Democrats Accuse Gowdy of Politicizing Investigations

Editor’s Note – Democrats are accusing Rep. Gowdy, Chairmen of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, of using the investigation for fundraising. Elijah Cummings and his troops are once again trying to take the focus off of Hillary.

Once again, they are doing a great disservice to those they represent; all for political ends in their now famous protection racket tactics.

The Democrats are doing their best to find something—anything—to puncture Gowdy’s image. Guilt transference to keep America in the dark and confused. Shameful…

Democrats Try to Erode Gowdy’s Standing on Benghazi

By Ben Geman – National Journal

For Republicans probing Benghazi and Hillary Clinton’s private email use, Rep. Trey Gowdy’s just-the-facts-ma’am approach has been a shield against charges that it’s a nakedly political investigation.

But Democrats are doing their best to find something—anything—to puncture that image.

So now they’re pointing to the Select Committee on Benghazi chairman’s comments about the probe at a GOP event over the weekend. Gowdy spoke to the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs, an organization of local GOP clubs that held a convention in Chattanooga.

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Gowdy lauded Tennessee Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann for the Appropriations Committee push to withhold some State Department funding until the agency is more responsive to document demands from Gowdy’s panel.

“We have tried public shame, it didn’t work. We have tried threats and subpoenas and letters, that hasn’t worked.

What has worked is when we partnered with our friends on Appropriations and let the State Department and other agencies know: Your money will be cut if you do not provide us with documents,” Gowdy said to applause near the beginning of his remarks at the event.

 Correct The Record, which is a pro-Clinton super PAC, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the Benghazi panel, pounced on the comments, which were reported by theChattanooga Times Free Press.

“Trey Gowdy has politicized his investigation to benefit Republicans, proving that his Benghazi investigation is a political hit job against Hillary Clinton—nothing more, nothing less,” said Correct the Record President Brad Woodhouse, a longtime Democratic strategist and operative, on Monday.

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, has sought to distance himself from Republican efforts to politically wound Clinton over Benghazi and her use of a private email server while secretary of State.

In March, Gowdy backed out of a planned GOP fundraiser in Richmond, Virginia, after finding out that the event would feature a discussion about Benghazi.

Later that month, The New York Times reported that Gowdy (among some congressional Republicans) was frustrated by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus citing the email controversy to attack the Democratic frontrunner.

But Cummings and Correct The Record alleged that Gowdy’s comments represented fundraising on behalf of Republicans, noting that the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs describes itself as an “allied” organization of the Republican National Committee. Registration for their convention was $150-$200.

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“Republicans continue to use the deaths of four brave Americans in Benghazi as a political rallying cry and fundraising tool, which is offensive, reprehensible, and contrary to the promises we made to the loved ones of those who were killed during the 2012 attacks,” Cummings said.

The GOP group and Gowdy’s aides dismissed the criticism, flatly disputing the allegation that it represented GOP fundraising.

“Associations and groups regularly charge fees to attend conventions to help offset expenses. Our convention included eight meals and many speakers.

Chairman Gowdy was not paid for his appearance, nor did we raise money at the luncheon at which he spoke. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and the Democrats are flat-out wrong,” said Holly M. Lintner, the executive director of the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs.

She and Gowdy’s committee office noted that Benghazi came up only briefly in Gowdy’s remarks to the convention.

Jamal Ware, a spokesman for Republicans on the Benghazi panel, defended his comments about efforts to force the State Department’s hand with the appropriations bill.

“Many news outlets have reported on a recent appropriations bill that withholds non-security related funds to incentivize the State Department to ensure the American people and Congress gain access to what should be public records,” Ware said.

“Chairman Gowdy noted this fact in his speech. If some do not see the importance of government transparency for the people and don’t think it should be mentioned, then that is their own issue, but Chairman Gowdy believes in it.”

Voter ID Laws – Obama Decries Voter Fraud as Bogus

Editor’s Note – The left has chosen to champion an issue that does not exist while decrying facts of one that does – demonstrably.

They say that Voter ID Laws curb voting and that real voter fraud does not exist to warrant such laws, all the while blaming the right.

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Catherine Englebrecht of True the Vote

Obama, along with his henchman, Eric Holder, constantly tell us that voter ID laws are preventing voting instead of making it easier, all while stating that these laws are unneeded because there really isn’t any voter fraud occurring.

However, the ‘weaponization’ of the government has been their choice to drive their points home on all fronts.

They repeat this mantra hoping ill-informed people will continue to be just that, ill-informed, and will continue to believe their propaganda about Voter ID Laws.

The problem is that there are many ways to see the proof that voter IDs are necessary and do not stop or infringe upon anyone wishing to vote and that voter fraud is rampant in all states.

Catherine Englebrecht of True the Vote can prove this. Yes, that Catherine Englebrecht, of the now infamous IRS hearings, the weaponization of the IRS. The very person who Elijah Cummings, D-MD (Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee) attempted to investigate per newly revealed emails as we witnessed this week.

