Rep. Issa: ‘I’m Going to do a Lot of Investigating’ of Obama (Video)
November 7, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Here it comes folks, endless partisan congressional investigations of the Obama administration, fueled by manufactured race-baiting conspiracy theories peddled by Fox News. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), soon to become the Chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, armed with subpoena power, is chomping at the bit to spend the next two-years issuing subpoenas and depositions to White House officials, with the ultimate goal of impeaching President Obama. Get ready for gridlock and government paralysis, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Republicans controlled Congress during the Clinton administration, when 140 hours of testimony was taken on a phony controversy involving the Clinton’s Christmas card list.
What’s on Issa’s lengthy hit list? Lots of scary black people, including the GOP’s favorite bogeyman, ACORN and the already debunked, phony New Black Panthers non-voter intimidation controversy. ISSA also plans to pursue the GOP narrative that poor black folks getting mortgages they couldn’t afford from Fannie and Freddie “…created the financial meltdown…” Of course the financial crisis had nothing to do with greedy Wall Streeters slicing and dicing mortgages into fraudulent exotic instruments. Nope, it’s all the fault of those poor black folks who took out mortgages they couldn’t afford. Greedy, predatory lenders didn’t play a part. Nope.
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Rep. Issa made it clear he intends to pursue all of the phony Fox News’ scandals, including an offer of a non-paying government position to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), which Issa has already ludicrously characterized as an “impeachable” offense.
WALLACE: Will you investigate the Justice Department’s handling of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case?
ISSA: I believe that will be handled by judiciary and Lamar Smith. Certainly I will help get the facts for them but it really is a judiciary function and he’s going to lead that I believe.
WALLACE: Is that something you think should be investigated?
ISSA: I think it should be investigated. All voter intimidation, all distortion of democracy is a first priority in a democracy. That’s why ACORN continues to be one of those where they’re gone, but we have to make sure that the voter registration process is sound everywhere in the country by whoever is participating in doing it.
WALLACE: Will you investigate the White House effort to get Joe Sestak out of the Democratic senate primary in Pennsylvania?
ISSA: Chris I’m going to do what President Eisenhower suggested. I’m going to take a complicated problem and expand it in order to solve it. People in the Bush administration, W. Bush, said they did the same thing. That means that we have an endemic problem, an epidemic if you will, of administrations thinking it’s OK to save their Party money by clearing a primary with a government job. I think we have to bring that to an end. And I’m going to look for ways to expose it and then bring it to an end for this president and every president to come afterwords.
WALLACE: What’s the first thing? What’s the big investigation you’re looking to hold?
ISSA: Well I’m going to go after a lot of things and I’m going to do a lot of investigating, but I think finishing off the Angelo Mozilo, friends of Angelo program–
ISSA: Countrywide–where it created the financial meltdown, to in no small part, because Freddie and Fannie took huge amounts of bad loans and are continuing to have losses. I think we have to bring that to a successful conclusion and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Because again, that probably distorted the process of lawmaking and regulation making with money that shouldn’t have been discounted, if you will that shouldn’t have gone not just to politicians, but to all kinds of bureaucrats that made bad decisions.
WALLACE: How do you reconcile–because some of these things, you’re going to be putting White House officials on the hot seat making them take the oath and tell the truth and nothing but the truth. How do you reconcile that with what you said–in USA last month– “Oversight is not and should not be used as a political weapon against the occupant of the Oval office.”
ISSA: And that’s very true. If you can go down ticket to the bureaucrat and take care of the problem you shouldn’t bring in the politician or the political appointee. And I think that’s going to be a change. We’re going to look for the person most knowledgeable about a problem and have them before our committee, and in many cases we’re going to do it outside the public glare through depositions with Republicans and Democrats both sitting there. Because I think we need to do investigations in a less partisan way.
Isn’t it funny, that when there is a Republican in the Oval Office, Republicans can’t be bothered investigating presidential abuses. But, with a Democratic president, all bets are off.
“In comparison to their oversight of the Clinton administration, Republicans have done little to hold the Bush administration accountable for its actions. For example, while taking just 12 hours of testimony on the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the Republican-controlled House took 140 hours of testimony on Clinton’s Christmas card list. And while issuing over 1,000 subpoenas investigating Clinton and the Democratic Party, the Republican-led Government Reform committee issued just 11 subpoenas investigating Republicans.”
It’s going to get ugly.