New Developments in House Oversight Investigations of IRS, Benghazi
By Lindsey Grudnicki
June 25, 2013 11:29 PM
Rep. Darrell Issa confirmed on On the Record Tuesday evening that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will decide on Friday whether Lois Lerner’s Fifth Amendment plea is valid.
“You don’t get to pick and choose” what you say and then refuse to answer questions, the Oversight Committee chairman argued. He expects that the committee will work to get Lerner’s “full testimony” in the coming weeks.
Issa also provided details on the questionable IRS contracts that surfaced recently. The granting of these types of contracts to companies like Strong Castle Inc. ”looks wrong” and will be investigated by Congress, he explained.
The Republican representative from California described the IRS as “an agency in crisis.”
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, also serving on the Oversight Committee, then provided updates on the Benghazi investigation. Subpoenas have been issued to four officials in the State Department after months of the giving Congress the “stiff arm,” he said.
The Republican congressman from Utah asserted that it would be a “lie” to say that the State Department has been working with Congress to uncover what really happened during the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya. In fact, the State Department has “proven” that it does not intend to cooperate, and Secretary Kerry has not encouraged those with knowledge of the tragic events of September 11, 2012 to testify before Congress.