Tensions continue to rise following Rep. Darrell Issa‘s (R-CA) fierce criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of, and potential involvement in, the IRS scandal. He was particularly harsh toward White House press secretary and “paid liar” Jay Carney. Former top White House adviser David Plouffe fired back via Twitter — calling out “Mr. Grand Theft Auto.”
Plouffe questioned Issa’s “loose” ethics:
The sharp criticism from Plouffe included allusions to Issa’s past, when, in the 1970s, he was accused of stealing a car with his brother and of committing arson — but was not convicted. According to a 2011 New Yorker profile, ” Issa, it turned out, had, among other things, been indicted for stealing a car, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and accused by former associates of burning down a building.”
Issa’s spokesman Frederick Hill responded to Plouffe via CNN:
“Looks like the Chairman hit a nerve today. Hopefully President Obama follows Plouffe on Twitter and may finally see some information from a senior advisor about what’s going on at the IRS.”
Issa, as the chairman of the House Oversight Committee with the power to investigate administration, has been aggressively pursuing the IRS scandal in particular.
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