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Cummings: This Week ‘Will Tarnish Our History Books for Generations’

During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) stated that the past week has been “shocking and disgraceful” and “will tarnish our history books for generations.” Transcript as Follows: “Good morning, I am Congressman Elijah Cummings from the 7th

ICE Agent Victor Avila prays over casket of his partner, Agent Jaime Zapata. (AP Photo/Delcia Lopez)

Rep. Chaffetz Subpoenas ATF Agents Involved in Obama’s Fast and Furious Op

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz subpoenaed two agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to appear before his committee in connection with the Obama Administration’s gun-running program, Fast and Furious. Firearms from the former president’s scheme were allegedly involved in the 2011 murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico.

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Rep. Darrell Issa: I Would Subpoena Hillary Clinton for Lying Under Oath to Congress

While discussing his new book, Watchdog: The Real Stories Behind the Headlines from the Congressman Who exposed Washington’s Biggest Scandals, with SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon of Breitbart News Daily, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) talked about the outcome of the congressional investigation into Benghazi, and how he might have handled things differently.

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Republicans Shredded James Comey’s Case for Hillary Clinton

Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform turned in a strong performance on Thursday as they dismantled FBI director James Comey’s arguments against prosecuting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Watch Live: James Comey Testifies on Capitol Hill

Thursday at 10 a.m. ET, FBI Director James Comey will testify before House Oversight Committee about his agency’s probe into presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. Earlier this week, Comey

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13 Questions Congress Must Ask FBI Director James Comey

On Thursday, FBI director James Comey will testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about his agency’s decision not to recommend that Hillary Clinton be prosecuted for mis-handling confidential information.

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Chris Stevens’ Sister: ‘Do Not Blame Hillary Clinton’ for Benghazi

The sister of the late U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not to blame for the death of her brother during the 2012 Benghazi Libya attacks which also cost three more American lives. Instead, Dr. Anne Stevens blamed the Republican-dominated Congress for “underbudgeting” the State Department.

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House Oversight Probe May Include Hillary Clinton Emails

Sources tell Politico that House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) plans to proceed with an investigation into federal record-keeping practices, with the blessing of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)… provided the probe proceeds with “caution” when it hits Hillary Clinton’s email server.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) (L) greets Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. during her testimony in a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, September 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on the use of taxpayer funding by Planned …

Jason Chaffetz ‘No Wrongdoing’ Comment on Planned Parenthood Raises Concerns

Pro-life leaders are concerned that lawmakers aren’t serious about eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood. The worries come as a “panel” has been created to study Planned Parenthood’s activities, this one headed by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, also considered to be a potential candidate for House Speaker. According to The Hill, Blackburn said, “Our investigation has raised many more questions than we’ve been able to find answers. We need to have a national conversation about these practices. This is a discussion we cannot shy away from.”

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. testifies during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, September 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on the use of taxpayer funding by Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. (Photo by )

Cecile Richards: ‘Abortion is Healthcare’

Stating on numerous occasions that she was trying to be as cooperative as possible with the committee, Cecil Richards nevertheless evaded some questions about Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, often responding she “did not know” the answer to questions a CEO might be expected to know. At one point, as Live Action president Lila Rose tweeted, she was asked if babies who survive abortions should be given medical care, Richards replied, “I have never heard of such a circumstance happening.”

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Lois Lerner Hard Drive Damaged by ‘Impact’; Inept Workers Blamed for Deleting Data

“Investigators are blaming two IRS workers at a computer center in West Virginia for erasing thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal, impeding congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative political groups,” reports the Associated Press. “The workers might be incompetent, a lead investigator said Thursday, but there is no evidence they were part of a criminal conspiracy to destroy evidence.”

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Rep. Issa Visits Blumenthal Deposition on Benghazi, Escorted Out by Rep. Gowdy

During Tuesday’s deposition of Hillary Clinton’s adviser Sid Blumenthal at the House Select Committee on Benghazi, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa (R-CA) entered the closed-door hearing uninvited, only to be swiftly escorted from the room by Benghazi committee chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

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House Oversight Chairman Considers Subpoenas Over Administration Response to OPM Hack

Like the federal employees who have complained of being left to twist in the wind for months until the breach was acknowledged – and then forced to sit through days of stonewalling while officials revised their stories about how severe the penetration was, and how many people were affected – Chaffetz does not seem impressed with the transparency or vigor of the Administration’s response.

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New House Oversight Chair Oversees Redecoration of Hearing Room

Rep. Jason Chaffetz recently took the gavel as head of the House Oversight Committee. One of the first things he did, news reports say, is remove portraits of previous chairmen from the walls of the committee hearing room. That includes the portrait of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who chaired the committee through December.