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With three scandals (Benghazi, IRS targeting, Justice seizure of AP reporters phone records) swirling around the Obama administration, White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, went into full denial mode:
“I dismiss the premise, the idea that these are scandals,” Carney said flatly.
Interesting viewpoint. In related news, Carney denied that he works for the Obama administration, denied that his name is Jay Carney, and denied that the earth rotates around the sun.
But in spite of Carney's ridiculous "dogs are not dogs" rhetoric, he still has a leg up on Eric Holder.
Called to testify before Congress about the Justice Dept. secretly seizing AP phone records, Attorney General Holder said "I don't know" to just about every pertinent question asked of him. Here's a sample of his pathetic responses:
The Attorney General recused himself from the leak investigation that wound up targeting the AP, so he had a handy way to avoid answering any questions about it when he was called before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
"I was not the person involved in that decision," he told Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the committee. "I was recused in that matter."
Nearly every time he was asked a question about the AP, Holder found some way to dismiss it. A sample of his answers:
"I am not familiar with the reasons why the subpoena was constructed in the way that it was because I'm simply not a part of the case."
"I do not know, however, with regard to this particular case, why that was or was not done."
"I simply do not have a factual basis for answering that question."
"Again, Mr. Chairman, I don't know."
"I assume he was, but I don't know."
"I don't know what has happened in this matter."
“This is both an ongoing matter and an ongoing matter about which I know nothing.”
Did it simply not occur to Holder to FIND OUT about the AP scandal prior to facing Congress ? Of course not. He knew full well what sort of questions he'd be asked. He is the head of the Justice Dept., and he is responsible for the actions of those who work for him. Holder was simply stonewalling. He should be fired and cited for contempt of Congress. This nonsense has gone on long enough. Every time these scandals pop up, nobody knows anything. Nobody is responsible for anything. This stinks to high heaven.
NBC's Lisa Myers reported this morning that the IRS deliberately chose not to reveal that it had wrongly targeted conservative groups until after the 2012 presidential election. She said the head of the IRS had known about the targeting for a year. Watch the video at the above link for her entire report.
Now, guess what the acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller said when Congress asked him who was responsible for targeting conservative groups. Do I even have to tell you ?:
Acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller said indicated he did not know who was responsible for the targeting of conservative groups by IRS agents. ”I don’t have that name, sir,” he told GOP congressman Dave Reichert in today’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the scandal, which came to light last Friday.
Reichert persisted, “Did you ask anybody?”
“Yes,” Miller responded — he asked the senior technical adviser, Nancy Marks.
“And what did Nancy tell you, who’s responsible?” Reichert asked.
“That I don’t remember, to be honest with you,” Miller said.
Hundreds of conservative groups were targeted, and Miller can't even come up with one name of a person responsible ? Not even when he KNOWS this is what Congress will ask him ? This is another guy who should be cited for contempt of Congress (Obama already made him resign, even though he was going to resign in a few weeks anyway). Miller is clearly covering up.
It's time to hold the feet of these lying sob's to the fire. They are displaying incredible arrogance in addition to the corruption that happened on their watch. Every time they stonewall, the culture of corruption is further confirmed.
I will be out of town for the next couple of weeks. I'll try to check in, but I can't promise anything.