08/2011 Blog Posts
Visit Darrell Issa’s office Thursday Morning
Blurry line remains between Issa’s public and private dealings
Questions have been swirling for months about Darrell Issa's purchase of the office building at 2067 West Vista Way. In addition to previous questions about the property, it appears that one of the principals who negotiated the deal also made his only federal political contribution ever to Issa's campaign.
Issa raises questions over which of his statements were false
Issa's objections range from the cosmetic to the inaccurate, and he has walked himself now more than once into confirmably inaccurate statements. His inability to defend himself against the questions that have been raised without forcing the public to choose when he wasn't speaking accurately suggests this may just be the tip of the iceberg.
Darrell Issa’s personal Goldman rep arranged Elizabeth Warren perjury showdown
There are more and more wrinkles in the troubling saga of the former Goldman Sachs VP hired by Issa to protect Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms from accountability on the Hill. It now looks as though he was also personally responsible for the scheduling disagreement between Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Patrick McHenry that quickly mushroomed into a debacle of McHenry twice accusing Warren of perjury.
Oversight re-hires Bardella, cites multi-millionaire CEO on small businesses
Back in March, Kurt Bardella was a rising star working communications for Darrell Issa. Then he was fired for a breach of trust after secretly sharing information with a reporter. Now he has a new job -- as a staffer for the Oversight Committee. But, as Media Matters notes, there are still major inconsistencies about who knew what, with explicitly conflicting stories. At the time, Issa said that Bardella's superiors were unaware of what he was doing, and fired him after finding out. This time, Bardella's superiors are obviously aware of what he's done, and they're the same superiors. Apparently the breach of trust that was fireable in March is no longer a problem.
Issa cites analysis of FCIC Commissioner after nixing bias hearing
Darrell Issa's waded back in to the still-simmering debate over health care reform, again attacking last year's landmark health reforms that he's tried to repeal. But his argument comes from an analysis on the extreme edge of a wide range of public estimates, provided by a professional partisan who's involved in one of Issa's own investigations.
Darrell Issa (R-Goldman Sachs)
Washington Post condemns Darrell Issa’s “overreach on oversight”
But even with that concern, Darrell Issa has gone way too far for them. In an editorial yesterday, The Post editorial board called out Darrell Issa for overreach and risking the integrity of the ongoing case:
Issa hires Goldman VP to protect Wall Street on Capitol Hill
Darrell Issa has focused much of his reaction to this week's New York Times investigation by taking photos and shooting videos analyzing the view from his office window. A new report today from Lee Fang at ThinkProgress reveals that Issa hired a former Goldman Sachs VP, complete with name change, to run interference on the Hill for Wall Street. Which likely underscores just why Issa is so desperate to avoid any substance