Ever since the House Oversight Committee began its investigation into the IRS, ranking member, Elijah Cummings has been trying to cut the investigation off at the pass. For the longest time we thought he was covering for Obama, but he wasn’t.
Cummings was covering for himself. It seems that he communicated with Lois Lerner and asked for information on True the Vote. He also sent 8 and 9 page missives directly to True the Vote, demanding they answer his questions. The problem is his “investigation” was illegal and now he is about to face the consequences, looking an ethics probe right in the eye.
“On behalf of True the Vote, we filed a complaint against Rep. Cummings on February 6 with the Office of Congressional Ethics asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Rep. Cummings or any member of his staff had played any role in getting any of the agencies that went after Catherine Engelbrecht and her family after she became involved with True the Vote. Two IRS audits about the business, her personal tax returns, two visits from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, a surprise visit from OSHA, seven visits from the FBI. I mean, these are not coincidences. And so we wanted to know what role Rep. Cummings or any of his staff had played in any of that and why Rep. Cummings undertook to misrepresent that he was conducting an investigation of True the Vote, which we think was in violation of House rules.”
Before the 2012 election, there seemed to be a concerted effort by Democrats to get the IRS and other agencies onto the backs of conservative groups.