Posted 11 months ago on May 21, 2013, 5:15 p.m. EST by bensdad
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Treasury Department's Inspector General Informed Issa Of IRS Investigation In 2012
At a hearing Tuesday, Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George told the Senate Finance Committee that the Treasury Department informed Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-CA) office of its investigation into the IRS in 2012, and has had numerous communications with this staff since then.
"Inspector General, did Chairman Issa send a letter on August 3rd of 2012 to all the inspector generals reminding them that under the Inspector Generals Act it requires IGs to report particularly flagrant problems to Congress through the agency head within seven days via what has become known as the seven day letter - did you receive that letter?
And, if so, did you respond to inform Chairman Issa of your investigation into the IRS?"
"Senator, we did receive the letter, and Chairman Issa's committee was the first to actually contact us regarding this matter. And so through the course of engaging the review, on occasion we have had communications with his staff."
Sen Menendez: "In 2012?!"
IG George: "And since then, yes."
Twice Issa was arrested. In the first incident he was indicted by a grand jury for a theft of a Maserati, but prosecutors dropped the charge. In the second incident, he was stopped for driving the wrong way on a one-way street, and a police officer noticed a firearm in his glove compartment. Issa was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. He pled guilty to a charge of possession of an unregistered firearm, and was sentenced to six months' probation and a fine.