California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has big plans for the Obama Administration in the event the Republicans win back the House in November. Issa would likely become the head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee should the House turn red this fall. His plan? Air the President’s dirty laundry:
“I won’t use it to have corporate America live in fear that we’re going to subpoena everything. I will use it to get the very information that today the White House is either shredding or not producing.”
By taking over the Oversight Committee, Rep. Issa would then have authority to issue subpoenas to the White House (since the Committee is currently in Democratic hands, the Obama Administration obviously isn’t being asked to produce anything that could be potentially damaging). Rep. Issa has been particularly boisterous with respect to the job offered to Pennsylvania Democrat Joe Sestak, in exchange for him not running against Arlen Specter in the Senate primary.
After calling the White House “corrupt” and Obama’s presidency “failed,” Issa reiterated his claims that — despite a contrary assessment from most experts — the administration violated federal law with the Sestak imbroglio.
The Politico is wrong here. I have yet to hear anyone outside of the Administration argue the Sestak job offer didn’t violate federal law. In fact, offering Sestak anything in exchange for him dropping out of the race clearly ran afoul of the express language of the law. Now, I’ve heard lots of people in Washington say things like it happen all the time, it’s no big deal, yada yada yada. That it happens all the time doesn’t make it any less illegal however.
The Committee, as the investigative arm of the House of Representatives, has broad discretion to investigate, well, just about anything. Included within the list of “just about anything,” is the propriety of the Sestak issue. In fact, the Committee should be investigating it now. With Issa in charge, the investigation would certainly heat up.
Who knows? If the Republicans win the House, maybe the inquiries won’t stop at Sestak. Perhaps we’ll even get answers to why this president refuses to release basic information that practically every other major political candidate has released to date, like his college transcripts
, for example.