Darrell Issa’s Fast and Frivolous - Page 3
Instead Issa’s current effort is attempting to draw a conspiracy from a letter that the Department of Justice sent that contained incorrect information about guns lost in the program. The misinformation was provided by an ATF field office director who has testified under oath that he relied on misinformation from field agents. Chairman Issa has repeatedly refused to allow that field office director to appear before the committee and be questioned by its members.
And then there is Issa himself
Darrell Issa is the Congressman who famously earmarked highway dollars to a road where it only “coincidentally” increased the value of property he owned. In 2010, when Issa was appointed Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, he said, “I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks [a year.]” He said he planned to investigate the Obama Administration’s role in economic stimulus, bank bailouts and the collapse of housing prices. He promised to investigate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Countrywide Mortgage, Toyota, and steroids in baseball. He said he would look into “presidential earmarks” (there is no such thing) and presidential grants (there aren’t many.)
Two years later (at election time) It looks like Chairman Issa is staring “Epic Fail!” straight in the eye. His political job — to paint the Obama Administration as a criminal and hypocritical enterprise — is left with this: A botched ATF initiative that relied on proven investigative techniques. A single “scandal” that was in response to a real and widespread crime involving international drug cartels. And just one “investigation” of a program that began during the Bush Administration.
For Darrell Issa, what a letdown it must be.