Darrell Issa’s Crushing Defeat: Investigators Find Obama Adviser Didn’t Violate Law

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Rep. Darrell Issa suffered a crushing defeat in his crusade to bring down President Obama when investigators concluded that top Obama aide David Simas did not violate the law by using taxpayer dollars for political activities.

Bloomberg reported, “A special investigator’s office says it has found no evidence that David Simas, a top political aide to the president, violated a law that prohibits federal workers from engaging in partisan political activities. The White House Office of Political Outreach and Strategy “appears to be operating in a manner that is consistent with the Hatch Act,” said Carolyn Lerner, a lawyer at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, whose job is to enforce that law and protect whistle-blowers.”

A little thing like lack of evidence didn’t stop Issa and the Republicans on his committee who voted 19-14 to reject the White House claim of immunity for Simas.

The investigator’s findings are a death blow to Darrell Issa’s claim that two members of the president’s cabinet violated the Hatch Act by using taxpayer dollars for partisan political activities. Yesterday, Rep. Issa wrote a letter to the White House that claimed, “With the 2014 campaign season underway, there are already reports that raise questions as to whether, on Mr. Simas’s watch, the White House is using taxpayer dollars for political activities. For example, the President’s June 26-27 trip to Minnesota consisted of a previously scheduled Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser. Official activities were subsequently tacked onto the itinerary, ensuring that the President’s travel to the fundraiser was, at least partially, undertaken at taxpayer expense. Two weeks ago, the President traveled to Colorado on a fundraising trip in support of a Democratic Senator reportedly facing a close reelection race. The White House added an official event, and again, the taxpayers picked up part of the tab. Mr. Simas can answer, among other things, how OPSO ensures that events such as these and others are Hatch Act-compliant.”

The great irony is that Issa is accusing Obama of doing what George W. Bush did as president. In 2004, CNN reported, “On June 16, 2004, CNN reported, “President Bush is using Air Force One for re-election travel more heavily than any predecessor, wringing maximum political mileage from a perk of office paid for by taxpayers. While John Kerry digs into his campaign bank account to charter a plane to roam the country, Bush often travels at no cost to his campaign simply by declaring a trip ‘official’ travel rather than ‘political.’ Even when the White House deems a trip as political, the cost to Bush’s campaign is minimal. In such instances, the campaign must only pay the government the equivalent of a comparable first-class fare for passengers. It’s a minuscule sum, compared to the $56,800-per-hour it costs to run Air Force One.”

It was fine when George W. Bush used Air Force One to attend fundraisers in 2004. It was equally okay when Ronald Reagan did the same thing in 1984, but it was a crime when Democratic President Barack Obama did it in 2014. Issa’s accusations are typical of the Obama rules that Republicans have devised that only apply to this president.

The Obama administration refused to make Simas available to testify because Issa had no evidence of wrongdoing. The result of their refusal to take part in Issa latest show hearing was that the California Republican was left practically begging the White House to let Simas testify.

Now that an independent investigation has revealed that there is Simas did nothing wrong, Issa’s latest attempt to whip up a new Obama scandal has been crushed. This news couldn’t have come at a worst time for Rep. Issa as his star has sunk to a new low. Ever since Speaker Boehner took the Benghazi investigation away from him, Issa has been desperately trying to gin up a new scandal to get himself back in the spotlight.

Darrell Issa’s political fame is based on his abuse of his investigative powers as the chairman of the House Oversight Committee. Just like Sen. Joe McCarthy, Issa has gone too far and he is in the process of fading away.

35 Replies to “Darrell Issa’s Crushing Defeat: Investigators Find Obama Adviser Didn’t Violate Law”

  1. The only good thing about this farce is some of our long time republican friends who post on here has seen the light and no longer commenting on this clown show

  2. If only they, Republicans, could learn from their mistakes. If only they had the sensibility to be quiet and move on when they’re proven incorrect. Sigh.

  3. I’m embarrassed to say this “king of the asshole republicans” is from my beautiful state. Vote BLUE

  4. It’s time for Issa and Republicans reimburse the country for the government funds wasted on witch hunt investigations. Issa examplfies the do nothing Republican House members.

  5. The do-nothing hypocrites must go! please vote & encourage friends & relatives that this garbage needs disposal for the good and while they have their campaign slogan(trigger the vote)encouraging young folk that guns are cool,we need to just say,dump the tgop! Bang!Bang!

  6. Now if only his safe district voters in Calif. will defeat his next election in Nov.

    I know it is difficult to expect brain dead constituents to use their brains, but we can only HOPE for a miracle.

  7. Download the Greenhouse app!!!!!!!

    when you hover over a politician’s name, it tells you who’s funding them!!!!!!!

