Saturday, January 8, 2011

Oversight Chair Issa Calls Administration "Corrupt"

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), new Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Committee, pronounced the Obama administration "one of the most corrupt" prior to any investigation. Issa then engaged in a torturous redefinition of "corrupt":

John King, CNN: But you have called them corrupt, sir. You just twice used the word "misused." That's a judgement on your part and you will have subpoena power, you can have hearings, you can call up the witnesses and we will see what the evidence shows in the weeks and months ahead. Was it wrong to use the word "corrupt," which you have used repeatedly when you have not yet had a hearing?

Rep. Issa: I think people misunderstand the meaning of the word corrupt, and obviously CNN does. Corrupt, or corrupted, or failure. It's no different than a disk drive that's giving you some bits that are wrong. I've never said it's illegal, I've never made any of the statements that are often said on CNN, uh, that imply wrongdoing of the President at a criminal level. (h/t Daily Kos)

Meanwhile, Politico reports that Issa asked big business to help him root out "corruption": "Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants the oil industry, drug manufacturers and other trade groups and companies to tell him which Obama administration regulations to target this year."

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