New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote. True the Vote was targeted by the IRS after applying for tax exempt status more than two years ago. (Read the rest at TownHall.)

This all started for Englebrecht because of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas in 2010, when she accused Englebrecht’s organization of interfering with voters and committing crimes as Engelbrecht and her teams taught people how to monitor voting to ferret out fraud. We are confident that the truth about both Lee and Cummings will be forthcoming soon; along with due punishment.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate election integrity org True the Vote and its associated Tea Party group, King Street Patriots, immediately before the IRS and DOJ began targeting the group in June 2010.

Rep. Jackson Lee sent a letter to Holder which alleged that True the Vote was intimidating voters and their election monitors were crossing the line in unspecified “instances” of voter intimidation. The letter went on to directly assert that the “alleged events” were factual and that the True the Vote effort was behind the crimes. The letter offered no documented instances or data of any kind.

The letter, titled “Voter Intimidation in Houston, Texas and Request for DOJ Poll Monitors to Be Sent,” urged Holder to investigate with his DOJ and stated, “As a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, I urge you to order an immediate investigation into these incidents, and call for the Department of Justice to send poll monitors to Harris County immediately to ensure a safe and neutral voting environment during the November 2 election.”

“It was strange and concerning,” said Catherine Englebrecht, founder of King Street Patriots and True the Vote. “She first said there were unspecified reports of crimes and that we were believed to be behind them. In the next paragraph, she began specifically stating that the events did occur, thus accusing us of crimes.” (Read more here.)

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Elijah Cummings and Darrell Issa

Darrel Issa, R-CA, Chairman of Oversight committee seems to be playing the cards very well in exposing the real fraud that is the Democrat Party’s desire to shut down the 1st amendment rights of those who disagree with them.

Here is just a sample of what True the Vote has documented:

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Of course, these facts do not deter Obama and his merry band of liars from calling them “bogus” and using the government as a weapon:

Obama decries ‘bogus’ voter fraud complaints

By Justin Cink – The Hill

President Obama labeled complaints about voter fraud “bogus” and accused Republicans of cynically trying to prevent Americans from accessing the polls in a fiery speech Friday at a civil rights forum hosted by Al Sharpton.

Obama argued that attempts in some states to impose new voter identification restrictions were actually efforts by Republicans to make “it harder, not easier to vote.” And the president said that while voter fraud should be prevented, it rarely occurred.

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“So let’s be clear, the real voter fraud is the people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud,” Obama said.

Obama sad that the efforts betrayed a weakness within the Republican Party, saying his opposition needed to restrict poll access to remain competitive.

“If your strategy depends on fewer people showing up to vote, that’s not a sign of strength, it’s a sign of weakness,” Obama said.

“What kind of political platform is that?” he added. “Why would you make that part of your agenda, preventing people from voting?”

Obama called on Congress to pass an updated formula that would restore a central provision of the Voting Rights Act.

Last year, the Supreme Court gutted a part of the historic civil rights legislation that required certain jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to clear changes in voting procedures with the federal government.

The court said Congress could update the formula for “pre-clearance,” but lawmakers have been unable to agree on new standards.

Some Southern states have subsequently moved aggressively to impose new, tougher voter ID requirements. Supporters of the legislation, including many Republicans, argue the new standards help prevent voter fraud.

But Democrats say the changes are really intended to exclude poor, minority and young voters who might not have the required photo identification and for whom obtaining it would prove costly.

“Just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is, but a lot of people don’t,” Obama quipped, in reference to the campaign controversy over his birthplace. “I think it’s still up on a website. You remember that? That was crazy. That was some crazy stuff. I hadn’t thought about that in a while.”

Obama accused Republicans lawmakers of “changing the rules to try to restrict people’s access to the ballot.”

And the president said he would have Attorney General Eric Holder review all of the laws being passed for possible legal challenges.

“I will not let voter suppression go unchallenged,” Obama said.

But he also encouraged the assembled crowd to turn out and volunteer to register voters, even as restrictions tightened.

The president did not discuss alternative proposals to combat changes to voting laws.

Earlier this week, civil rights leader Andrew Young suggested Obama provide free Social Security cards with photos to all citizens, in a proposal endorsed by Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration hadn’t had a chance to renew the proposal.

“We haven’t had an opportunity to review all of the implications of that idea that Bill Clinton and others have put forward, but generally speaking on the question of voting rights, President Obama believes we should be making it easier and not harder for every eligible citizen to vote,” Carney said.

IRS Hearing – The 'Circus' of the Left & the 5th by Lerner

By Scott W. Winchell, Editor

Today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the IRS Scandal lasted less than 25 minutes, most of which was a ‘Circus’ with Elijah Cummings, the Ranking Member as the ‘Ring Master’, all to provide political cover to the IRS and the administration as new ‘smoking gun emails’ emerged.

