Thursday, March 5, 2015

The British welfare system and Jihadi John

Jihadi John family's 20 years on benefits: How it's cost taxpayers up to £400k to house fanatic and his relatives in upmarket areas

  • Mohammed Emwazi's family granted asylum in 1996 after leaving Kuwait
  • They have since lived in five homes, one of which was worth £450 per week
  • Neither his father Jasem, 51, nor mother Ghaneya worked while in Britain
  • Westminster City Council is still paying rent on family’s £600,000 flat 
  • One landlord described the family as ‘parasites’ and ‘tenants from hell’
  • MPs blasted family for 'abusing hospitality' and say payouts are 'disgrace'

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Jihadi John and his asylum-seeking family have milked the British benefits system for 20 years, the Mail can reveal today.
Housing the Islamic State executioner and his relatives in affluent parts of London has cost taxpayers up to £400,000.
One landlord said Mohammed Emwazi’s family were ‘parasites’ and ‘tenants from hell’. Incredibly, they are still believed to be pocketing £40,000 a year in handouts despite there being no sign of them in Britain.
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Mohammed Emwazi
Mohammed Emwazi: Jihadi John (pictured left and right) and his asylum-seeking family have milked the British benefits system for 20 years, with Westminster City Council still paying rent on their £600,000 home
The family have claimed hundreds of thousands of pounds in benefits in Britain since arriving in the UK and lived in homes costing £450 a week. Pictured: The family home in Queen's Park for the past eight years
The family have claimed hundreds of thousands of pounds in benefits in Britain since arriving in the UK and lived in homes costing £450 a week. Pictured: The family home in Queen's Park for the past eight years
Emwazi’s father Jasem, who has six children, is back in his native Kuwait – the country he claimed he fled fearing for his life.
Westminster City Council is still paying the rent on the family’s £600,000 flat even though the rules say housing benefit should normally be stopped after 13 weeks.
MPs said they were horrified that the child of a family given refugee status, citizenship and benefits had returned the favour by orchestrating the murder of two of its citizens.‘They are abusing our hospitality,’ said Philip Hollobone. ‘The rules are quite clear. If there has been any abuse of the system here, money should be paid back.
'Mohammed Emwazi’s offences are worse than murder or terrorism. They are an assault on the British way of life.’
David Davies, a fellow Tory MP, said: ‘This is an absolute outrage and a disgrace. We should stop their housing benefit immediately. Mr Emwazi clearly doesn’t need asylum in this country.’
The family lived in this £1.4m apartment in Maida Vale, north London, from 2005 to 2007
The family lived in this £1.4m apartment in Maida Vale, north London, from 2005 to 2007
Before that, the family lived for two years at a a £600,000 apartment near Lord’s Cricket Ground (pictured)
Before that, the family lived for two years at a a £600,000 apartment near Lord’s Cricket Ground (pictured)
The Mail investigation can also reveal that:
  • The family fled Kuwait after the first Gulf War, claiming persecution because they were seen to favour the Iraqi invasion in 1990;
  • They claimed asylum in the UK and won refugee status in 1996;
  • Five years later they were made British citizens and then started travelling back to Kuwait;
  • The family have claimed hundreds of thousands of pounds in benefits in Britain since their arrival in the country and lived in homes costing £450 a week;
  • Emwazi’s father is now back working in Kuwait while the family continues to receive state assistance for the home in Queen’s Park.
The owner of a house in Little Venice where they lived for four years said Westminster City Council paid £450 a week in rent for the family – £23,400 a year. 
The family claimed asylum in the UK and won refugee status in 1996, after fleeing from Kuwait in 1994. Pictured: Their council flat from 1999 to 2003
The family claimed asylum in the UK and won refugee status in 1996, after fleeing from Kuwait in 1994. Pictured: Their council flat from 1999 to 2003
They fled Kuwait after the first Gulf War, claiming persecution because they were seen to favour the Iraqi invasion in 1990. Pictured: Their first three-bedroom flat from 1996 to 1999 in Little Venice
They fled Kuwait after the first Gulf War, claiming persecution because they were seen to favour the Iraqi invasion in 1990. Pictured: Their first three-bedroom flat from 1996 to 1999 in Little Venice
Two more of the five owners of homes they have lived in have confirmed their rent was paid by the council or through a housing association.
Assuming the same £23,400-a-year cost, then the bill over 20 years is £468,000.
Emwazi’s father Jasem, 51, and his wife Ghaneya brought their family – including Mohammed, then aged six – to Britain in 1994.
The couple successfully argued that because they are ‘Bedoon’ – stateless people denied citizenship by Kuwait – they should be granted asylum. The award of British citizenship allowed the whole family to make regular trips back to Kuwait.
During their time in Britain, neither Jasem nor Ghaneya officially worked, although the owner of one of their homes alleges Mr Emwazi was working on the side for cash in hand.
Records show the family were first placed in a three-bedroom apartment – now worth £900,000 – in Little Venice before moving to a £1million terraced home. The £1,950-a-month rent was covered by Westminster City Council, according to the property’s owner.
The house had to be turned from four bedrooms to five to accommodate the growing family, whose four-year stay cost taxpayers about £93,600 in rent alone.
Despite the huge outlay, Mr Emwazi tried to buy the home for £300,000 – even though it was worth double this at the time. The owner had no idea how he had the cash to make the offer, which was declined.
The Emwazis were then moved to a £600,000 apartment near Lord’s Cricket Ground, which was rented through Network Housing Group, and then on to a £1.4million apartment in Maida Vale.

