Dem. Elijah Cummings defends shocking emails showing he coordinated with IRS effort to target True the Vote

The temperature soared Wednesday at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when its chairman accused the panel’s leading Democrat member of prompting the Internal Revenue Service to target a conservative group applying for tax exempt status.

Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., claimed that records the committee obtained included emails from U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and the IRS regarding True The Vote’s non-profit status application, according to the Washington Examiner.

True The Vote is a conservative organization founded to eliminate voter fraud, and is based in Texas — not Cummings’ Maryland district.

“The IRS and the Oversight Minority made numerous requests for virtually identical information from True the Vote, raising concerns that the IRS improperly shared protected taxpayer information with Rep. Cummings’ staff,” a statement from the Oversight panel reads.

The Examiner reported:

According to Issa, Cummings and his staff sought “copies of all training materials used for volunteers, affiliates, or other entities,” from True the Vote.

Five days after the Cummings inquiry, the IRS sent True the Vote an email requesting “a copy of [True the Vote’s] volunteer registration form,” “… the process you use to assign volunteers,” “how you keep your volunteers in teams,” and “how your volunteers are deployed … following the training they receive by you.”

At a February committee hearing, Cummings claimed that any notion that he or his staff had put True The Vote “on the radar screen” of the IRS was “absolutely incorrect and untrue.”

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This new information, in the form of letters and emails from 2012 to 2013, suggests coordination between Cummings’ office and the IRS. There was even a direct funneling of information from IRS supervisor Lois Lerner to Cummings’ staff at the congressman’s request. This prompted Issa and other GOP committee members to ask Cummings for an explanation.

“Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional agency scrutiny, communication records between your staff and IRS officials – which you did not disclose to Majority Members or staff – indicates otherwise,” the letter to Cummings states, according to Townhall. “As the Committee is scheduled to consider a resolution holding Ms. Lerner, a participant in responding to your communications that you failed to disclose, in contempt of Congress, you have an obligation to fully explain your staff’s undisclosed contacts with the IRS.”

Cummings responded Wednesday calling his inquiries appropriate and the chairman’s accusations “a desperate attempt to shift the focus on tomorrow’s contempt vote away from the serious Constitutional deficiencies in these proceedings.”

The House Oversight Committee plans a vote Thursday on whether to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress, prompting its minority members to accuse Issa of McCarthyism.

“We oppose Chairman Issa’s efforts to recreate the Oversight Committee in Joe McCarthy’s image, and we reject his attempts to drag us back to that shameful era in which Congress tried to strip away the constitutional rights of American citizens under the bright lights of hearings that had nothing to do with responsible oversight and everything to do with the most dishonorable kind of partisan politics,” the statement read according to Politico.

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  • sputnik1

    This whole thing just gets dirtier by the day. Not only was the I.R.S. told to go after Conservative groups but the likes of Cummings just had to get in on the intimidation too. I hope True the Vote sues their a$$es off and exposes everyone involved in this disgusting attack on our rights, freedom of speech and keeping the vote honest. Shameful doesn’t even begin to describe it. Criminal does it more justice.

    • Claire Garcia

      I remember the head of True The Vote, Catherine Engelbrecht, testifying before the Committee in charge of the IRS scandal. She, at one time in her testimony, mentioned “…receiving a letter from Cummings.” He didn’t deny it, either.

      Here is her statement from the True The Vote website:

      “As I have said in my testimony before Congress; I will not retreat, I will not surrender, I will not be intimidated. I will not ask Rep. Cummings, Lois Lerner, Barack Obama, or anyone else, for permission to exercise my constitutional rights.”
      - Catherine Engelbrecht, American Citizen —

      • Claire Garcia

        CORRECTION: That statement above is on True The Vote’s Facebook page.

      • Lauranne Wood

        Thanks for the reminder/quote!

      • TsT

        one great American !!

      • SusieQ

        He ( E-lie-jah Cummings) has been protecting himself anyway, they have e-mails from him requesting info from Lerner on Engelbrecht’s group. He should be removed from this committee immediately and should be brought up on charges as serious as Lerner’s.

        • LittleRoot_48

          If they bring him up on charges, he’ll reach in his back pocket and pull out the only thing he has going for him….the race card.

          • SusieQ

            I think that card has no more punches on it. These people have played their little game way too long. I know one card that should be taken from him and that’s his voter registration card.

