Treasury Secretary Jack Lew attempted to distance his department from the Internal Revenue Service’s controversial actions at a Senate hearing on Tuesday morning, despite acknowledging that the Treasury oversees the IRS.
Attorney General Eric Holder used the phrase “I don’t know” or some variation, at least 57 times during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee today as House Republicans grilled him over controversies including the IRS’ targeting of Tea Partiers, the Justice Department’s seizure of journalist phone records, and the security lapses surrounding the Boston bombing.
Department of Justice officials were grilled over wasteful spending at the agency, including over $50 million on conferences, $11 million on luxury private jets, and a special unit that helps Hollywood produce films and TV shows, during a House Judiciary Committee Hearing Wednesday.
Attorneys for Osama bin Laden’s terrorist son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith have asked a federal judge to postpone his controversial trial, blaming the delay on sequestration.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday urging him to redirect millions of dollars to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, a move Wolf says could immediately reduce gun violence without curtailing Second Amendment rights.