CBS, AP: Dem chair of House Oversight covered up ties to Countrywide for himself, colleagues, and staff

posted at 10:01 am on August 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

When Darrell Issa took over the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after the Republican landslide in the 2010 midterms, most people assumed that his rhetoric about restoring the proper role of oversight was nothing but a philosophic cover for attacking Barack Obama and his administration.  A new report this week shows that Issa’s job was a lot broader and a lot tougher than people imagined.  His predecessor, the now-retiring Edolphus Towns (D-NY), covered up his own ties to Countrywide Mortgage and those of his colleagues and their aides in Congress while supposedly investigating how the defunct lender escaped scrutiny for so many years of negligent and fraudulent operation:

A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show.

The procedure to keep the names secret was devised by Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. In 2003, the 15-term congressman had two loans processed by Countrywide’s VIP section, which was established to give discounts to favored borrowers.

Issa exposed Towns’ coverup by issuing a second subpoena, which disgorged all of the records:

The effort at secrecy was reversed when Towns’ Republican successor as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, California Rep. Darrell Issa, issued a second subpoena. It yielded Countrywide records identifying four current House members, a former member and five staff aides whose loans went through the VIP unit. Towns was on the list. …

Most of the names had dribbled out to the media by the time Issa issued the committee’s final report last month on Countrywide’s use of loan discounts to buy influence with government officials. But there was no official confirmation until Issa made his report public.

Towns’ effort to keep the loans secret was at odds with statements by Republicans and Democrats alike that full disclosure of lawmakers’ financial dealings was the best means for keeping the public aware of congressional perks, unethical conduct and fundraising.

How did Countrywide end up as one of the worst villains in the housing-bubble collapse, which cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars and nearly crushed the financial sector?  Simple: they bought political connections by offering sweetheart deals to people like Chris Dodd, who headed the Senate Banking Committee, and Towns, whose committee was supposed to keep corruption out of federal regulation of the market.  When the entire mess collapsed, people like Dodd and Towns were in position to manipulate the investigations in order to avoid detection.  Dodd was less successful at that effort than Towns, who got away with it as long as Democrats remained in charge of Congress — and the White House, which has been mighty incurious on the whole issue since running on populist outrage over the housing-bubble collapse.

Towns announced his retirement in April.  He should be expelled, and his pension benefits stripped for this coverup.


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Racist thread.

rickyricardo on August 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

CBS is reporting this??

esr1951 on August 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Towns announced his retirement in April. He should be expelled, and his pension benefits stripped for this coverup.

Expelled?! He should receive free food, three times a day, courtesy of taxpayers. That, and a bunk bed.

Archivarix on August 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

It seems that Angelo had a lot of friends.

Drained Brain on August 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Culture of Corruption.

I’m sure the Democrats here will blame this on Bush too.

Del Dolemonte on August 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

oh don’t worry…they will have to report on Obama’s lack of oversight on financial fraud too….

Mitt and Ryan are gonna tear down the house and PROMISE convictions….the GOP are coming as Teddy Roosevelt Reformers….

we are gonna grab populists who are tired of being called racists….

BOOM!

Smile Corzine andlose a few pounds buddy you are about to be a star….

BOOM!

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Poor dude, forced into comfortable retirement with all his bills being paid for by U.S. citizens; I really feel for the guy.

Bishop on August 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Expelled?! He should receive free food, three times a day, courtesy of taxpayers. That, and a bunk bed.

Archivarix on August 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Yup…sadly the game ain’t played that way…tea partiers and reformers….

after we win the power to convict members hold YOURS accountable and if not RELEASE THE PRIMARY!

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

It seems that Angelo had a lot of friends.

Drained Brain on August 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Actually, I thought the list would be longer, much longer.

“It yielded Countrywide records identifying four current House members, a former member and five staff aides whose loans went through the VIP unit.”

Seems like they only caught the dullards.

FineasFinn on August 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

“Why are our approval ratings so low? We don’t get it!”

-Congress

Bishop on August 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Towns announced his retirement in April. He should be expelled, and his pension benefits stripped for this coverup.

Whatever happened to jail? So, so tired of these pols getting slapped on the wrist for corruption. Things you and I would go to jail for, they get paid vacations or TV shows.

