Issa: 'I will be able to take on everybody'
Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, doesn't mince words in a new National Review interview, promising to take full advantage of his Congressional subpoena power if the GOP wins a House majority in November.
“Cabinet officers, assistant secretaries, directors -- I will be able to take on everybody that the president hires and relies upon; the people who tell him that everything is fine,” Issa tells the magazine.
The committee's current chairman, Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), has been criticized for a laid back approach to oversight, partly because he's a member of President Obama's party.
And as a loud, active member of the minority, "I try to create public awareness about my questions so that I can try to get at least partial answers," Issa says. "Without press coverage, however, it is hard to get heat onto members." If Republicans win the majority, “We would never go looking for a scandal — they come to us. Typically, it is not the crime but the cover-up. The scandal comes when administration officials try to circumvent, not report, or distort what is happening.”
Notably, Issa also seems to put career federal workers on notice -- often the best sources for the early signs of a cover up:
He says he hopes to build a team with a “healthy lack of respect, if you will, for bureaucrats. . . . I want them to assume that bureaucrats will always paint a rosy picture and to dig deep. . . . I’d look for the kind of people — talented attorneys and other investigators — who have the skills to do the research and find the failures in government.”
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| August 19, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
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