In what may go down as the most epic fail to hit the Department of Justice (recently anyway), an aide to Attorney General Eric Holder mistakenly called the office of House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and asked for help in spinning the latest revelations involving the IRS scandal.
The aide, Brian Fallon, apparently believed he had contacted the office of another ranking member of the Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Fallon is a former senior aide to New York Democrat Chuck Schumer.
According to a letter sent to Holder from Issa, the aide asked if the Committee would “release documents to the media so that the Department could publicly comment on the material.”
Issa said he was “extremely troubled” by a clear attempt “to coordinate” and “preemptively release incomplete and selectively chosen information.”
Fallon runs the Justice Department’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA). The letter cited Fallon’s message regarding “the Department’s desire to get the material in the hands of interested reporters so that the Department could comment on it ‘before the Majority’ could share it.”
Fallon would also ask “if the Committee would agree to release the material to selected reporters and thereby allow the Department the opportunity to comment publicly on it.”
Shortly thereafter, Fallon placed the call on hold for three minutes. Upon returning, Issa said Fallon was “audibly shaken” and stated that there had been “a change in plans.”
As Fallon believed he had been contact Cummings’ office, Issa suggests there may be ongoing coordination between the Democrat and the Department of Justice.
Read the letter below, and enjoy another fine effort by the most corrupt Justice Department in American history.