ButterflyDragon on August 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Oversight: Democrat-o-speak for “we didn’t see nuthin’!”

ted c on August 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Towns announced his retirement in April. He should be expelled, and his pension benefits stripped for this coverup.

You sir, are obviously a racist.

rightside on August 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Racist thread.

rickyricardo on August 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Yes, running that photo on the homepage is proof of HA’s evil racist motive.

itsnotaboutme on August 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

The system worked. I’m not joking.

rob verdi on August 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

The government and the financial sector are two sides of the same corrupt coin.

Its astounding the Republicans dont become more vocal in demanding the relationship between the two be radically reformed. The Tea Party should shaking the roof tops about this corruption and cronyism.

rickyricardo on August 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

“Why are our approval ratings so low? We don’t get it!”

-Congress

Bishop on August 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

our ability to throw down right now is hampered by Choom’s hold on DoJ, and Romney is gonna point out that the party who threw Duke Cunningham under the bus as a LOT more credibility on graft than the party who put a rookie in charge who has “ZERO!” fraud convictions….

Barack could NOT prosecute the fraud without taking down members of his own party….the last four years have been a BIG Mexican standoff between the Corzines, the Dodds, and the Choom….with Holder refusing to do his duty….

you get it now?

Mitt is gonna be “Only Nixon could go to China” on Wall $treet!

BOOM!

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Hey VP Biden, Wall Street doesn’t put us in chains!

Wall Street unchained isn’t half as dangerous as a politician with a checkbook and a “social justice” agenda.

It will not wreck your economy with crazy demands for poor people in elaborate homes.

It doesn’t chase dreams of unicorn fuel.

It will not tie you up with impediments to create jobs.

What do “sweetheart” mortgages really indicate?

Misusing political power for personal gain is the first symptom of tyranny.

IlikedAUH2O on August 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Towns’ district no doubt will send another corrupt Dem to replace him.

natasha333 on August 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The system worked. I’m not joking.

rob verdi on August 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Or working the system worked for Dems.

Drained Brain on August 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM

These weren’t sweetheart deals, they were bribes.

Vashta.Nerada on August 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Maybe this should be called the Congresswide scandal. Lots of people had to know about this. Thanks to Issa for bringing it to light.

rlyle on August 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Well, you get rid of Towns, you might as well get rid of every Democrat politician.

That’s such a beautiful thought I have tears in my eyes.

NoDonkey on August 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM

“Let’s give guys like this more power, more control, and more authority! Big Government-types have our best interest in mind! More please!” -Average Dem voter/Lefty

visions on August 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Well, you get rid of Towns, you might as well get rid of every Democrat politician.

That’s such a beautiful thought I have tears in my eyes.

NoDonkey on August 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Mitt WANTS them attacking his Taxes…

he is gonna ask for Corzine’s and a slew of other dirty donks….

and ask Harry Reid on stage…

“Hey Harry I’d LOVE to know how you turned 197,000 a year into at least 10 million dollars, can I look at YOUR taxes when you get around to SENDING ME A BUDGET?”

BOOM!

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Let me guess… he shares a congressional office with John Conyers?

On a serious note, the weak-kneed RINO Leadership in the House won’t do anything about this. Frankly, I’m surprised that Boehner even let Issa’s investigation go this far given that Boehner is deathly afraid of Democrats (and his own shadow).

I expect that the House Leadership will spike this whole thing and let this crook retire with full benefits and, moreover, place a statue of him in the House Lobby like they did for retiring crook John Conyers… you know, so the Democrats won’t hate them as much.

Mahdi on August 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM

“Let’s give guys like this more power, more control, and more authority! Big Government-types have our best interest in mind! More please!” -Average Dem voter/Lefty

visions on August 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Mitt is gonna disrupt the narrative the schools, media, and politicians have been using to their activist base AT the convention….

this is so awesome….the DNC noise is acting as a warm up for their own doom….

HAHAHA I have a vision of Harry Reid as Wile E Coyote with his face smoking after he detonated his own trap….

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

He should be expelled, and his pension benefits stripped for this coverup.