DAMNED IN HIS OWN WORDS, JIHADI JOHN RANTS AT GRILLING BY SPOOKS 

Emwazi: Claimed he denounced the 9/11 and London atrocities when questioned by MI5
Emwazi: Claimed he denounced the 9/11 and London atrocities when questioned by MI5
Islamic pressure group Cage tried yesterday to justify its portrayal of Emwazi as a ‘reasonable man’ who was radicalised only as a result of being harassed by MI5. It issued a tape of him speaking in 2009 to Cage activist Asim Qureshi in which he claims he denounced terrorism when quizzed by an MI5 officer.
'While we were interviewing after... right at the end, he [the MI5 agent] said: “I would like to ask you some serious questions now”, and while I’m packing my pack... This is while I’m packing some of my stuff...
I said to him: “Yeah, go on, ask it.” He said: “No, no, I’d like to sit face to face and ask you these questions.” I said: “Wow, these must be some serious questions. Now let’s get down to it.”
I left the stuff, I come back, sat down, looked at him ... And then he looked at me … he said: “Mohammed, what do you think of 7/7? [the London bombings in 2005]” I said: “Innocent people have been… have died. What do you think? I think this is extremism.”
He said: “OK, what do you think of the war in Afghanistan?” I said: “What do I think? We see the news and innocent people are getting killed.”
He started telling me: “What do you think of 9/11?” I told him: “This is a wrong thing. What happened was wrong. What do you want me to say? If I had the opportunity for those lives to come back then I would make those lives come back. I don’t think... I think what happened is wrong.”
Then he is asking me: “What do you think of the Jews, just like...” I told him: “They’re a religion, everyone has got his right to his own beliefs. I can’t... I don’t force no one.”
So he just tries... he wants to know about my background... about my, about, about my creed... Islam.
I told him: “This is how Islam is”... I told him we don’t force anyone to come into religion you know, everyone has got their own right. And I don’t believe… I told him anything that has been happening is extremely... anything like bombs or whatever is all from extremists. And then, so after all of this he come back and he looked at me and said: “I still believe you are going to Somalia to train” [Emwazi had just been deported from Tanzania, where he claimed he was going on safari].
I said: “After what I just told you... After that I told you what’s happening is extremism this and that and you are still suggesting I am an extremist?”
He just started going on on, forcing... trying to put words into my mouth and saying: “No, you are doing this, this, this and we are going to keep a close eye on you, Mohammed, and we already have been... We are going to keep a close eye on you...” threatening, you know, and just went out.'
Eventually, they settled in a £600,000 flat in upmarket Queen’s Park. The family has lived there for the past eight years and the owner told the Mail it is still rented to them.
With a 12-year-old daughter, Hana, they are still believed to be claiming an estimated £7,821 a year in child benefits and child tax credits.
That is on top of annual claims of about £23,400 in housing benefit, £678 in council tax support and £5,929 in jobseeker’s allowance.
Their daughter Shayma, 23, is thought to be studying at Brunel University London, for which she is entitled to a grant of £3,387.
Sithy Hussain, 65, owns the £1million home in Little Venice and told the Mail that Mr Emwazi was an ‘aggressive sod’.
She added: ‘They were parasites. He was the tenant from hell. The rent went up to £450 a week and it was paid from housing benefits. They didn’t pay one penny.
‘They stayed for a few years and there were problems. They had to have another room because they had another child and they had the locks changed.’
Yesterday, a lawyer for Mr Emwazi insisted he returned to Kuwait from Britain last November and did not work in the Gulf state.
In sickening propaganda videos, his son led the beheadings of Britons Alan Henning and David Haines. 

