Skip to comments.Watchdog Group Files Complaints Against Issa Over Wiretap Leaks
Posted on 07/11/2012 11:24:02 AM PDT by kristinn
An ethics watchdog group filed complaints against Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) with the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Justice Department on Wednesday for revealing details of federally sealed wiretap applications.
In the two complaints filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the group claims that Issa violated federal law by including material from a sealed wiretap application in the Congressional Record.
As part of Issas successful move to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for allegedly not responding to a congressional subpoena, the powerful chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee entered sensitive information contained within a series of wiretap applications into the Congress's official record book.
However, Issa may be protected from what otherwise would be a criminal offense under Congresss speech and debate clause because the remarks were written into the public record during chamber proceedings.
The head of CREW said Issas actions were worthy of Congress bringing forward a separate contempt measure against the lawmaker.
It is ironic that by revealing the warrant application to further his effort to have Attorney General Eric Holder held in contempt, Rep. Issa was willing to flirt with his own potential contempt charge, said Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW, in a statement accompanying the complaints.
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Too bad for them, it’s perfectly legal.
To call CREW a “watchdog group” is a stretch. They are a left wing attack machine.
disclose millions of classified documents to the world... and you’ll be celebrated as a hero
post the contents of a wiretap on some democrats and you’ll be attacked as a traitor (stopping just short of pitch forks and torches)
Issa should tell them to get stuffed
A response to the finding of Contempt that is to be expected from the children of the Left. Pardon my yawn.
Indeed - it’s a Soros backed group...one that held a great deal of credibility with a handful of people around here dedicated to bashing Rick Santorum during the primaries because they called him “corrupt.”
Soros to the rescue!!!!! Check out where the funding for CREW comes from:
Correct. They are a watchdog group for the corrupt left. They try to make sure that the left gets away with it.
CREW is ULTRA LEFT WING....screw them.
“...Issa should tell them to get stuffed...”
Up the Obamaloon’s stinky, smelly Obama.
CREW is a criminal enterprise. Investigate them.
Calling crew an ethics group is like calling obamatax the affordable patient care act.
“However, Issa may be protected from what otherwise would be a criminal offense under Congresss speech and debate clause because the remarks were written into the public record during chamber proceedings.”
That’s the key here. Issa’s no dummy, he knew that by putting in the Congressional Record he was protected from issues like this.