Issa: Whole lotta probing will be going on

posted at 1:36 pm on November 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The GOP takeover of the House holds the nightmare scenario for Democrats of putting Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) in charge of the House Oversight Committee. Issa spent the last two years attempting to get subpoena power for a range of inquiries into activities in the Obama administration, including the firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin, and to get a much closer look at the Friends of Angelo program at Countrywide Mortgage that appeared to offer sweetheart loan packages to leading Democrats in position to help Angelo Mozilo with regulators and legislation. Issa told Chris Wallace that the latter scandal would be of particular interest to the committee in the next session, but that there will be plenty of other probes conducted as well:

This won’t stun anyone who’s paid attention to Issa’s efforts to get transparency from an administration with more czars than the Romanovs. However, Issa will have to make sure that his investigations don’t outpace the House GOP’s performance on issues, especially on the economy. If his probes produce blockbuster media coverage while economic policy and spending cuts stall in the House, voters could get the impression that the Republicans are more interested in gotcha efforts than in addressing jobs and economic growth — the same problem that Democrats created for themselves by spending months on a health-care bill few really wanted while jobs and the economy stagnated.

Issa needs to press forward, of course, but John Boehner needs to show that the GOP majority can multitask.


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That’s what she said!

lorien1973 on November 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Karma/justice. It stinnnnnnnngs.

hoosiermama on November 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I trust Issa not to screw this up. He’s been preparing for this a long time.

rockmom on November 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM

“Lean forward”

mojo on November 8, 2010 at 1:39 PM

If Issa does his job, 0bama will be doing a perp walk from the white house, along with the rest of his regime.

Rebar on November 8, 2010 at 1:39 PM

If his probes produce blockbuster media coverage while economic policy and spending cuts stall in the House, voters could get the impression that the Republicans are more interested in gotcha efforts than in addressing jobs and economic growth

I couldn’t disagree more. This is like saying that we’d better not build a fence on the southern border before passing amnesty or else we’d be seen as anti-immigrant.

Wine_N_Dine on November 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Most.Ethical.EVAH!!!!!! (We’ll see, won’t we!)

search4truth on November 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Issa knows whose ass to kick.

fossten on November 8, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Such a wealth of possibilities — I sure hope they don’t get cold feet.

erp on November 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Oversight – the Democrats’ worst enemy.

Good Lt on November 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

I hate this job. We probe them, wipe their brains, send them back…

unclesmrgol on November 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Charge ahead Darrel, just keep a low profile like Ed said.

darwin on November 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

CAn we PLEASE find out who wrote the Porkulus bill, the Obamacare bill, and take a good look at what George Soros has done and is doing?!

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

I’m sure an honest look at democrats could end up sending nearly all of them to jail. I’d love to see the corrupt bastard Dodd spend the rest of his years in a cell with some 350 lb guy named Bubba.

darwin on November 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

I’m with Ed on this one – if the GOP launches a number of high profile investigations while the US economy continues to sputter, it’s gonna look like the party is more interested in pursuing political vendettas than improving things for the country.

furytrader on November 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

CAn we PLEASE find out who wrote the Porkulus bill, the Obamacare bill, and take a good look at what George Soros has done and is doing?!

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

I’d like to see that as well.

darwin on November 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

If his probes produce blockbuster media coverage while economic policy and spending cuts stall in the House, voters could get the impression that the Republicans are more interested in gotcha efforts than in addressing jobs and economic growth

I don’t think there is much doubt what kind of media coverage it will get, no matter what the pace or the facts. As always, every bit of Democrat corruption will become a Republican scandal if the media can help it.

neuquenguy on November 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Two reasons to take the House … You get control of the cash, and the subpoena power. Bye by Czars …

tarpon on November 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

…and probe Freddie’s Fannie?

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Ok Barry, bend over and just try to relax :)

Zaggs on November 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

including the firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin, and to get a much closer look at the Friends of Angelo program at Countrywide Mortgage that appeared to offer sweetheart loan packages to leading Democrats in position to help Angelo Mozilo with regulators and legislation

I can’t wait to see this. I am so looking forward to some light shining on the entire Walpin scenario.

Ed, if the media and public finally get the message about Countrywide, then this is a win. I agree with Wine_N_Dine on November 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

INC on November 8, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Eric Holder is about to get his ‘conversation about race’.

