On Sunday’s edition of CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, called White House press secretary Jay Carney a “paid liar,” Noel Sheppard reported at Newsbusters.
“And the administration is still, their paid liar, their spokesperson, picture behind, he’s still making up things about what happens and calling this local rogue,” he told Candy Crowley in response to a question about transcripts, while gesturing to a picture of Carney on the set.
“The reason Lois Lerner tried to take the fifth is not because there’s a rogue in Cincinnati. It’s because this is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters and we’re getting to proving it. We have eighteen more transcribed interviews to do,” he added.
“But as yet you don’t have that direct link,” Crowley said.
“The President’s spokesperson is saying whatever is convenient at the time and the story changes,” Issa responded, but said the committee will learn the whole truth.
In mid-May, for example, Carney told CNN’s Piers Morgan that the scandals involving the IRS, Benghazi and the Associated Press phone records “don’t exist.” Since that statement, the scandals have grown wider.
On Friday, CNN reported that 88 IRS employees may have documents relevant to the investigation — far more than the two employees originally reported.
“However,” CNN said, “with no documents in hand, there is no way to know how many of the employees being asked to preserve documents were truly involved in the activity in question.”
Additionally, Politico reported that former IRS Commissioner Doug Schulman was cleared to visit the White House nearly 150 times during his tenure — more than members of Obama’s cabinet. According to some reports, Schulman only visited the White House 11 times, but the revelation has some wondering how high the scandal goes.
“If someone had asked me if I were 157 times, and I wasn’t, I would have known the answer, and I would have given that answer,” CNN contributor and Republican strategist Kevin Madden recently said on the “The Lead.”
But Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, presented the same argument as Carney.
“This is a fabricated debate, just because [Fox News anchor] Bill O’Reilly is raising questions about it, it doesn’t mean there’s actually anything going on here,” she said, while admitting that many of the meetings were for “healthcare implementation.”
“I was in them with him,” she said.
Video of Issa’s comments can be seen here.
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