At the third sentence I had already come to this conclusion. Wasn’t a law passed in the waning days of GOP control of the house that went straight to this? I believe Cold Case Jefferson was the reason for it being introduced if I recall correctly.

DanMan on August 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Countrywide did much more than bribe a few Congressmen with discount mortgages. They were in league with Fannie Mae all the way to prevent any kind of real regulation or oversight of Fannie Mae, and THAT is what led to the collapse in 2008. Countrywide also bullied everyone else in the industry trade groups; because they were so huge and contributed so much money the trades all pretty much took whatever position Countrywide wanted them too. This is why you never saw the Mortgage Bankers Association or American Bankers Association of Financial Services Roundtable advocating reform of Fannie and Freddie.

I worked for a few years for a major competitor of Countrywide, and it was not fun dealing with them even though their lobbyists weer friends of mine. They were ruthless when it came to regulation of subprime lending and especially reform of Fannie/Freddie.

rockmom on August 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I expect that the House Leadership will spike this whole thing and let this crook retire with full benefits and, moreover, place a statue of him in the House Lobby like they did for retiring crook John Conyers… you know, so the Democrats won’t hate them as much.

Mahdi on August 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM

They can’t when Mitt calls ‘em out or they are doomed.

The GOP has allowed our guys to get thrown under the bus a lot compared to TEAM DNC, the “like us please okay” bargain is a deathtrap for our treasury.

If you are a dirty republican YOUR time is up!

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Towns announced his retirement in April. He should be expelled, and his pension benefits stripped for this coverup.

Are you kidding me? He should be in jail for malpractice.

antisocial on August 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Towns has to be indicted criminally along with Dodd.

lilium479 on August 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Exposing corrupt members of congress is a wasted effort. It used to be our elected officials at least appeared to be statesmen of impeccible character and integrity and could be embarrassed or shamed when caught with their hand in the till, lying or in a compromised position. Not anymore. Shame and embarrassment are terms that are foreign to their psyche.

Their immoral and illegal actions are normally hidden, excused or ignored by their fellow party members, making themselves just as complicit.

iamsaved on August 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Crony Capitalism much?

faraway on August 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM

On a $500,000 mortgage, a sweetheart deal at 4% versus, say, the market rate of 6%, yields about $220,000 in savings over the life of the loan. I’d love to see the deals Towns, Dodd, et al received so we could assign some dollar amounts to their slimy corruption.

http://www.fiscalwars.wordpress.com

stout77 on August 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Whats with the N*****iazation of Mr. Towns…Hot Air is clearly racist………………………………………………………………………………………………………./

NY Conservative on August 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Hey, another hilariously corrupt CBC stooge. What a surprise!

Jaibones on August 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I hope one of Romney’s AG’s first jobs is to find out exactly how Jon Corzine was able to steal a billion dollars and not have any charges filed against him, and avoided even being questioned under oath.

Socratease on August 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Towns announced his retirement in April. He should be expelled, and his pension benefits stripped for this coverup.

JAIL

Stop the looting and start prosecuting!!

KenInIL on August 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Expelled?! He should receive free food, three times a day, courtesy of taxpayers. That, and a bunk bed.

Archivarix on August 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

And a new partner for life!

PrettyD_Vicious on August 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Are you kidding me? He should be in jail for malpractice.

antisocial on August 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I agree completely. Keep in mind folks like Dan Rostenkowski did go to jail. And when he got out he remained a wealthy man with full retirement and paid health care though. The idea was to remove their security, which is very lucrative. I believe Jefferson will be also recieve his full package of bennies even though he went to jail.

DanMan on August 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM

CBS is reporting this??

esr1951 on August 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

A rogue correspondent. Don’t worry, they’ll be reeducated.

Ward Cleaver on August 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Hey! Give Towns a break! NONE of this was supposed to come up! It was the heady days after the 2008 elections. Conservatism was dead! Democrats would rule for a generation! NO ONE was going to be looking over their shoulder. They would control any investigations!

Most honest, most open, most transparent, MOST CORRUPT administration, evah!

GarandFan on August 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM

And that’s how you clean up the swamp.

