Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democrat on the House Oversight Committee which is investing the IRS of late has been going around stressing his opinion that the IRS scandal has reached its limits and should be wrapped up. This raised a red flag in my mind as to the timing of this suggestion. I am thinking that now that more information is being discovered on IRS official Lois Lerner with more e-mails being exposed Cummings wants to wrap it up. This sounds like a person that is starting to get worried that the investigation is closing in to the truth.
Catherine Engelbrecht who is the president of her company named True the Vote was represented tonight by her Attorney Cleta Mitchell with Megyn Kelly, of the Kelly File on Fox News. She brought the viewers up to speed in regard to the chain of events that the company went through with the IRS to acquire tax exempt status. Mind you this is the same harassment other companies went through from the IRS.
In the spring of 2012, 18 months after the company applied for this status which normally just takes a couple of months, they were finally approached by the IRS with a questionnaire with about 100 questions. In the fall about 6 months later Rep. Cummings advised that he was going to start his own investigation in regard to the company True the Vote. This is unheard of. The suspicion aroused when the questions put forth by the Cummings staff was very similar to the questions put forth by the IRS. Because of this Attorney Mitchell felt that Cummings and the IRS were coordinating. In February in front of the committee Attorney Mitchell brought up this allegation and Rep. Cummings denied it. After the session True the Vote filed a complaint with the Congressional Ethics Committee.
So now we get to the part as to why Cummings wants this IRS scandal wrapped up and that is because he is part of it. Newly disclosed e-mails show that Lois Lerner and others in the IRS were e-mailing each other to the fact that Rep. Cummings was asking for information from the IRS staff on True the Vote, such as tax returns and any other information they could muster. That means when Cummings denied in February that he did not coordinate with the IRS he lied right in front of a Congressional Committee. What right does he have to ask information presumably from an independent agency such as the IRS on such matters. He has gone beyond his scope of jurisdiction. His involvement is now deep and there is no getting around the e-mails. Rep. Elijah Cummings lied.