HEAD WHO DEFENDED JOHN LOST JOB OVER EXPENSES 

The superhead who has spoken of Mohammed Emwazi as a ‘caring, aspirational’ boy was banned from teaching for life after wrongly spending £30,000 of public money.
Jo Shuter was in charge of Quintin Kynaston Academy in north-west London when Mohammed Emwazi was a pupil there.
Mrs Shuter was awarded a CBE in 2010 and named head of the year in 2007. But she was forced to resign in 2013 after spending £30,000 of state funds on lavish parties and hotel rooms – including a £7,000 bill for her 50th birthday party.
Jo Shuter (pictured with Tony Blair) who spoken of  Emwazi as a ‘caring, aspirational’ boy, was banned from teaching for life after wrongly spending £30,000 of public money
Jo Shuter (pictured with Tony Blair) who spoken of Emwazi as a ‘caring, aspirational’ boy, was banned from teaching for life after wrongly spending £30,000 of public money
She claimed expenses for fancy meals, taxi rides and overnight conferences at plush hotels. Last year, a professional conduct panel banned her from teaching for life.
This week, she claimed Emwazi was bullied during his time at the school and staff helped him to deal with his ‘adolescent issues’.
She said he was a ‘hardworking aspirational young man’ who wanted to go to university and took ‘caring responsibilities’ for his siblings.
She added: ‘When I’m listening to the news and I hear his name I feel the skin on the back of my neck stand up because it is just so far from what I knew of him.’
Most Quinton Kynaston pupils are from ethnic minority groups. A high proportion speak English as an additional language.
Mrs Shuter took over the school as a ‘superhead’ in 2002, when it was failing. She became a favourite of then Prime Minister Tony Blair, who visited several times, reportedly coming face to face with Emwazi.
She will be eligible to appeal against the ban from May 13, 2016.


Harry Reid master of corruption at your expense. This level of crony capitalism is worthy of despotic country