And I don’t think he’s going to like it.

GarandFan on November 8, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Such a wealth of possibilities — I sure hope they don’t get cold feet.

erp on November 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

I don’t know, it’s a target rich environment.

loudmouth883 on November 8, 2010 at 1:51 PM

I’m with Ed on this one – if the GOP launches a number of high profile investigations while the US economy continues to sputter, it’s gonna look like the party is more interested in pursuing political vendettas than improving things for the country.

furytrader

I think even in the economic conditions that exist you can still do it as long as: 1) they are real investigations (nothing about using government resources for elections, etc) 2) relate it to the economy and spending(Porkulus) and 3) no vitriol, or very little.

Zaggs on November 8, 2010 at 1:52 PM

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Tomorrow night at 4 Central, Beck is doing an expose’ of Soros, with information nobody has brought out before.

kingsjester on November 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Does Issa believe there is corruption even outside the Congressional Black Caucus that the Rats have been persecuting? (<:

dhunter on November 8, 2010 at 1:58 PM

This should have been done years ago.

I am not holding my breath on what he finds as many of us alreay suspect how bad it is and could be worse concerning who is going to have what behind their name.

upinak on November 8, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Let’s start with something more timely…like Reid and his collusion with corporations and unions in winning election.
The ball in in Eric Holders court to see if he will proceed…which I doubt. So time to take a look at Holder.
So much fruit on the tree, choose a branch and pick a fruit.

right2bright on November 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Someone had better be checking out those voting machines in Nevada since all other Rats in the State lost big but miraculously Dingy Harry WON!

Its not how the votes are taken its how they are tallied, or how the machines are calibrated!

Every casino worker on the strip knows this to be true!

dhunter on November 8, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Tomorrow night at 4 Central, Beck is doing an expose’ of Soros, with information nobody has brought out before.

kingsjester on November 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM

DVR is ready and waiting…

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Brilliant strategy Obama has here. Create more un and extra-constitutional czars, policies, etc. than any prez in history, and then use the oppositions’ “obsession” with disclosing them to paint them as obstructionists. The dude’s a jedi, I tell ya.’ Or maybe just a fraud.

Issa makes me smile.

Sugar Land on November 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

A little time-capsule flashback:

Waxman Set to Probe Areas of Bush Gov’t
Nov 10, 2006 03:54 PM US/Eastern
By ERICA WERNER
Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Democratic congressman who will investigate the Bush administration’s running of the government says there are so many areas of possible wrongdoing, his biggest problem will be deciding which ones to pursue.

There’s the response to Hurricane Katrina, government contracting in Iraq and on homeland security, political interference in regulatory decisions by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and allegations of war profiteering, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., told the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m going to have an interesting time because the Government Reform Committee has jurisdiction over everything,” Waxman said Friday, three days after his party’s capture of Congress put him in line to chair the panel. “The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose.”

Waxman complained that Republicans, while in power, shut Democrats out of decision-making and abdicated oversight responsibilities, focusing only on maintaining their own power.

In contrast to the many investigations the GOP launched of the Clinton administration, “when Bush came into power there wasn’t a scandal too big for them to ignore,” Waxman said.

Among the issues that should have been investigated but weren’t, Waxman contended, were the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, the controversy over the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name, and the pre-Iraq war use of intelligence.

He said Congress must restore accountability and function as an independent branch of government. “It’s our obligation not to be repeating with the Republicans have done,” Waxman said.

jamie gumm on November 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Bring back Waterboarding…

right2bright on November 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Let’s start with something more timely…like Reid and his collusion with corporations and unions in winning election.
The ball in in Eric Holders court to see if he will proceed…which I doubt. So time to take a look at Holder.
So much fruit on the tree, choose a branch and pick a fruit.

right2bright on November 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Isaa told Chris Wallace yesterday that that is really the job of the Justice Dept, so he would be concentrating his efforts elsewhere for now.

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Wake me when he mentions 0bama’s borrowed Social Security number. The SS registry shows it belonging to a dead guy who lived in Connecticut.

Yephora on November 8, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I hate this job. We probe them, wipe their brains, send them back…

unclesmrgol on November 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

…and all we really learned is that about 1 in ten don’t really seem to mind…

mojo on November 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM

..four words, two names:

Ken Starr and Bill Clinton.

