Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Rev. Lou Reports: On the IRS Hearings

Once again, I was on the ground floor for the second of what promises to be many rounds of IRS Hearings in the U.S. House Oversight and Investigations Committee.

Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and other committee members did an outstanding job of interrogating and hammering at the stone wall the Obama administration is hurriedly constructing as you're reading this. Chairman Issa and the Oversight Committee put together some facts, and used audio/visual slides of e-mails that were sent from one of the key witnesses -- e-mails which contradicted what the other witnesses said!

This is hearing #2, and the investigations have just begun.

At one point, the chamber exploded into applause after top IRS official Lois Lerner clearly made her points and then immediately invoked her 5th Amendment right. Rep. Trey Gowdy immediately fired back:
"She just waived her Fifth Amendment right to privilege,” Mr. Gowdy said. “You don’t get to tell your side of the story and then not be subjected to cross-examination. That’s not the way it works.
The chamber exploded in applause.

What was exposed today? The Obama administration is covering up, and they have an incredble lack of memorization of the events that transpired. Nothing but pat answers, and the bottom line is simple: we want substance, not fluff!

Even Congressional Democrats are asking tough questions. They know that there's a big cover up, and they know that it is the Obama administration that did this, and they are trying desperately not the throw the president and his political appointees under the bus -- as well as friendly bureaucrats scurrying about doing Obama's will.

The Democrats know they have a problem... and they are doing everything to get their act together and their story straight. Some in the media are pushing the line that the IRS scandal is not a big deal... but the Democrats are in disarray -- doing everything they can to protect themselves first, and one another second.

Chairman Issa and the ranking Democrat Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) sang the same tune and asked tough, direct questions. Members of Congress are shining light and exposing the Obama administration for who they are and what they have done.

These facts are not going away.