During an appearance on CNN’s ‘State of the Union‘ on Sunday, Candy Crowley asked Issa about whether his committee, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, would releasing full transcripts of interviews with IRS agents in Cincinnati.
In his answer, Issa confirmed to Crowley that the full transcripts would be made public once they were reviewed, and also took a jab at Carney’s recent efforts to distort public perceptions of the scandal.
“We understand these are in real time, and the administration is still — their paid liar, their spokesperson, the picture behind — he’s still making things up about what happens and calling this local rogue,” said Issa, gesturing at an image of Carney.
Issa also argued that Lois Lerner, director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, hadn’t taken her Fifth Amendment right because she was innocent of wrongdoing, as she claimed during her opening remarks in front of Issa’s committee.
“The reason that Lois Lerner tried to take the fifth is not because there’s a rogue in Cincinnati,” he added. “It’s because this is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters and we’re getting to proving it.”
He later said that Carney was simply “saying whatever is convenient at the time, and then the story changes,” but he stressed that they would eventually learn the truth.
The White House spokesman has been back on his heels for weeks now, as he attempts to fight off allegations of the Obama administration’s involvement in current scandals rocking the federal government. Carney has consistently blamed Republicans for ‘politicizing’ issues and refuses to admit that the IRS targeting, the probe of AP reporters and the Benghazi talking points are ‘scandals.’