Audio Allegedly Reveals Ex-Cabinet Member Illegally Soliciting Campaign Donations
A newly released audio recording allegedly reveals an ex-White House cabinet member breaking the law to help get President Barack Obama re-elected.
In the audio from 2012, former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis can be heard calling a subordinate and illegally soliciting campaign donations.
Tonight on “The Kelly File,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) explained that there is no doubt that the recording is Solis. He said that she was found to have violated the Hatch Act – which prohibits government workers from soliciting campaign donations – and she then resigned.
Issa also told Kelly that the Department of Justice will now look into the missing Lois Lerner emails.
Watch his interview above. Read more on this story from the Washington Post:
The release comes as Mr. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House oversight committee, is trying to pressure the White House to buckle and allow David Simas, the director of the newly reopened White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, to testify to Congress.
White House lawyers have refused, saying as an adviser to the president Mr. Simas is immune from having to respond to the subpoena Mr. Issa issued.
“We have never been faced with a president who had claimed an inherent immunity from a federal employee ,” Mr. Issa said. “We’re in the process of working with independent House counsel to evaluate a first-ever claim that this president is, in fact, a sovereign and thus has inherent rights not to be deposed, if you will, including his political appointees.”
During Wednesday’s committee hearing, which Mr. Simas did not attend, Mr. Issa played a recording of Ms. Solis asking someone to “help us get folks organized” to come to an Obama campaign fundraiser at La Fonda restaurant in Los Angeles.
“There are a lot of folks that we know that are coming but wanted to ask you if you might help contribute or get other folks to help out,” she says.