    Justice!

  8. You know he will try or get Cruz to try to say, on fox of course, that this Lerner lady is directly related to Lois Lerner.Therefore she didn’t want to find anything. I would bet money nearly because they know once it is out in the airwaves, their base is to freaking ignorant to look at google or any fact check site.

  9. we have to get these kkklowns out of office! somebody needs to tella issa the salem witch hunt ended about 500 years ago!

    what happened to the gop being the party of fiscal responsibility? I wish I could sue congress. this waste of taxpayer $$$ in hope of finding a scandal to bring down the president is absurd!

  10. Issa must be pulling his hair out at night. Saying: Aaaaargh! What am I doing wrong?!! I am trying to get something on Obama, but NOTHING sticks, NOTHING seems to go my way !!!! Waaaah!
    Yes, NOTHING will go right for you ISSA, because you got NOTHING! Why are you chairing that committee? You are a waste of time. A Farce, phony and inept. Get lost. Give up. Go do something else. Find A Bush scandal to bring forward, then you might be relevant. As of now you have gotten NOTHING. Failure!

  11. I’m glad there was a finding of no wrongdoing. But I’m not upset about the investigation.

    Any workings of this administration should be up for examination. If found guilty. So be it. If found not guilty…again, so be it.

  12. The “investigation” should never have happened because there was no evidence to warrant the waste of taxpayer’s money and time when much bigger things need to be done.

    I know you don’t get it, but if you start an investigation it should be because you have evidence that something may be wrong, not just because you hope to find something wrong.

  13. I just want to know who is voting for this idiot in California?I thought Cali. was more intelligent than that.

  14. I would say he belongs in jail for car theft, arson and insurance fraud but that too would be a total waste of taxpayer money unless……

  15. Issa’s finished, done. He’s been at this nonsense for years now and has zero to show for it. Even the idiots in the GOP can see they need to sack him and his committee.

  16. California 49th – Get the cheating, lying, and corrupt ISSA out of our government.
    2014 Fire Issa – Hire Dave Peiser Please Like https://www.facebook.com/PeiserForCongress
    Impeach Issa: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/512/791/931/impeach-/
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  17. How can a professional grown man be so ignorant and still become one of the most powerful political leaders in the most powerful nation on earth?

    (Trick question… Issa is not ignorant. He fears democracy and is scared sh*tless of the “ignorant” power of us people citizens. He creates this wonderful theater of the absurd as acts of Misdirection to weaken the government and steal the authority of the governed.)

  18. Damage control on aisle 1
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) conceded Friday that, despite his weeks-long effort to subpoena White House political adviser David Simas to testify before his committee, there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Simas’ office.
    Issa said during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which he chairs, that he’s not demanding that Simas testify because he thinks the White House Office of Political Affairs has inappropriately engaged in political campaign activities. Rather, Issa said, it’s the potential for that office to overstep the line in the future that he wants to examine.

    “We are accusing neither the president nor this four-person office of any wrongdoing,” Issa said, adding, “I allege no wrongdoing.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/25/darrell-issa-subpoenas_n_5620729.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

  19. Why do the CA republicans keep voting for this idiot? I believe it is because they are so lazy they ignore what is going on with Issa’s investigations and just check the box based on party affiliation – not merit.

    If anyone has followed this idiot’s investigative hearings, he refuses to allow testimony of anyone who could prove his fishing expedition as unwarranted and baseless.

    Hopefully, the CA republican voters will pay attention come November and boot Issa’s rear out of office. CA deserves so much better than this felonious fool.

  20. The article did not say the name of the special investigative office, if it was appointed by the White House, etc. Does anybody know? What special investigative office? Usually they will say something like appointed by the DOJ, etc.

  21. WTH?!? Issa subpoenaed him because he MIGHT do something wrong in the future?!? :O Does he even know what a subpoena is? This is beyond ridiculous and really quite pathetic.

  22. Of course he’ll cry. But this has become the NEW way Republicans are getting away with utilizing taxpayer funds for political gain…investigations into accusations and lawsuits. WE pay for them, so they throw as many as they can at the wall, hoping one will eventually “stick.” Its exactly the same as betting at the casino knowing someone else will pick up the tab when you lose, but you get to pocket the win.

    No…now…of course…Republicans think it’s “shameful” for Obama to do what their past candidates have all done.

  23. No Daren, He truly will go to his little bag of evil tricks, pull out a new one and hope this one works. After all, Pres. Obama has a couple of more years to go..rethugs have said from day one, the object was destruction of this man and his Presidency.

  24. Woody, give me a good reason why you said, “Any working of this administration should be up for investigation” why not (ALL) instead of just this one?

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