-Nasty Nanzi

antipc on August 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Nothing will happen … Nothing !

ashiya on August 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

They were ruthless when it came to regulation of subprime lending and especially reform of Fannie/Freddie.

rockmom on August 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Be that all as it may, Countrywide did not create the meltdown. The Fremonts and Option Ones of the subprime industry did more than their share of damage, too. It was the Fed’s lax oversight of sub-prime and the securitization of NINA and No Doc loans which inevitably melted it all down.

Jaibones on August 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Heinlein was right.

Bishop on August 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Hope he gets what’s coming to him, just like Corzine did……Oh, my bad.

antipc on August 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM

“We cannot handle the overwhelming influx of information!”

Sincerely,
Romney Ad Writers

hillsoftx on August 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Thank God that Issa was able to “unshackle” the truth.

Hill60 on August 17, 2012 at 10:43 AM

The man in that picture appears to be gleeful.

If I’d said that the man appears to be angry, MSNBC’s Touré Neblett says I’d be a racist.

Actually, Neblett says that if anyone says anything about that man in the picture, he’s racist.

de rigueur on August 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Oh, the stories we are going to see when the Progs are dislodged from power positions..

d1carter on August 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Yet more evidence that we should take the money away. Get the Fedzilla back to the enumerated powers, and out of messing in housing, education, industry, health care, energy, agriculture and any number of other disguises for robbing the American people.

mr.blacksheep on August 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Yet more evidence that we should take the money away. Get the Fedzilla back to the enumerated powers, and out of messing in housing, education, industry, health care, energy, agriculture and any number of other disguises for robbing the American people.

mr.blacksheep on August 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Correct….see why I was so gleeful when I figured out why he was picking Ryan….this all locks together, we are gonna run as the GOP Shield of protecting the worker from out of control moneymen and politicians….

BARACK OBAMA YOU TOOK 716 BILLION FROM ALL AMERICAN WORKERS AND YOU HAVE ZERO FRAUD CONVICTIONS!

Where’s Corzine’s audit?

BOOM!

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

He should be expelled, and his pension benefits stripped for this coverup.

Expelled and stripped of his benefits? What the hell is wrong with you Ed? He should be prosecuted and stripped of his freedom, i.e. as in put in prison for the rest of his life while his assets including any he attempts to shield be giving or deeding to his spouse or children are seized.

SWalker on August 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I don’t think it’s fair that we have to live in a banana republic without the banana republic weather.

Rational Thought on August 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Gold chains

faraway on August 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

If the press had any balls, they’d be knocking on Pelosi’s door about that ‘drain the swamp’ meme. This sort of thing is texbook crookery under that woman’s tenure as speaker.

GoodSamaritan on August 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Expelled and stripped of his benefits? What the hell is wrong with you Ed? He should be prosecuted and stripped of his freedom, i.e. as in put in prison for the rest of his life while his assets including any he attempts to shield be giving or deeding to his spouse or children are seized.

SWalker on August 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I think some Chinese justice delivered to corrupt pols and their financial industry/Wall Street cronies are long overdue.

rickyricardo on August 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Congress has got to stop protecting their own and there has to be some real punishment or this will go on and on.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

He should be expelled, and his pension benefits stripped for this coverup.

Oh, take his pension? Such strident language, Ed.

Heaven forfend!

Excuse me whilst I aim for my fainting couch.

chimney sweep on August 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Another name on the Obama pardon list?

Buddahpundit on August 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM

All you folks grinding your teeth over Ed’s pension remarks need to be aware we have had several members of congress convicted, admit to wrong doing, censured, retired for cause are not getting something very important. We are continuing to fund these criminals after they leave office for years. They are paying no price for their crimes other than walking away from their lifetime incomes.

If they have to forgo their pensions then it should be obvious they are ripe for prosecution. I can’t name a single congressman or senator that has been exposed since the law to strip their pensions for wrongdoing was passed. Can you? We know they are criminals and they believe and act as though they are above the law. Until they face consequences they are right.

Upon getting caught the very first thing to happen should be exclusion from the club and the stripping of their government income. Besides the influence they peddle (for obvious profit that is the point their convictions) why do you believe they spend millions to earn thousands?

DanMan on August 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Is the tide starting to turn, CBS wow.

DDay on August 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM

They are paying no price for their crimes other than walking away from their lifetime incomes.