The War Planner on November 8, 2010 at 2:09 PM

ISSA to be Palinized by the Lapdance Media in 5…..4…..3…..

BREAKING NEWS….ISSAs’ former college roommate claims that Issa was into “Hate Speech” and asked him to join in with a College group that listened to Right Wing extreme radio in the 1980′s.

According to friend of Issa the group would meet to plot what stations to listen to and discuss the hate speech at length. Issa is believed to have listened to what he’s called “Conservative” talkers in the past. The former college roommate (now a member of Moveon.org) disputes the innocence of the talk radio programs.

PappyD61 on November 8, 2010 at 2:10 PM

What Issa said about going after the “staffers” is significant.

Also, for those who want to know who wrote ObamaCare, you need to watch Beck. I think their name is the Apollo Alliance, one of the directors is Bill Ayers brother.

barnone on November 8, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Whole lotta probing will be going on

That sounds dirty!

Blake on November 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Issa will have to make sure that his investigations don’t outpace the House GOP’s performance on issues, especially on the economy.

That’s as mediocre and establishment apologist as it gets, no surprise coming from Ed. “Don’t outshine the slackers.”

Some time ago this past year, Bill Krystal wrote an essay arguing that punishing corruption in Congress is wrong. I didn’t accept Krystal’s rationalization, either; particularly since he would be arguing to protect his own power and interests within the Republican establishment. Take Paulson, for instance. If anyone were really interested in getting the big fraud fish, it would be going after Paulson for his mortgage hidden bankruptcy globla investment fraud trading that put the world’s economy into the dumps.

Ed Morrissey has taken it upon himself to tell Issa not to do his job to the best of his ability, because Issa is well organized and Boehner, despite the past four years, is undecided on exactly what he means to accomplish, let alone how he means to accomplish what he hasn’t yet decided whether or not to do.

maverick muse on November 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM

jamie gumm on November 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Was Waxman challenged for his seat this go-round? I am not finding evidence that he was…what a shame…

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Tomorrow night at 4 Central, Beck is doing an expose’ of Soros, with information nobody has brought out before.

kingsjester on November 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Nobody, I mean NOBODY, calls my grandma in Florida between 5&6pm. I think it’s hilarious. And she just loves Marco. Not your, er, typical white grandmother. Or maybe she is…

hoosiermama on November 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM

What Issa said about going after the “staffers” is significant.

Also, for those who want to know who wrote ObamaCare, you need to watch Beck. I think their name is the Apollo Alliance, one of the directors is Bill Ayers brother.

barnone on November 8, 2010 at 2:12 PM

I watch, but it needs to be exposed and entered into the Congressional record. Too many people don’t take Beck seriously, and the MFM works against him.

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Tomorrow night at 4 Central, Beck is doing an expose’ of Soros, with information nobody has brought out before.

kingsjester on November 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM

I’m concerned about Beck’s safety, you can’t go after the progressives’ favorite Nazi stooge and not expect some blowback.

I would like to see Uncle Georgy in the House docket though.

slickwillie2001 on November 8, 2010 at 2:21 PM

I just want to know what pivan said that obama had done “under the table” and what he told stewart he had done that no one knows, because it’s under the table. Let’s clear the fog away and find out what the baffoon in chief has done “under the table.

Bambi on November 8, 2010 at 2:22 PM

PappyD61 on November 8, 2010 at 2:10 PM

That would be Rush Ditto talk radio.

However, Rush’s career hasn’t been promoting conservatism (coming to his awakening just this year, still being divided in mind). Rush has been carrying the Republican water all these years, including Bush’s big government “remaking of the Republican Party” water.

As per “hate speech”, that term applies to Potus Obama labeling law abiding taxpayer US citizens who believe in Constitutional Governance as ‘ENEMIES’.

Hate Speech also applied to Bush calling conservatives during his administration ‘VIGILANTES that we need to stop” for being concerned enough about the massive influx of illegal aliens flooding into America to respond responsibly by volunteering real-time information of illegal border crossings to the Border Patrol.

maverick muse on November 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM

I want show trials 24/7 and heads on pikes!

Queen0fCups on November 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Issa: Whole lotta probing will be going on

May I suggest using a different choice of words when referring to the investigation into Barney Frank?

