Issa claims tea party targeting probably directed from Washington

The Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, told CNN that interviews committee staff conducted with low level IRS employees at the Cincinnati office pointed to direction for the IRS Washington office. Reuters: "This is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters and we're getting to proving it," Issa said Sunday morning on CNN's "State of the Union." The top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, rejected Issa's claims, accusing him of "lobbing unsubstantiated conclusions on national television for political reasons." "So far, no witnesses who have appeared before the committee have identified any IRS official in Washington, D.C. who directed employees in Cincinnati to use 'tea party' or similar terms to screen applicants for extra scrutiny," Cummings said in a statement. 'I BELIEVE SO' Committee Democrats did not receive last week's full interview transcripts until late...(Read Full Post)