GOP Congressman Darrell Issa Will Not Run For Re-Election

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa

California Rep. Darrell Issa (R) has announced he will NOT run for re-election in 2018 delivering a blow to Republican efforts to retain control of the House of Representatives.

Issa, one of the wealthiest Congressmen in Washington, D.C., made the announcement this morning.

“While my service to California’s 49th District will be coming to an end, I will continue advocating on behalf of the causes that are most important to me, advancing public policy where I believe I can make a true and lasting difference, and continuing the fight to make our incredible nation an even better place to call home,” Issa said in the statement.

Issa was re-elected in 2016 with only 51% of the vote, and Hillary Clinton won his district in the presidential race by 7 points. This is a surprise possibility for Democrats to pick up in the 2018 mid-terms.

His announcement makes him the 31st Republican to not seek reelection in the Trump era. Democrats only need to pick up 24 seats to take control of the House.

Hillary Clinton won in 23 GOP districts.

Republican House IRS Investigation Finds No Connection To White House

Congressman Darrell Issa, who led IRS investigation which showed no connection to White House

A House Republican investigation looking into possible IRS violations released right before the Christmas holiday reveals no link to the White House in the tax-exempt status scandal.

The report says conservative groups were given improper scrutiny for more than two years from 2010 to 2012. It says senior IRS officials covered up the misconduct and misled Congress about it.

The report specifically faults eight senior IRS leaders who “were in a position to prevent or to stop the IRS’s targeting of conservative applicants.”

The eight include former Commissioner Douglas Shulman, former acting Commissioner Steven Miller, and Lois Lerner, who used to head the division that processes applications for tax-exempt status.

But so far, investigators have not released any documents showing that anyone outside the IRS directed the agency to mistreat conservative groups or even knew it was going on.

It’s common in politics to release news right before the holidays or late on Friday afternoons as most people aren’t paying close attention to the news cycle. Clearly, Issa doesn’t want a wide audience to know his investigation clears the White House of any wrongdoing.

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa cuts off fellow congressman’s mic and ends committee meeting.

This is one of the more dramatic things I’ve seen in Congress in a long while.

Vis Think Progress:

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) sought to silence the ranking Democrat on the Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), during a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s improper targeting of groups applying for tax-exempt status.

On Wednesday, after former IRS official Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination, Issa quickly moved to adjourn the session, saying he could “see no point in going further.” But as Cummings began to ask a procedural question about the issue, the Chairman tried to cut his mic, leaving Cummings to shout from his seat.

Watch below.

Rep. Darrell Issa says an “act of terror” is not a “terrorist act”

On September 12, 2012, the day after the Benghazi attacks, Obama delivered a speech in the Rose Garden in which he referred to the attacks as an “act of terror,” saying: “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.” The following day, Obama twice referred to the attacks as an act of terror, once in Colorado and once in Las Vegas.

During an appearance on Fox News’ America Live, Issa accused Obama of minimizing the attacks by referring to them as an “act of terror,” saying: “An act of terror is different than a terrorist attack. The truth is, this was a terrorist attack.”

Perhaps in the world of Washington DC politics, there might be a difference in the phraseology? But in the clip, Issa keeps saying “the American people deserve ‘real time’ information.” I seriously believe that if you tell the American people something was an “act of terror” or a “terrorist attack” – the American people perceive those as the same thing.

This is slicing and dicing, parsing and chopping language to help support the idea that something that didn‘t happen (a cover-up), happened.

(via Media Matters)