Harry Reid Secured Subsidies for Aides’ Donors

Nevada Dem brags about support for green energy companies as ethics watchdogs suggests influence-peddling
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Corporate donors to a green energy nonprofit operated by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D., Nev.) former staffers and a current campaign operative have received billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees and grant money as a result of Reid’s advocacy.
Fulcrum Bioenergy began contributing to the Clean Energy Project (CEP) in 2013. One year later, the Nevada Democrat steered tens of millions of dollars in federal grant money to the California biofuel company.
Fulcrum is one of at least nine corporate donors to the Clean Energy Project (CEP) that have secured federal financing for themselves or a client due in part to Reid’s behind-the-scenes advocacy—activity that watchdogs warn could be construed as unethical.
Rebecca Lambe, Reid’s top political strategist who has been directed by Reid to take the lead in hiring for his 2016 reelection campaign, founded CEP in 2008 and served as its executive director. Reid’s former chief of staff Susan McCue served as CEP’s president at that time. Lambe is now an adviser to CEP, according to her official bio. McCue is a member of its board.
McCue and Lambe also run Senate Majority PAC, a powerhouse Super Pac with close ties to Reid that spent $67 million to elect Senate Democrats last year.
Far from denying a role in steering subsidies to donors to aides’ group, Reid’s office brags about it.
“Senator Reid’s leadership on creating clean energy jobs in Nevada is something we like to talk about at every opportunity and we are glad you have chosen to cover this topic,” Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said in an emailed statement.
Jentleson pointed to his office’s 2013 staff report on the benefits that green energy companies such as Ormat Geothermal, which Reid helped secure a $350 million loan guarantee, were bringing to Nevada.
A news release on the staff report quoted Lydia Ball, until February CEP’s executive director, about the benefits of an “aggressive clean energy path for Nevada.” It didn’t mention that Ball is a former Reid aide, that Ormat has donated to her organization, or that the company’s president has donated to Reid.
While on Reid’s staff, Ball was in charge of advising Nevada companies on how to obtain financing through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus.
She also helped organize the National Clean Energy Summit, an annual conference cosponsored by Reid and CEP where environmentalists, politicians, and green energy executives discuss the need for more government “investment” in green companies.
Fulcrum contributed to CEP in 2013 and 2014. It attended the 2014 summit, where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a $105 million grant for the company. The Defense Department awarded it another $70 million two weeks later.
The Center for American Progress has sponsored the summit since it was created in 2008. John Podesta, CAP’s founder and former chairman was a CEP board member until at least September 2013. He is expected to work for the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, who was the 2014 summit’s keynote speaker.
The Podesta Group, the lobbying firm founded by Podesta and his brother Tony, began representingFulcrum in April 2014, five months before that year’s CEP summit—and the $175 million in federal grants that followed.
The firm reported lobbying the Executive Office of the President during the third quarter of 2014, when Fulcrum received the grants. That remains the only reporting period in which it has done so.
Reid took credit for delivering the Pentagon’s money. “Senator Reid wrote Secretary [Chuck] Hagel in support of Fulcrum’s grant application earlier this year,” his office said.
Most of CEP’s corporate supporters are companies that have benefitted or stand to benefit from policies that subsidize green energy technologies—policies that Reid routinely pushes for in the Senate.
Their donations to the CEP suggest “a vehicle to promote pay-to-play politics,” says Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, an ethics watchdog group.
“It is run by Reid insiders, funded by those who want Reid’s political favors, and there’s a track record of Reid dispensing favors to those who fund it,” Boehm said in an email. “As the late Senator [Sam] Ervin said, sometimes things are what they look like.”
Asked whether donations to CEP bought or rewarded Reid’s legislative support, Jentleson noted the 5,500 Nevada jobs—temporary, permanent, and “indirect”—created by Reid-supported CEP donors.
“With specific regard to the projects you mention, Senator Reid is extremely proud of his involvement in each one of them,” Jentleson said.
McCue denied that political considerations played any part in donations to CEP or Reid’s efforts to steer subsidies to those donors.
The group “does not do any federal lobbying on behalf of its supporters,” she said in an emailed statement.
“Sen. Reid has long worked to make Nevada the clean energy capital for the country, successfully bringing new companies and thousands of good new jobs to the state,” McCue said. “He would, and will, do that whether they supported CEP or not.”
