House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. holds up a document as he speaks to IRS official Lois Lerner on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, during the committee's hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny IRS gave to Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner told the committee she did nothing wrong and then invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions. Credit: AP
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Though Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) isn't apologizing for calling White House Press Secretary Jay Carney "a paid liar" -- even after other Republicans said it was poor word choice -- he's also avoiding that kind of language going forward.
Asked repeatedly about the Carney remarks, Issa declined to comment directly. A very measured, deliberate Issa didn’t back down from the substance of his charge against the White House spokesman or apologize for it. But he wouldn’t mention Carney’s name again either.
“What is said by the White House directly or indirectly — there are people who speak on behalf of the president in many ways — has often been an evolving truth,” Issa said in an interview. “Meaning the original statement and the final truth have very little in common. Benghazi certainly would be a good example. The IRS scandal is certainly a good example.”
Issa made the remark about Carney being a "liar" on CNN last Sunday. The next day Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) responded to it, saying, "I never like to use that word." Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said, "Jay Carney is not the issue here."
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