As soon as he hears he’s going to be “probed” he might just get excited. I really don’t need to see that.

UltimateBob on November 8, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I think that on day 1 of the new congress, Ron Paul should be allowed to ask for unanimous consent to AUDIT THE FEDERAL RESERVE!

Most all of these other investigations will pale in comparison!

Freddy on November 8, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Issa also indicated that most of the activity would be behind closed doors.
This is probably the scarier scenario, since only what’s ready for prime time will go public, quashing the hopes of Dems that he will overextend the Repubs.

J_Crater on November 8, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Glenn Beck on Soros? The Center for American Progress and Climate Progress are fundind by him among others. We’ll see a lot of panic.
Soros wasted millions on the last election. His enemy the Koch bros say the republican victories surge.

seven on November 8, 2010 at 2:40 PM

They need to look at Fanny and Freddy, too.

trigon on November 8, 2010 at 2:41 PM

walk, chew gum, it can be done…

tommylotto on November 8, 2010 at 2:43 PM

I want to know about fishy.gov; who knew what/when? Also want a hearing on the NEA promoting the Obama admin healthcare adgenda using taxpayer money. Government is supposed to be kept seperate from the political and WH staffers should be held accountable for abusing the public funds/trust in such a heavy-handed manor.

Let’s get ready to rummmmmmmmmmmble!

TN Mom on November 8, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Let’s begin at the top…

Look at Obama’s college records for copy of birth certificate, religion, foreign student status etc.

Once he is gone, the rest will be a cakewalk!

txdoc on November 8, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Isaa told Chris Wallace yesterday that that is really the job of the Justice Dept, so he would be concentrating his efforts elsewhere for now.

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Like, hopefully, investigating the Justice Dept.

James on November 8, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I’m kind of hoping this is low key enough to pass as mood music for the real action.

Count to 10 on November 8, 2010 at 2:47 PM

CBC hardest hit.

SuperCool on November 8, 2010 at 2:48 PM

CAn we PLEASE find out who wrote the Porkulus bill, the Obamacare bill, and take a good look at what George Soros has done and is doing?!

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

According to Beck, who talked about this, investigated this, and found a lot of answers back in 2009 when NO ONE was listening, The Tides Foundation was one of the financial backers of the Apollo Alliance. Therese Heinz Kerry’s foundation and George Soros funded this Apollo effort.

To top it off, this document was written by someone in PRISON and was written well before Obama was elected. They just pulled it out of a drawer, put some legislative language in it, and voila, a 787 BILLION dollar slush fund was created.

Another thing that needs to be investigated is where did the TARP money go that was paid back? I think Obama has been using that as a slush fund, too.

Also, everyone here at HotAir needs to find the beck archive for his Friday show. He showed us what can happen in 15 days with this monetizing the debt. I think someone archives his show on a website via youtube segments. Google it, this needs to be viewed by everyone.

karenhasfreedom on November 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

..four words, two names:

Ken Starr and Bill Clinton.

The War Planner on November 8, 2010 at 2:09 PM

You forgot three other very important other words.

900 FBI Files.

Del Dolemonte on November 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM

The list is so long, Issa will be in a nursing home by the time he gets to the end of it. Probing will become a full time job for a new govt agency.

Kissmygrits on November 8, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Issa, Issa baby.

Drop the hammer on them Darrell.

dthorny on November 8, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Barney say he can’t wait to be probed…”Bring it on” was Barney’s retort, “I am ready and willing, I want them to understand that even if they won’t face me head on, they can always come in through the back door”.

right2bright on November 8, 2010 at 3:29 PM

…and probe Freddie’s Fannie?

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Ok Barry, bend over and just try to relax :)

Zaggs on November 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

AHHHHH! “Coffee cleanup in dominigan’s cube!”

Brain bleach, brain bleach…

dominigan on November 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM

that that is really the job of the Justice Dept, so he would be concentrating his efforts elsewhere for now.

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Not if the justice department doesn’t act…then the House has to step in.
I think what he was saying is that he is giving the justice department some time to act…otherwise, Holder will be subpoenaed as to why he is not taking any action on these charges.

right2bright on November 8, 2010 at 3:32 PM

too bad democraps had 6 years to cover up their tracks. But at least they wont be able to make new ones.

anikol on November 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM

If his probes produce blockbuster media coverage while economic policy and spending cuts stall in the House, voters could get the impression that the Republicans are more interested in gotcha efforts than in addressing jobs and economic growth

So saith Nancy Pelosi.

