Friday, May 25, 2012

Members Of Congress Directly Ask Walker About His Testimony

Remember when Walker blew off a suggestion that he clarify the remarks he made to Congress, from which he omitted any discussion of the "divide-and-conquer" plan he confided to a billionaire donor?
Well, three Congressmen have now written Walker directly for a explanation - - in writing:
Committee Democrats Press Governor Walker for
Explanation of Videotape that Conflicts with His Testimony
Washington, DC (May 25, 2012)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Committee Members Gerald Connolly and Chris Murphy sent a letter to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker seeking answers to three simple questions about his 2011 testimony before the Committee in light of a new videotape that appears to contradict his statements.
Despite testifying under oath that he never “had a conversation with respect to [his] actions in Wisconsin and using them to punish members of the opposition party and their donor base,” a newly uncovered video taken three months earlier shows Walker explaining to one of his biggest financial donors that he plans to use a “divide and conquer” strategy against public sector workers in order to turn Wisconsin into a “completely red state.”
Today’s letter follows a previous letter the Members sent to Chairman Issa requesting that he ask Walker to explain his testimony before the Committee.
The full letter follows:
May 25, 2012
The Honorable Scott Walker
Office of the Governor
115 East State Capitol
Madison, WI 53702
Dear Governor Walker:
On May 21, 2012, we wrote to Rep. Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, requesting that he send a letter asking you to explain your testimony before our Committee on April 14, 2011, particularly in light of a new videotape taken of you three months before the hearing and an article published by The Nation entitled, “Did Scott Walker Lie Under Oath to Congress?” Letter from Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings and Committee Members Gerry Connolly and Christopher Murphy to Chairman Darrell E. Issa (May 21, 2012) (online at
On May 22, you were asked about our letter by your local Fox affiliate, but rather than addressing the substance of our request, you accused us of acting politically because we did not send a letter directly to you. Walker Responds to Allegations He Lied Under Oath, Fox 6 News (May 22, 2012) (online at (stating “I think the fact that they’ve sent it to you before I’ve even seen it suggests that it’s a political issue”).
To address your concerns, it may be helpful to explain why we wrote to Chairman Issa instead of to you.  Pursuant to our Committee’s protocols, the Chairman typically writes letters on behalf of the entire Committee to seek clarification of previous testimony, to forward questions for the record from Committee Members, and for other purposes relating to witness testimony at Committee hearings.  Chairman Issa has written several letters to witnesses this Congress when he believed they were not being truthful or when new information came to light suggesting that their testimony was not accurate.
Since you appear willing to entertain our inquiries directly, we ask that you submit to the Committee written answers to the following three simple questions no later than June 1, 2012:   
(1)     Do you dispute that you met with Diane Hendricks, one of your top donors, on January 18, 2011?
(2)     Do you dispute that, in response to a question from Ms. Hendricks about whether Wisconsin could become “a completely red state,” you responded “Oh, yeah,” and that your “first step” as Governor would be to “deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions” in order to “divide and conquer”?
(3)     In light of your answers to these questions, do you now wish to withdraw your sworn testimony before the Committee in which you asserted that you never “had a conversation with respect to your actions in Wisconsin and using them to punish members of the opposition party and their donor base”?
In the interview with your local Fox affiliate, you stated that “the facts are the facts.”  We agree, and in this instance, the facts were captured on videotape.
It is critical for Congress to obtain accurate information from witnesses who testify before the Committee in order to help inform our policy decisions.  Your videotaped conversation with Ms. Hendricks not only raises serious concerns about the accuracy of your testimony before the Committee, but it undermines the entire rationale put forward for your unprecedented campaign against public sector workers.
We look forward to receiving your responses to our questions.
____________________         ____________________              ____________________
Elijah E. Cummings                   Gerald E. Connolly        Christopher S. Murphy
Ranking Member               Committee Member          Committee Member


Anonymous said...

Arrest Him Immediately

Anonymous said...

Oh, I so hope to see this in an ad!

Sue said...

I think we can now officially classify our governor as 'beleaguered'. Even if he retains his position all this other stuff isn't going away.
Those "Scott Walker Is My Hero" bumper stickers are going to become a little embarrassing. I hope they aren't too hard to remove.

IMOvoice2u said...

I've been calling for his resignation from day one. I didn't support or vote for him as Milwaukee County Executive and I certainly don't support him as Governor of Wisconsin. In my opinion, he is bad government.

Boxer said...

He lied, he lied, he lied to Wisconsin.
He lied, he lied, he lied to Congress.
He lied, he lied, he lied to Milwaukee.
He lied, he lied, he lied to Marquette.
He lied, he lied, he lied to the news outlets.
He lied, he lied, he lied on TV.
He lied, he lied, he lied to Wisconsin.
And again and again and again.

When are his supporters going to wake up and smell the lying coffee?