          • David Tierney

            Totally in agreement. I don’t care if the person is purple, green, blue or gold. If you cross the majority or you can’t do the job, get the hell out and stop nursing on the teats of the taxpayers

          • notapinhead

            Guilty as assumed.

        • James Vanderbloeman

          Tanpering with evidence, impeding an investigation, many other thing on top of that I’m sure. I definatly agree he should be removed from this committee immediately if not sooner and a full investigation done on him and his actions.

          • SusieQ

            Holder is corrupt , who is going to investigate, this is such a mess.

      • sputnik1

        I remember that statement also. I also remember Catherines lawyer Cleta Mitchell stating that Catherine would be filing a suit against Cummings for the letters he sent her regarding True the Vote. He was trying to insinuate that True the Vote was somehow being racist in their efforts to stop fraud which was ludicrous.

        • Claire Garcia

          It amazes me how they throw racism around as if the word is meaningless. And, believe me, true racism is not meaningless. They have no shame. It’s win, win, win at any cost. The more they scream it nowadays, the more I ignore it and that’s on them.

          • sputnik1

            I agree, it’s been totally played out by them and carries absolutely no weight anymore. Now it just comes off as pathetic and lame.

          • David Tierney

            We can all thank Sharpton and Jackson for that.

          • Parker Orfield

            Where is that “RACE CARD”?

          • Brian Robinson

            It to the point of the little boy who cried wolf!

      • John Law

        In typical Democratic form, When your wrong or don’t have an answer, change the topic or change the blame to, in this case McCarthyism?? Really Mr. Cummings? Please!!

        • Claire Garcia

          Funny thing is, history has proven that Joe McCarthy was right in his accusations. But, that doesn’t stop the Dems from throwing McCarthyism around.

    • razor1

      do you ever wonder why the Federal Election Commission who is paid to do this… doesn’t insure that our election are fair?

    • greg28818

      Yes, but any settlement should come from taking away the pensions of those involved and not “We the People”.

    • actions_over_words

      If we don’t million citizen march, and I mean around 10 to 20 million, then this won’t stop.
      Doesn’t matter who is next, power will corrupt, I think 20 million people should send the message.
      We mostly get crapped on because the powers of old don’t understand (they think they do) how educated this population is getting because of the Internet; however, shoving it in their face in person will enlighten them.

  • tracymae

    Throw him out with the traSH.

    • TsT

      Throw ALL the CBC out !!

    • LittleRoot_48

      He IS the trash.

  • Jerry

    No wonder cummings is so opposed to finding out just what is the truth.He has a lot of explaining to do.

    • DILLIGAF

      You mean Splannin to do

      • Claire Garcia

        ‘Splaining? :o)

        • LittleRoot_48

          Lucy always had a lot of ‘splainin’ to do to Desi.

          • Claire Garcia

            Yes, she did! LOL

  • http://113tidbits.com/ tony greene

    I knew his milk-dud headed ass was dirty. All he and the Black Caucus are good at is playing the “victim”. hopefully this weeds him out for the vile worm that he is.

    • MinistryofFear

      It’s time for the race boys, Jesse and Al, to come to his rescue. The poor fat bastard obviously is overmatched by the white boy!

      • joe cartwright

        Haven’t you heard..Old Al is a snitch for the FBI???

        • ConservatismWorks

          And we all know how someone ends up snitching for the FBI – they get caught doing something wrong and make a deal to save their own backside.

          • http://113tidbits.com/ tony greene

            Yea, old Al was looking for some “pure coke” during an FBI sting. That’s how they flipped him over to his CI-7 status.

          • LittleRoot_48

            Well, the way his brain has deteriorated over the years, he MUST have found that “pure coke.”

          • Danni Smith

            OMG-that’s excellent-obvious and I didn’t think of it-of course that’s what absolutely 100% what had to happen. Which, of course makes sharpton the unconvicted criminal we always knew he was.

        • LittleRoot_48

          Don’t you just love those pictures of him back in the day? LMAO!

    • LittleRoot_48

      Gee thanks. I USED to like milk duds. No more!

  • Mark Seegar

    I’m sure Obama just told him to lie about it. “It always works for me. No one will do anything I promise. My puppet Holder will make sure of that. Just say it’s a witch hunt from the other side”. Problem solved.