DanMan on August 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM

s/b They are paying no price other than walking away from the office that allowed them their lifetime incomes.

DanMan on August 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM

It’s astounding the Republicans don’t become more vocal in demanding the relationship between the two be radically reformed. The Tea Party should shaking the roof tops about this corruption and cronyism.

rickyricardo on August 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Worse than any of that I cringe every time the left successfully makes the case that “they inherited all the mess from GW Bush. “The bent axel strikes again with so much astroturf flying through the air both sides become “blinded by the light.”
Nothing of course could be further from the truth than it was all Bush’s fault. He continually fought the left that controlled Congress, Fanny and Freddie and all the other gates of hell that unleashed “free everything” until the real estate market in the US totally collapsed and we were well on the way to uncontrollable debt. Not to mention the hoards of left wingers and others who demanded that Bush sign on to tarp. That the country would die a horrible death if he didn’t.Yeah right!
What you don’t hear however is that most of tarp was paid back.The rest of the damage done by the hard left remains and daily helps destroy our obama economy.
I long for the days when everything that comes out of the mouth of an axel,plouffe or wacky washerwoman is countered as lies or distortions. Only then will we right the slander of the left.

rodguy911 on August 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Does any of this even surprise us anymore? Everyday another scandal and corruption. Most of us know, deep down, that this is just the tip of the iceberg. We are probably hearing about 10% of the filth and corruption. The people are like a plague of locusts that won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the entire country.

Of course on a more important note… did you hear about Seamus and Romney’s family vacation and the fact he’s paid no taxes the last 10 years.

acyl72 on August 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Yup…sadly the game ain’t played that way…tea partiers and reformers….

after we win the power to convict members hold YOURS accountable and if not RELEASE THE PRIMARY!

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

You are right. Establishment Republicans are far more concerned with protecting Democrats than investigating them. There was no investigation of the Clinton Administration once GW became President.

Mention impeaching Obama and the Rombots go crazy. No can not do that. Why not?

Steveangell on August 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

These weren’t sweetheart deals, they were bribes.

Vashta.Nerada on August 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Close the comments.

BobMbx on August 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Mention impeaching Obama and the Rombots go crazy. No can not do that. Why not?

Steveangell

Run for office and then get back to us, ok champ?

chimney sweep on August 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM

It’s astounding the Republicans don’t become more vocal in demanding the relationship between the two be radically reformed. The Tea Party should shaking the roof tops about this corruption and cronyism.

rickyricardo on August 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

You should not be astounded that one particular group isn’t doing more because a member of another particular group got busted for being corrupt.

You should be aware that all groups do this. There is no clean team to pick.

Term limits. It may not be a perfect answer, but its a damn sight better than what we get today.

BobMbx on August 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Run for office and then get back to us, ok champ?

chimney sweep on August 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Math’s hard for some folks to grasp….

Harry Reid is in charge of the Senate ABRs…..

You cannot realistically expect the donks to go after this guy and Reid will not do his duty and convict Choom when Reid himself should be impached and censured for breaking the law by not passing a budget.

in other news here on Earth water is wet….

You want these guys hurt?

Work your butt off to flip the Senate and let the President know ALL CORRUPTION SHOULD BE ENDED don’t “offer helpful scolding”

MATH!

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

He should be prosecuted, but so should Jon Corsine. If he had only put more of his money in the right places when he head it, Bernie Madoff would still be a free man. Such is life in a banana republic.

DMartin on August 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Ever notice how these types of posts always get the fewest comments? I guess it’s because we’ve become so accustomed to corruption in our government that it seems pointless to even remark about it, much less hope these crooks and liars ever face the same consequences you or I would face had we done such a thing. It’s almost like they’re telling us “yea, we gained special favors because of our positions, yea, we gave special deals to our campaign contributors, so what?”

scalleywag on August 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

His heart was in the right place.

Serious lapse of judgement.

Learned from his mistakes.

Had nothing to do with legislation before his committee.

Will disappear until after the election.

bgibbs1000 on August 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Wow, the Obama Pardon List gets longer and longer.

