Awful! Obama adviser David Plouffe accused Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) of being an arsonist car thief on Twitter yesterday. Issa is House Oversight Committee Chairman and is investigating the Obama IRS for illegally targeting conservatives.
Strong words from Mr Grand Theft Auto and suspected arsonist/insurance swindler. And loose ethically today.thehill.com/video/house/30…
— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) June 2, 2013
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This followed Plouffe’s embarrassing lie yesterday that the IRS scandal targeting 500 conservative groups and unknown numbers of conservative donors “was not a political pursuit.”
None of it was true.
Catholic Online reported:
David Plouffe, one of President Obama’s top advisers issued a tweet on Sunday that most will find particularly harsh and offensive. Referring to Darrell Issa, the chairman of the committee investigating the administration’s alleged role in IRS abuses, he tweeted, “Strong words from Mr Grand Theft Auto and suspected arsonist/insurance swindler. And loose ethically today.”
Plouffe was making an underhanded reference to Issa’s past.
ISA fired back at Plouffe, calling him a “liar.”
In 1972, when Issa was 19, he was arrested under suspicion of grand theft auto. However, his brother turned out to be the culprit in crime. Issa was arrested on a case of mistaken identity. Issa was released without charges because he did nothing wrong.
10 years later, in 1982, Issa purchased Quantum Enterprises and Steel Stopper International. Upon purchase, he increased the insurance on the building from $100,000 to $462,000. A month later, the structure burned down. Arson investigators noted a “suspicious burn pattern” but could find no proof that arson had actually occurred. Nor was there any evidence that Issa was somehow involved. No charges were filed in the case, no one was ever arrested.
Issa later settled out of court with the insurance company.
Issa has never been found guilty of wrongdoing at any point during his career. Despite this, Plouffe issued his abnormally harsh tweet, and was rightfully called out by Issa as a liar.