Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, made a harsh statement about White House press secretary Jay Carney Sunday.
Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Issa, before pointing to a picture of Carney, referred to him as the White House’s “paid liar” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
CONGRESSMAN DARRELL ISSA, R-CALIFORNIA: These transcripts will all be made public.
CANDY CROWLEY, CNN: Why don’t you put the whole thing out? Because you know our problem really here is, and you know that your critics say that Republicans and you in particular sort of cherry-pick information that go to your foregone conclusion. And so it worries us to put this kind of stuff out. Can you not put the whole transcript out?
ISSA: The whole transcript will be put out. We understand, these are in real time. And the administration is still, their paid liar, their spokesperson, picture behind, he’s still making up things about what happens and calling this local rogue.
The camera pulled back at that point to expose the picture of Carney on the screen behind Crowley.
ISSA: The reason Lois Lerner tried to take the fifth is not because there’s a rogue in Cincinnati. It’s because this is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters and we're getting to proving it. We have eighteen more transcribed interviews to do.
CROWLEY: But as yet you don't have that direct link. You have the frontline agents going, “Yeah, I mean, we figured it was from Washington or I believe it was,” but as of yet you don't have that definitive, “Yeah, this guy called me and said, ‘People, go look for Tea Party and patriot applications?’”
ISSA: The President’s spokesperson is saying whatever is convenient at the time and the story changes.