“This is the law. And every two years — let me tell you something. Every two years I come to the Congress, just like my good friend, Mr. Labrador, we put up our hands to swear to uphold the Constitution and the laws of this country. It is the law.”
That’s what Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings told Anderson Cooper last October. What was he talking about you may wonder. Was it the disastrous Fast and Furious scandal and the cover-up that followed? No, Rep. Cummings dismissed questions over the DOJ Attorney General Eric Hold’s role in the affair as “an election-year witch hunt”.
Was it about the unanswered questions about the Benghazi terrorist attack? No, you see Rep. Cummings already explained that “death is a part of life“, so that’s the end of that.
So what could that statement be about? It should be obvious, by now, you see Rep. Elijah Cummings was talking about the Affordable Care Act known in my circle as “Obama-don’t-care”. However, it’s a good thing that the esteemed and honorable gentleman pointed out that he has sworn to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land, because it should make an excellent defense against potential charges against him for obstructing Oversight investigations.
Whoever, with intent to avoid, evade, prevent, or obstruct compliance, in whole or in part, with any civil investigative demand duly and properly made under the Antitrust Civil Process Act,willfully withholds, misrepresents, removes from any place, conceals, covers up, destroys, mutilates, alters, or by other means falsifies any documentary material, answers to written interrogatories, or oral testimony, which is the subject of such demand; or attempts to do so or solicits another to do so; or
Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress—…Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.
Representative Elijah Cummings (D–MD) is using his position as the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to threaten True the Vote, a nonpartisan tea party organization that reports voter roll inaccuracies and potential criminal violations of federal election laws around the country.
Cummings claims in his letter that True the Vote’s efforts to assure the accuracy and reliability of voter registration lists amount to “voter suppression.”
On October 4, Cummings sent True the Vote a letter (which his office released as a press release) accusing the group of engaging in a “criminal conspiracy” supposedly intended to “deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights.” But True the Vote’s efforts to identify the registrations of illegal aliens, dead voters, and individuals registered in more than one state have no such intent and can’t have any such effect.
In truth, True the Vote stands accused of doing the work that election officials ought to be doing themselves but all too often don’t.
Just a week ago, True the Vote released its latest report, which found 6,390 individuals registered in both Florida and Ohio, 534 of whom appear to have voted twice in the same federal election. They also discovered 19,000 individuals registered in both New York and Florida.
Even as the IRS faces growing heat over Lois G. Lerner and the tea party targeting scandal, a government watchdog said Wednesday it’s pursuing cases against three other tax agency employees and offices suspected of illegal political activity in support of President Obama and fellow Democrats.
In one case the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates federal employees who conductpolitics on government time, said it was “commonplace” in a Dallas IRS office for employees to have pro-Obama screensavers on their computers, and to have campaign-style buttons and stickers at their office.
There really seems to be a there there. We’ll know sooner or later if Rep. Cummings stops obstructing congress from finding it.