Democrats have been pressing Issa — the House GOP’s leading investigations ringleader — to release full transcripts of testimony given to the Committee, which Issa chairs, in the course of its investigation into the IRS scandal. Issa has released selected snippets of that testimony, and has suggested — without substantiation — that the White House directed the IRS targeting of conservative groups. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Oversight Committee Dem, says the full transcript of testimony will show the charges to be false, and will reveal Issa’s selective leaking for what it is...
Issa has since replied that releasing the full transcripts — as opposed to selected snippets of it — would be “reckless” and “irresponsible,” because it would “serve as a roadmap of the Committee’s investigation” in a way that could discourage future witnesses.
Now Dems on the Oversight Committee are calling Issa’s bluff. In a letter that was sent to Issa today, Cummings asks Issa to specify precisely how releasing full transcripts would harm the investigation, and even agrees to conceal any parts of them that would, according to Issa, do that.
Cummings asks for a reply by Monday, which strongly suggests he will release the full transcripts himself if Issa doesn’t respond.
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