Good government advocates say donations to independent groups with ties to prominent politicians can raise red flags.
“Gifts from moneyed interests to politicians’ pet charities always merit added scrutiny and concern,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics.
“There are innumerable ways that money can be used to help shape policy and one of those is supporting a nonprofit connected to the politician or political operative,” Krumholz said in an interview for a separate story.
CEP did not respond to a request for comment by press time.
The group’s website listed Ormat Geothermal as a donor in 2012, a year after Reid helped it obtain a $350 million loan guarantee. He also helped secure nearly $100 million in federal financing for Nevada Geothermal, which counted Ormat as a contractor.
Reid pressured the Department of the Interior (DOI) to expedite permit approvals for Nevada green energy projects, according to the New York TimesSeven companies eventually received fast-track treatment from DOI, including Ormat, Nevada Geothermal, and CEP donors Abengoa, First Solar, and SolarReserve.
Also at bat for Ormat was Cassidy and Associates, a lobbying firm and CEP donor that boasts Lambe as a senior adviser. Cassidy lobbyist Kai Anderson, Reid’s former deputy chief of staff, continues to represent the company.
During fiscal year 2009, Ormat had three loan-guarantee applications rejected for being “non-competitive.” Cassidy inked its contract with Ormat in April 2009. Five months later, Reid sent a letter to President Obama expressing concern about the slow pace of DOE loan guarantee approvals, though he did not ask for specific projects to be approved.
Ormat received its $350 million loan guarantee in 2011. Reid thanked Obama and then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a statement for “for their commitment to putting Nevadans back to work and boosting Nevada’s clean energy economy.”
Another former Reid aide was working behind the scenes to secure that financing. Paul Thomsen, then Ormat’s in-house lobbyist, handled “emerging energy resources, and public land issues” on the senator’s staff. He also starred in a 2010 campaign ad for the senator.
Thomsen is a former lobbyist for Lionel Sawyer & Collins. All four of Reid’s sons have also worked for the firm, as has CEP board member and former Reid staffer Brent Heberlee, who says he “maintains a strong working relationship with the Senate Minority Leader.”
Ormat’s ties to Reid caught the attention of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which began investigating the Obama administration’s support for green energy projects in 2011.
“The strong ties between the company and the Senate Majority leader raise questions about whether the DOE acted in the best interests of the American people when it approved [Ormat’s] loan guarantee,” the committee wrote in a 2012 report.
Internal DOE emails reveal that Reid pressured the department to speed approval of stimulus-funded loan guarantees. One email from Jonathan Silver, who directed DOE’s loan programs office, suggested that Reid was determined to secure pork for Nevada businesses through DOE’s stimulus-funded loan guarantees.
CEP donor SolarReserve was among the companies that took advantage of Reid’s aid in securing financing. He pushed DOE in 2010 to speed approval of a $737 million loan guarantee for the company’s Nevada manufacturing facility.
CEP donor NV Energy, the state’s largest utility, got a $138 million stimulus grant after, Reid said, “I advocated for this funding.” He also touted his work in extending solar power tax credits in announcing that SolarCity, another CEP donor, would build a new manufacturing facility in Nevada.
Some of CEP’s donors are members of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the industry’s trade association. SEIA itself is a CEP donor, and represents a host of other companies that have benefitted from federal green energy policies, including several that Reid has backed.
CEP board member Rose McKinney-James represents Amonix, a solar company that received federal backing after Reid went to bat on its behalf. “I made sure the Recovery Act included almost $6 million in tax credits to help Amonix open this facility,” Reid said in 2010 of the company’s Las Vegas production plant.
Reid has also aided McKinney James client Bombard Renewable Energy. Her clients also include the Valley Electric Association, a CEP donor. She sits on the board of MGM Resorts International, according to the company’s website. That company sponsored last year’s summit.
Anti-cronyism watchdogs were skeptical of the benefits of Reid’s dealings.
“Of course these businesses viewed their donations as investments,” said William Yeatman, a senior fellow and energy policy expert at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
“The entire green energy industry—every bit of it—is dependent on political favoritism,” Yeatman said in an email. “And with whom better to curry favor than the Senate Majority Leader—especially during the stimulus era, a period during which oversight was shortchanged for speed of disbursement.”