  • Larry Mellette

    The bad part was bringing Joe McCarthy into it. If you read. Joe McCarthy was right. They were spies. So how does that argument work for this situation?

    • LittleRoot_48

      This country owes Joe McCarthy a posthumous apology. He was RIGHT.

  • CrossingTheDelaware

    The irony is rich – One of the individuals that should be a subject of the IRS abuse investigation is sitting in the investigative committee.

    If Cummings had a modicum of virtue, he would recuse himself. He has proved enough times he does not, and so the chairman of this committee should seek to remove Cummings.

    • LittleRoot_48

      Isn’t that ALWAYS the way it is in the District of Corruption? The “inmates” always investigate themselves.

      • sputnik1

        If this doesn’t show just how untouchable all these sociopaths think they are, nothing will. For Cummings to sit there knowing full well he was complicit and run his mouth trying to obstruct and stonewall any information is beyond ridiculous. I think it’s high time outsiders far from the swamp known as Washington, D.C. (district of criminals) are called in to this cesspool of corruption to cuff and stuff them all.

  • J. C. Smith

    Cummings is a liar, as the record clearly shows. Unfortunately, there is no recourse as the DOJ will do nothing, the President will say nothing, and the MSM will not report it.

  • Jerry

    I am from Maryland. We have tolerated him long enough.

    • Kritikal2

      He’s my congressman, but he certainly doesn’t represent me or my interests. Take a look at his gerrymandered district and you’ll see the lengths the Democrats will go to in Maryland to suppress the voices of anyone who opposes them.

    • (CofC) Cult of Cannibals

      Sorry to hear that Jerry, I avoid that state

    • 19Robes50

      Unfortunately, Maryland demographics and the Democratic Machine that exists here, have made Cummings unassailable. Should he choose, he will be Congressman for Life Elijah Cummings.

      • auntielib

        Members of the Working Class need to leave states like that. Deny them the massive portion of your hard-earned wages that they seize from you every year in taxes and in fees. Move to red states.
        I left MA for that very reason, and have never regretted it, even though I have family in MA.

        • francoamerian

          That is happening now. In Maryland large companies such as the Berretta Gun Manufacturers are leaving Maryland. Now the spice giant which started in Baltimore Maryland, McCormicks is talking of leaving Maryland. More people are leaving Maryland then are coming in. Our illustrious Governor Martin O’Malley recently had a tax passed on citizens which will tax them on the amount of rainfall on their property. That is true! No joke! They are actually taxing the rainfall on your property under the guise of trying to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

          • auntielib

            That’s almost unbelievable! Our country’s economy is totally stagnant now, thanks to the high level of taxation and out-of-control federal (and state, in many instances, especially in the blue states) spending.

            When the money that the Working Class earns is taken away from them (via taxes) it both takes away personal freedom AND reduces incentive to work, create, produce. But liberals/Democrats either don’t understand that, or in their greed and lust for power they just don’t care.

            But hey, I’m not saying anything that all of us here (except the Democrat Trolls) don’t know already.

          • LittleRoot_48

            I wish that surprised me, but it doesn’t. I put nothing past any governmental body.

          • Simkovich Chuckie

            Proof that fact is stranger than fiction.

      • LittleRoot_48

        Maybe Divine Intervention will intercede before that happens. I keep praying for it, but I guess God has His own plan for those scalawags.

        • 19Robes50

          We can only hope. Maryland, with very few exceptions is dyed in the wool democrat. That wouldn’t be so bad but, they believe… I truly mean believe that we are beneath them, and they act that way!

    • LittleRoot_48

      Bless your heart. You have become a bedroom community for the District of Corruption.

      • Jerry

        There are 23 counties in Maryland. 21 of them vote republican. All the jewish liberals in one county vote democrat. All the blacks in in a DC bordering county vote democrat and Out of sight crime ridden Black Baltimore City vote democrat. Those 3 areas have more than half the population in the state.

        • LittleRoot_48

          It galls me to look at a red state/blue state map of the US and see just how red the country is and yet these small liberal-infested areas of inner cities and kookvilles like San Francisco can turn the country into a Democrat-ruled h3ll hole.

  • Teresa

    This man is the evilest looking man I have ever seen.

    • Jerry

      He has a weird overtone in his voice too.

    • marlene lapierre

      Teresa, when I first starting watching him defend himself, I was thinking how evil he looked. I have never seen anyone look like that before. Geesh