New Republican House Committees Already Planning Investigations
January 4, 2011
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—With a lofty goal of leading six major investigations by March, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the incoming chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is making some Democrats nervous. Issa will have vast power, including the ability to subpoena government officials, as he investigates such issues as the release of classified cables by Wikileaks, FDA recalls, and corruption in Afghanistan, among other issues, the Washginton Post reports.
Issa’s spokesman has said that the Congressman plans to investigate abuse and fraud within “the bureaucracy that outlasts any one administration or political party,” but some Democrats are concerned about whether Issa is simply out to skewer the Obama administration. That skepticism intensified following a Sunday interview in which Issa called the Obama administration “one of the most corrupt administrations,” the Post notes.
House Speaker John Boehner has leaned on House Republicans to ensure that any investigations remain focused on substance without turning into a political witch hunt, the Post reports. Other new Republican committee chairs are planning to launch investigations involving the Justice Dept.’s civil rights division, radical Muslims in the U.S., and homeland security grants, among other issues.