The purpose of the hearing, as Chairman Issa took pains to make clear, was solely to continue seeking testimony, or the lack thereof, from Lois Lerner, the former Director of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division.

As Issa attempts to leave after adjournment, Elijah Cummings goes on a tirade.
As Issa attempts to leave after adjournment, Elijah Cummings goes on a tirade.

Before this hearing, there was much discussion about whether or not she would give actual testimony, and her lawyer and Issa had differing takes on what was actually said in communications prior.

Today he proved it in his opening remarks. There was an email from the committee’s counsel to her lawyer asking if she wanted a week delay, to which, in an email response comprised of a single word, her lawyer replied: “Yes!” (Emphasis added)

We encourage you to watch the entire hearing because despite Lerner declaring her fifth amendment rights repeatedly, a major scene occurred, and the ‘Circus’ began.

Ranking Member Elijah Cummings went off on Issa in what can only be described as an attempt to provide political cover for the administration.

Issa was not going to allow that circus to perform, because that is exactly what the Democrats were trying to do. It then deteriorated into a farce thanks to Cummings, the ‘Ring Leader’.

By watching the whole video, you will see how that rolled out.

Initially, it is very hard to tell if any Democrat other than Elijah Cummings and Ms. Maloney was at their seat when Issa opened the proceedings. As Issa asked Lerner several questions after reaffirming her oath, she declined to answer any of them.

It became abundantly clear to any critical thinking American that his questions were all prosecutorial as they should be. Seeing that she would not answer him, that meant she would not answer anyone’s questions, Republican or Democrat.

As the hearing begins, we see very few Democrats in their assigned stations. They only came in later to support what was obviously a pre-planned staging to support Elijah Cummings.
As the hearing begins, we see very few Democrats in their assigned stations. They only came in later to support what was obviously a pre-planned staging to support Elijah Cummings.

Knowing full well that if he went further and allowed each member to take their five minutes each, Issa knew it was just going to be a set of political statements from the left. Many would argue that the right would do the same thing, but Issa knew that too would be undue, though very unlikely, so he adjourned the hearing. However, by this time, a few Democrats had emerged to take their seats, filtering in only to support Cummings.

Cummings then erupted when he requested an answer to a procedural question and was cut off because he had no procedural question. Then it got really political. The man claiming that Issa was doing a political witch hunt, made it clear that the Democrats had another game plan, they were there only to make political statements.

Cummings called it a one-sided investigation, but images and the video show that the one-sided group was the left, hell-bent on political cover, never actually investigating. Since Issa adjourned the meeting and excused the witness, the Republicans had left but Cummings drolled on, initially in a very heated manner.

Elijah Cummings rants and raves after the mics were cut off and you can see, only a few Democrats were at the hearing, all to Cummings left. By now due to adjournment, the right side is now empty.
Elijah Cummings rants and raves after the mics were cut off and you can see, only a few Democrats were at the hearing, all to Cummings left. By now due to adjournment, the right side is now empty.

Cummings spoke without the sound system on and acted as if the hearing was still proceeding, for almost as long as the actual hearing lasted. It is clear when you watch and listen as the CSPAN system picked them up, that Cummings never had a question, he just wanted to have his political say. Unfortunately, that was a formal hearing, not a place for political soap box stumping. At the start the only seats filled were on the right of Issa, after it was adjourned the only seats filled were on his left.

The 'smoking gun email' where Lois Lerner writes "The Tea Party Matter is very Dangerous"
The ‘smoking gun email’ where Lois Lerner writes “The Tea Party matter, very Dangerous”

We ask again, who is being political and who is actually doing oversight? The left smears the right and accuses them of doing what they themselves are most guilty, making a political mockery of a formal hearing that affects every American.

In our opinion, Cummings should be brought up on ethics charges for his and the actions of his party at this hearing, and the others previously held.

They spout that they are there to find the truth, but they never actually ask questions to get to the truth.

But when the Republicans ask pointed prosecutorial questions and present factual instruments, the left calls them political hacks obsessed on taking down this most scandalous administration. On the left you can see an image that Issa showed at the hearing that points out that Lois Lerner calls this “Tea Party matter, very dangerous.”

Once you have viewed the video of the hearing, please note the second video of the exit interviews on Fox News.

Every American, left or right, should be hopping mad at what the “Cummings Crew” is doing to make sure no one is held responsible and to allow the IRS to continue to intrude on our first amendment rights.

It is also of note that due to Issa’s investigations, with the help of Congressman Jim Jordan and Trey Gowdy, new individual names, agencies, and evidence are involved and tangible proof will likely lead to the FEC and perhaps contempt of congress for at least Lois Lerner.

Near the very end, one Democrat on the Committee can be overheard saying that by Issa leaving after adjournment, “He took the fifth Elijah,” now wasn’t that cute to answer Cummings question, “what are you hiding Mr. Chairman?”

Here is the actual hearing in full:

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Here is the interview video:

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