The House Committee on
Oversight and Government Reform is not releasing the full transcripts of IRS
While the Wall Street Journal
was allowed to see redacted transcripts, some lawmakers are calling them
"cherry picked" and "partisan" and warn they do not tell the whole story.
In the transcripts, the Wall Street Journal reports the interviews
reference a D.C. lawyer Carter Hull who allegedly "closely oversaw" work being
done in Cincinnati and even "suggested some of the questions asked [of]
While the transcripts make
a D.C. connection, the Oversight Committee's democratic ranking member Elijah
Cummings released this statement:
Issa appears to be engaged in a desperate effort to tie IRS actions to the
White House by leaking cherry-picked transcript excerpts, and his own party
leaders are now distancing themselves from his extreme, reckless, and partisan
Cumming's office is not
releasing any portion of the transcripts telling FOX19 they are "… still in the
process of doing transcribed interviews and gathering information to get a
fuller picture of exactly what happened."
Based on a letter obtained
by FOX19 dated May 15th, five IRS workers have been subpoenaed to
Lawmakers will not say who
has been interviewed since then and who is left to be questioned, but based on
the transcripts obtained by the Wall Street Journal Elizabeth Hofacre and Gary
Muthert have been interviewed and a committee hearing Thursday crossed off
"Right now the committee
staff is interviewing an employee of the IRS Mr. John Shafer," Representative
Jim Jordan said.
Jordan went on to question
why the IRS allegedly denied Shafer from providing documents during that
"Here's an employee of yours
being interviewed by the committee who wants to present documents to get to the
truth and hold people accountable exactly the way we described in your
statement and we want to know why you won't give us the documents," Jordan said
addressing Acting IRSCommissionerDaniel Werfel.
"It's not a question of wont
give you the documents it's a question of not having enough time," Werfel
The transcripts that were
released to the Wall Street Journal contained redactions, names that were
marked out including at least one local manger in Cincinnati.
FOX19 reached out multiple
times by phone and email Thursday to Chairman Issa's committee office, but got
no response to the latest request for transcripts.