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December 29, 2013
I don’t know it was an exhaustive investigation. That al-Qaeda was not involved. There was some level of preplanning, we know that. There was aspiration to conduct an attack by al-Qaeda and their affiliates in Libya. We know that.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) • Pushing back on yesterday’s New York Times investigation on Benghazi, which suggested the GOP-driven narrative on the 2012 attack was off base. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)—who has led a number of hearings about the attacks—was a little more accepting of NYT reporter David Kirkpatrick’s work, but disputed the claim that a anti-Islam video sparked the terror attack and stood by al-Qaeda ties. Kirkpatrick spent a month covering this story.
16:49 // 7 months ago
November 10, 2013
17:51 // 8 months ago
July 14, 2013

The best takedown of Darrell Issa you’ll read today

maneatingbadger:

pbump:

This is a pretty direct takedown of Darrell Issa.

Via @thegarance

I am a Timothy Egan fan. He is spot-on: 

In Darrell Issa, for the age of dysfunctional politics, we have the government we deserve.

Issa and everyone else. Sure, government is supposed to be accountable to the people, but the people are supposed to hold it accountable. 

This is an epic piece, particularly this tangential line: "Immigration reform—the most significant thing lawmakers could do in this decade—is a critically ill patient in the emergency room of the Republican House."

13:18 // 1 year ago
June 9, 2013
Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved. And if it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) • Discussing testimony for a conservative Republican at the Internal Revenue Service which he says proves that the White House was not involved in an effort at the agency to target Tea Party groups. Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says that if the chairman of the committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), does not release the transcripts from the IRS employee by the end of the week, he would. Issa, in case you haven’t been following the inner-workings of Congress, has used the position to push for multiple investigations into the Obama administration.
13:16 // 1 year ago
January 29, 2013
20:15 // 1 year ago
September 20, 2012

Fast and Furious investigation: Holder in the clear, but other officials implicated

  • 14 officials involved with the botched “Fast and Furious” sting operation acted “without adequate regard for the risk it posed to public safety,” according to the results of an internal investigation.
  • no Eric Holder wasn’t one of them. The report cleared him of responsibility, concluding that he had no knowledge of the operation’s problems prior to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, which brought the operation under public scrutiny. 
  • two department officials resigned less than an hour after the report was released earlier today: Kenneth Melson, former acting head of the ATF, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein. Both were amongst the 14 named in the report. source

The investigation was launched by the DOJ’s Inspector General’s office, which recommended that the Justice Department consider disciplining the 14 agents named. Holder said today that the report would be reviewed with “consideration of potential personnel actions.” 

0:36 // 1 year ago
June 24, 2012
11:07 // 2 years ago
June 20, 2012
Why today really, really sucks for Attorney General Eric Holder
Eric Holder facing contempt resolution: With the ongoing “Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking saga reaching a head in Congress, Holder will likely face a contempt resolution from the the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — the one led by Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the harshest "Fast and Furious" critics. Holder knows what’s coming — he sent a letter to Obama asking the president to claim executive privilege on the documents in the case, which the president granted (though the committee hasn’t received). Problem is, the committee is still moving forward — in particular, Issa won’t back down. Sweat, meet brow. (photo by Ryan J. Reilly) source
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Eric Holder facing contempt resolution: With the ongoing “Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking saga reaching a head in Congress, Holder will likely face a contempt resolution from the the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — the one led by Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the harshest "Fast and Furious" critics. Holder knows what’s coming — he sent a letter to Obama asking the president to claim executive privilege on the documents in the case, which the president granted (though the committee hasn’t received). Problem is, the committee is still moving forward — in particular, Issa won’t back down. Sweat, meet brow. (photo by Ryan J. Reilly) source

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10:37 // 2 years ago
May 3, 2012
12:13 // 2 years ago
April 15, 2012

Obama on Secret Service: U.S. officials must “observe the highest standards”

  • cause Over the weekend, a major political scandal involving the Secret Service — a government agency commonly tied to the president — broke in Colombia, suggesting that agents were hanging out with prostitutes. Yeah, that’s really bad.
  • reaction The president, discussing the allegations while speaking at the summit in Colombia, says that he’ll hold judgment until the allegations are fully investigated. And if they’re true? “Then, of course, I’ll be angry,” the president said. source

» A key house figure also wants an investigation: California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the head of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, thinks that more agents than the 11 implicated were involved. “We think the number might be higher, and we’re asking for the exact amount of all the people who, quote, were involved,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Issa says he want to ensure that systems are in place to prevent situations like this in the future, which he suggested he could lead to blackmail.

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20:51 // 2 years ago