Ward Cleaver on August 17, 2012 at 1:17 PM

rickyricardo on August 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

You must be tone-deaf. What do you think has been happening since 2010?

dominigan on August 17, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Sharing the wealth.

pat on August 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

We are being systematically financially raped by a criminal organzation called the Federal Government.
We are slaves to the leviathan of the political machines.
The well connected steal from us with impunity and even when found out, get away with their booty and a pension.
The DOJ is corrupt and there is no entity to prosecute the corruption.
We need an Office of Independent Prosecutor with power to take on any elected or appointed or hired government employee, answerable only to the voters.

WAKE UP AMERICA!
Balanced budget Ammendment and Term Limits.
Repeal the 16th Ammendment…Income Tax…This is the one that makes all of us slaves to the government.
No taxpayer paid pensions for Politicians and medical benefit only for term of office.
I reached my limit of tolerance….how about you?

dirtengineer on August 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Nancy Pelosi said that she’d “drain the swamp” for the most ethical Congress ever.

Just taking a Republican to do it.

socalcon on August 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM

He should be expelled, and his pension benefits stripped for this coverup.

Exactly. And, prosecuted for bribery.

GWB on August 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Funny how much of the corruption in this administration and Democrats and in particular are among the minorities, Holder, Waters, Towns, the ‘tard from Michigan and the one from Alabama hiding money in his freezer…..LOL….

Prosecuting them would be racist as would suggesting that they all be severely punished, after a fair trial of course.

DevilsPrinciple on August 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM

My congressman, Randy Cunningham went to jail for similar crimes. But then, he is a republican.

BDavis on August 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

My congressman, Randy Cunningham went to jail for similar crimes. But then, he is a republican.

BDavis on August 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Yep. Your Senator Feinstein makes Cunningham look like a rank amateur at this kind of thing too. When you push around billion dollar contracts that end up being placed with your husband’s companies, if you are a Democrat, everything is just fine.

Friends of Countrywide? Show us your Democrat credentials and you are fine. Maybe the guy from MSNBC would use that same word in describing what CBS is doing in reporting news of Democrat fraud.

oldroy on August 17, 2012 at 2:31 PM

And who’s been a vocal critic of Issa’s subpoenas and questions regarding Fast and Furious? That would be Edolphus Towns.

Dan Collins on August 17, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Allen West and Tim Scott are honest Republicans. Every single Democratic member of the Congressional Black Caucus is a crook. Every single one.

Is it racist to observe this, or is it racist to have not prosecuted them?

Adjoran on August 17, 2012 at 2:49 PM

We are being systematically financially raped by a criminal organzation called the Federal Government.
We are slaves to the leviathan of the political machines.
The well connected steal from us with impunity and even when found out, get away with their booty and a pension.
The DOJ is corrupt and there is no entity to prosecute the corruption.
We need an Office of Independent Prosecutor with power to take on any elected or appointed or hired government employee, answerable only to the voters.

WAKE UP AMERICA!
Balanced budget Ammendment and Term Limits.
Repeal the 16th Ammendment…Income Tax…This is the one that makes all of us slaves to the government.
No taxpayer paid pensions for Politicians and medical benefit only for term of office.
I reached my limit of tolerance….how about you?

IT’S TIME TO CAMP OUT IN FRONT OF THE CANDIDATES OFFICES AND DEMAND REAL CHANGES TO THE SYSTEM…AND DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT THEM.

REMEMBER…THESE GUYS ARE TRAINED LIARS…THEY HAVE TRAINING SESSIONS FOR LEGISLATORS IN THE ART OF LYING AND CONVINCING YOU THEY ARE TELLING THE TRUTH.

dirtengineer on August 17, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Towns announced his retirement in April. He should be expelled, and his pension benefits stripped for this coverup.

Yeah, that ain’t happening…. Pension benefits for Congresspeople are practically sacred.

tom on August 17, 2012 at 4:03 PM

PROSECUTE THE CONGRESSIONAL CROOKS AND THEIR AIDS!!

ARIZONAVETERAN on August 17, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Towns announced his retirement in April. He should be expelled, and his pension benefits stripped for this coverup.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha-a-a-a. Oh, Ed, you are such a card! Like that’s ever going to happen. ::snort::

ss396 on August 17, 2012 at 10:49 PM