While nearly every conservative knows about Benghazi and the IRS, can they honestly say that they really know anything about either? By that I mean, outside of right-wing propaganda and talking points, what facts have been proven in either “investigation” that have shown actual criminal wrongdoing?
Benghazi was found to have been mishandled by just about every branch of government, and agency, that was involved. Including the embassy itself.
How many “shocking” revelations about Benghazi have any of these “investigations” by Republicans produced?
I’ll give you a hint: The answer is zero.
Then with the IRS, it’s basically been a circus. Especially considering they continue to perpetuate this idea that conservative groups were unfairly singled out and targeted. The only problem with this claim is that evidence surfaced last year showing that liberals groups were also targeted.
However, now they’ve got these missing emails. And while I’ll admit that it does seems a little suspicious that these emails went missing, that doesn’t “prove” that something corrupt and scandalous took place.
But one would think that as much time as Darrell Issa has spent on this IRS investigation, and as sure as he seems to be about some kind of illegal activity having occurred, he could answer a simple question pertaining to the evidence he has proving that some kind of scandal took place.
Except, he couldn’t.
During an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley, she asked the congressman, “Can you give me, the one fact – here it is. Here’s our smoking gun?”
And he blatantly danced around the question.
“We sent your people almost four hundred pages of the report, and that details item by item email by email statements that she made versus other people,” Issa said. “The nature of the beast just like a criminal prosecution is that you build a case.”
I’m going to take a wild guess here, but I’m almost certain her staff reviewed the nearly 400 pages they sent and that’s why she asked that question. Because there wasn’t any “smoking gun” evidence in any of those 400 pages proving anything.
She asked the question again, prompting Issa to provide a second non-answer to her question.
Crowley even asked if there was evidence linking any of this to the White House, to which Issa said there wasn’t evidence to link any possible corruption at the IRS to the White House.
Interesting statements considering just a few days before this interview he had given another one where he stated his belief that the White House was involved.
“I believe Lois Lerner is hiding something. I believe the Justice Department, the IRS, and the White House are interested in her succeeding in hiding what she’s hiding, which is her targeting of conservative groups based on their ideology in support of the president’s war on Citizens United, a Supreme Court decision that he didn’t like. This is something that he vehemently opposes and Lois Lerner acted on his opposition.”
So, he admits to Candy Crowley that there’s no evidence linking the White House to any possible wrongdoing at the IRS, but earlier he directly stated that he believes the White House played a part in all of this.
Let’s ignore for a moment that this is the lead investigator, and he admitted that his mind is already made up based on no evidence whatsoever. I find it extremely shady that on CNN he admitted to Crowley that there’s no evidence linking the White House to the IRS. Yet when he had his interview on Fox News he clearly made it a point to act as if there was evidence linking the White House to his investigation.
How has this guy not been investigated for corruption?
Here we have a lead investigator admitting that (without evidence) his mind is made up as to what happened, he’s changing his story based on the network on which he’s giving his interview and after all this time he apparently can’t pinpoint one piece of “smoking gun evidence” linking any kind of serious criminal activity.
When it comes to this IRS “investigation,” all Republicans are trying to do is find any way to possibly link the White House to something that might appear even remotely shady. That’s it.
And Issa proved that during this interview when he refused to answer a simple question pertaining to any kind of evidence that clearly proves something criminal took place at the IRS.
But I think it’s time Democrats start pushing for an investigation into Darrell Issa. Because I think it’s clear he’s based these investigations off of his own party’s partisan agenda rather than facts or evidence.
Watch the interview below via CNN:
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