The committee has been trying to get to the bottom of the IRS targeting of conservatives groups scandal. During the hearings Cummings has played devil's advocate often disrupting proceedings and oddly appearing to defend the IRS.
Recall the last meeting where Lois Lerner again defied congress prompting Cummings to get into a pissing contest with Chairman Darrell Issa and getting his mic turned off.
Soon after that exchange it was Issa and not Cummings the press sided with, you know, because Cummings is black, blah blah blah.
Guess what - it seems Elijah doth protest too much... Turns out Cummings' staff contacted the IRS in August 2012 detailing their intent to investigate True the Vote themselves.
The IRS harassment of True the Vote is central to the scandal. The IRS demanded information on members, training material, software and meeting minutes. And never awarded them the same tax treatment as other 'liberal' groups.
It appears Cummings' staff was doing the same thing, and worse, the IRS may have passed private, protected taxpayer information to Cummings' staff. Details Cummings failed to divulge when the investigation started.
In short, Cummings has a conflict of interest at a minimum. And possibly worse, since Lois Lerner is headed toward a criminal charge, Cummings and his staff got some 'splain'n to do too.
Remember the movie Casa Blanca?
Capt Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
Capt Renault: Oh, thank you very much.
Hyper Holder Attacks Congress