Elijah Cummings (D) worked with IRS in tax exempt scandal

NEW EMAILS Could Send Democrat Elijah Cummings to Prison for Targeting Voter Rights Group

Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, March 5, 2015,


Democrat Leader Elijah Cummings Could Face Up to Five Years in Prison for Illegal Attacks on True the Vote–
Last April House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a report implicating Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in colluding with the IRSand Lois Lerner against the nonpartisan voters rights group “True the Vote.”
Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of “True the Vote,” testified before Congress in February.
She was targeted by FBI, IRS, ATF, and OSHA after she filed for tax exempt status for her voters rights group.
Engelbrecht said this during her testimony before Congress and Cummings,
“Frankly, to sit before my accuser and be silent in the face of what he did was unconscionable.”
This week the House Oversight Committee released more emails that prove the IRS was feeding Rep. Cummings with confidential tax information on the voter fraud prevention group True the Vote.
Townhall reported: 
New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote. True the Vote was targeted by the IRS after applying for tax exempt status more than two years ago. Further, information shows the IRS and Cummings’ staff asked for nearly identical information from True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht about her organization, indicating coordination and improper sharing of confidential taxpayer information.
Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, along with five Subcommittee Chairmen are demanding Cummings provide an explanation for the staff inquiries to the IRS about True the Vote and for his denial that his staff ever contacted the IRS about the group.
“Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional agency scrutiny, communication records between your staff and IRS officials – which you did not disclose to Majority Members or staff – indicates otherwise,” the letter to Cummings states. “As the Committee is scheduled to consider a resolution holding Ms. Lerner, a participant in responding to your communications that you failed to disclose, in contempt of Congress, you have an obligation to fully explain your staff’s undisclosed contacts with the IRS.”
Previously—
A report published last April 2014 confirmed that Lois Lerner funneled information on Conservative group True the Vote to Democrat Cummings.
New IRS E-mails: Lois Lerner Funneled Elijah Cummings Info on Targeted Conservative GroupRanking Democrat previously denied his staff contacted the IRS about group True the Vote
WASHINGTON – Newly delivered internal IRS e-mails sent and received by former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner and other IRS employees show that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Minority staff, working for Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, began contacting the IRS in August 2012 about targeted non-profit applicant True the Vote.  The IRS produced this e-mail on April 2, 2014 – only days after Oversight Committee Members had taken new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to task for withholding relevant e-mails.  The Chairman and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the Oversight Committee today sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing:
“Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional agency scrutiny, communication records between your staff and IRS officials – which you did not disclose to Majority Members or staff – indicates otherwise,” wrote the Chairman and five Subcommittee Chairmen of the Oversight Committee.  “As the Committee is scheduled to consider a resolution holding Ms. Lerner, a participant in responding to your communications that you failed to disclose, in contempt of Congress, you have an obligation to fully explain your staff’s undisclosed contacts with the IRS.”
The letter notes:
    • The IRS and the Oversight Minority made numerous requests for virtually identical information from True the Vote, raising concerns that the IRS improperly shared protected taxpayer information with Rep. Cummings’ staff.
    • Five days after Cummings contacted True the Vote seeking “copies of all training materials used for volunteers, affiliates, or other entities,” the IRS sent True the Vote a letter requesting True the Vote provide “a copy of [True the Vote’s] volunteer registration form,” “…the process you use to assign volunteers,” “how you keep your volunteers in teams,” and “how your volunteers are deployed … following the training they receive by you.”
    • On or before January 25, 2013, Cummings’ staff requested more information from the IRS about True the Vote.  The head of the IRS Legislative Affairs office e-mailed several IRS officials, including former Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner, that “House Oversight Committee Minority staff” sought information about True the Vote.  On Monday, January 28, Lerner wrote to her deputy Holly Paz: “Did we find anything?”  When Paz informed her minutes later that she had not heard back about True the Vote’s information, Lerner replied: “thanks – check tomorrow please.”
    • On January 31, 2013, Paz attached True the Vote’s form 990s, which she authorized the IRS to share with the Minority staff.  Neither Cummings nor the IRS shared these requested documents with the Oversight Majority.  None of the Minority’s communications about True the Vote with the IRS were shared with the Committee Majority even though Ranking Member Cummings frequently complains about the Committee Majority contacting individuals on official matters without the involvement of Minority staff.
    • Cummings denied that his staff, “might have been involved in putting True the Vote on the radar screen of some of these Federal agencies” at a February 6, 2014, Subcommittee hearing:
Here is the exchange:
Ms. Mitchell:  We want to get to the bottom of how these coincidences happened, and we’re going to try to figure out whether any – if there was any staff of this committee that might have been involved in putting True the Vote on the radar screen of some of these Federal agencies.  We don’t know that, but we – we’re going to do everything we can do to try to get to the bottom of how did this all happen.
Mr. Cummings.  Will the gentleman yield?
Mr. Meadows.  Yes.
Mr. Cummings.  I want to thank the gentleman for his courtesy.  What she just said is absolutely incorrect and not true.
Click here for a copy of the letter from the Chairman and five Subcommittee Chairman to Ranking Member Cummings.
Click here for documents about Cummings’ interactions with the IRS about a targeted conservative organization.
Top Democrat Elijah Cummings faces up to five years in prison for his criminal actions.