Luka on November 8, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Issa’s been looking for a place to shine ever since he financed the recall campaign against CA Gov Gray Davis (and abortively ran for that office). His own self-interest should be enough to overcome his minor flip-flopping on the Inquisition and get the job done.

rayra on November 8, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Charge ahead Darrel, just keep a low profile like Ed said.

darwin on November 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Follow Issa or get the Hell out of his way.

Luka on November 8, 2010 at 3:40 PM

that that is really the job of the Justice Dept, so he would be concentrating his efforts elsewhere for now.

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Not if the justice department doesn’t act…then the House has to step in.
I think what he was saying is that he is giving the justice department some time to act…otherwise, Holder will be subpoenaed as to why he is not taking any action on these charges.

right2bright on November 8, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Yes, that was the implication I got from it. But the New Black Panther voter intimidation case is already being exposed by the whistleblower J Christian Anderson (?) and I believe the JD IG, so we can see where that goes. Issa has bigger fish to fry, and he can always come back to it if the conclusions are unsatisfactory.

ornery_independent on November 8, 2010 at 3:42 PM

If there is any truth to this article, there will be plenty to investigate for years to come;

http://www.opinion-maker.org/2010/11/white-house-obama-conducting-reign-of-terror/

Done That on November 8, 2010 at 3:44 PM

I really liked how Issa did not attack O personally but his administration. Gives me hope that the GOP knows we want fiscal responsibility, not another freaking impeachment circus.

If he can keep his head, he will gain much in stature with his investigations.

PattyJ on November 8, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Phooey on your Congressional probes. I want deep-freezer expeditions, witch hunts, show trials, mugshots. I want the Dems in Jail network on DirectTV. We need to stop mincing words, prosecute the crimes against America, and bring the hammer down on these corrupt bastards.

Upgrade your memory cards, lock in your bandwidth. Ladies and Gentlemen: This is the eve of the golden age of political comedy. Finally Ed and AP will put in a full day’s work. In fact, there won’t be enough time in the day to digest the meltdowns at MSNBC and NPR. Bring on the studio crash carts.

HelenW on November 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM

How about going after Bernanke for perjuring himself after stating “the Federal Reserve will not monetize the [federal] debt” and now announcing they will do that exact thing.

It would also be interesting to inquire of Bernanke if he understands the penalty for debasing our currency

dominigan on November 8, 2010 at 3:55 PM

For all the commenters who have suggested Mr. Issa do an investigation of specific topics, if you go to his webpage, click on the “contact me section” it brings up his facebook and twitter pages. He or his staff will return inquiries if you post them there. I know cause they answered mine the other day, same day I submitted one on his facebook page. http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1

nwsseeker on November 8, 2010 at 3:56 PM

“Lean forward”

mojo on November 8, 2010 at 1:39 PM

More like “bend over.”

College Prof on November 8, 2010 at 4:50 PM

It would be idiotic to start picking through everything now. It would backfire.

How about going after Bernanke for perjuring himself after stating “the Federal Reserve will not monetize the [federal] debt” and now announcing they will do that exact thing.

It would also be interesting to inquire of Bernanke if he understands the penalty for debasing our currency…

dominigan on November 8, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Sure go after the Republicans at the Republican led Fed.

lexhamfox on November 8, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Re -Obamacare written in prison by Robert Creamer: Why Doesn’t Everyone Know Jan Schakowsky’s Husband Wrote ObamaCare in Jail?

slickwillie2001 on November 8, 2010 at 6:40 PM

BREAKING NEWS….ISSAs’ former college roommate claims that Issa was into “Hate Speech” and asked him to join in with a College group that listened to Right Wing extreme radio in the 1980′s.
PappyD61 on November 8, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Debunked….ISSA graduated collage 1976. He was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army, serving as a tank platoon leader and a computer research and development specialist, among other command roles.

He left the Army in 1980 with the rank of captain.

Not only was he not in College during the 80′s he was a thousand miles away from Kent State University.

PappyD61 where did you get this story?

DSchoen on November 8, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Ahhh, such a target rich environment. Only tough question is where to start?

chickasaw42 on November 8, 2010 at 8:05 PM