Staff of Rep. Jackson Lee weaponizing the IRS
Remember when members of Congress, specifically the House of Representatives were supposed to…REPRESENT WE, THE PEOPLE? Remember when members of Congress were supposed to be PUBLIC SERVANTS? Well, conservative blogger, and Texas resident, Dwayne Horner found out the hard way that those days are apparently long gone. Dwayne is a writer who has been featured on both the Townhall.com blog and their national publication, Townhall Magazine. He has worked in talk radio as a guest host of a show in Dallas and most recently played a key role on Governor Rick Perry’s successful 2010 re-election campaign.
He made the sad mistake of calling the Washington D.C. Congressional office of U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, (D, TX, 18th District) to ask her (or her staff) a question about the claim she made from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives chamber on Wednesday, 07/30/14, when she said, “We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had the authority.”
Well, there is this funny thing called “THE INTERNET” that allows us regular concerned citizens to almost instantaneously pull up information. And even without the Internet, there is such a thing called the “CONGRESSIONAL RECORD” that documents virtually everything that has even been said in an official capacity by every single member of Congress.
Whether Ms Jackson Lee lied, or simply misspoke is an issue for another time, but the fact is, she said something that totally contradicts the truth. Lucky for her, when members of Congress make speeches on the floor of the House of Representatives they are not under oath or under the threat of perjury.
The truth is, back in 2008, Rep. Lee co-sponsored House Resolution 1258 entitled “Impeaching George W. Bush, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Check out this link to the video: http://www.mediaite.com/online/dem-who-co-sponsored-bush-impeachment-bill-claims-dems-didn%E2%80%99t-want-to-impeach-him/#ooid=xkYzdjbzp0ZIMYGIWw2ozcupLCoYb-Ss
Well, on the morning of Friday, 08/01/2014, Dwayne Horner was smacked in the face with the reality that neither Rep. Jackson Lee, nor her staff, view themselves as mere “Public Servants”, who are there for the sole purpose of REPRESENTING WE, THE PEOPLE.
He wrote about his experience when he called the office.
Today I called her Washington office to see if perhaps I was confused, and the representative from Houston was telling the truth. When reaching her D.C. congressional office, I asked the nice lady who answered the phone if she knew of the contradiction and could help my confusion. After clearly saying she was not speaking for the congresswoman, when asked about the fact there was a contradiction, she said “We are aware that the congresswoman has made contradicting statements in her remarks on the floor.”
When I pressed, and asked “Not as a representative but just as someone I am talking to, isn’t the fact that she said one thing in 2008 that is totally opposite of what she said yesterday – isn’t that really a lie?” The answer, honest but shocking, was “Yes I think that is a lie.” (Note the quotes are from memory, I didn’t anticipate that I would need to get them on record but I sure wish I had.)
That was startling. I asked to speak to someone in the office to register my thoughts on a congresswoman lying on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. From there, it got crazy but not as crazy, and then a little crazier.
I was transferred to a gentleman on Lee’s staff. When I again asked him about the contradiction and stated that perhaps I was confused, the man said “Oh look it here, we have one of those right wing, tea-bagger nut jobs on the phone taking his cues from FOX News.”
He then accused me of being un-American, raising his voice at me while asking me to calm down, and telling me that I am just on some mission to destroy our country. When I calmly asked for his name, he said “I don’t have to give it to you because I don’t want to show up on some right wing blog and be on your Twitter account.” Keep in mind, I never said who I was – he just made assumptions and attacked me. When I reminded him that he gets paid by our tax dollars, he said “I doubt you even pay taxes and the IRS will find you soon enough,” and hung up on me.
Was that a threat from Rep. Lee’s staff to use the IRS as a weapon against citizens for just asking questions?
Astounded at what happened, I called back and asked to speak to the Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Lee because I had been treated rudely and threatened. After being transferred, another nice gentleman said “This is the Chief Counsel, you have 15 seconds.”
I said “Really?”
“Fourteen seconds now.”
When I asked him for his name, he said “Chief Counsel.” Of course that’s not his name, and I said “No, I mean your name, not your title.”
Every time I asked, he counted down another second.
I told him that this was not confidential information and that I could do a Freedom of Information request. Click, and the call was over. He hung up on me.
Now how scary is that? What is even scarier to me, is that the supposedly “unbiased” organization, POLITIFACT, didn’t call her out on it.
Jackson Lee said, “We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush.” She has a point that neither the House nor a majority of the Democratic caucus sought Bush’s impeachment. However, a dozen Democratic lawmakers did — including Jackson Lee herself. It seems hypocritical of the congresswoman to seize the moral high ground — essentially saying that her party gallantly went against self-interest by declining to seek Bush’s impeachment — when in fact she personally had sought precisely that outcome. On balance, we rate the claim Mostly False.
“Mostly False”?!?! How about just calling it wha it was…TOTALLY FALSE!!!