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    Darrell Issa Subpoenas Top Obama Political Aide

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said Friday he was subpoenaing a top administration official, David Simas, the director of the White House's Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, and demanding that he testify next week.Issa, who has been one of the Obama administration's fiercest critics in Congress, has pressed the White House for more information about the political office that Simas runs since it was reopened earlier this year.
    In a March letter to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Issa wrote that the decision to reopen the political office "heightens concerns about the illegal use of taxpayer funds to support congressional campaigns during the 2014 midterm elections."Apparently, Issa has been unsatisfied with the Obama administration's responses to his repeated inquiries for documents and more information. In a letter to Neil Eggleston, counsel to the president, dated Friday, Issa stated he was holding a hearing next week and wrote, "I am left with no alternative but to use compulsory process to require Mr. Simas to appear." The hearing is scheduled for July 16.


    Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the oversight panel, wrote a letter to Issa Friday urging him not to subpoena Simas, calling it "an abuse of authority" as there has been "no evidence of any wrongdoing relating to this official or the office he directs." Cummings accused Issa of going on a "subpoena binge," noting Issa has issued more subpoenas than the three previous oversight committee chairmen combined "in less than half the time."

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    Issa left some wiggle room, writing to Eggleston that if a briefing for the committee by White House officials leaves "no outstanding questions for Mr. Simas, I will reconsider whether it is necessary for him to appear."

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    Putting aside for the moment the corrupt nature of Cummings on this committee, and his transparent attempt to run blocker for Obama at every turn, just what the hell is an "Office of Political Strategy, and Outreach" anyway?

    I thought that campaigning, and campaign activities were prohibited from being run out of the WH?
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    Re: Darrell Issa Subpoenas Top Obama Political Aide

    I liked Cummings, he seemed like a genuine person until I found out he likes to use the IRS for his political gain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalGun View Post
    I liked Cummings, he seemed like a genuine person until I found out he likes to use the IRS for his political gain.
    As a former resident of Maryland for 20 years, I never really trusted Cummings totally, him being a 'Progressive' and all, but he is really showing his true colors now...
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    Re: Darrell Issa Subpoenas Top Obama Political Aide

    popcorn gif or munch.gif
    another issa trainwreck coming up
    sit back and enjoy
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
    once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

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    Re: Darrell Issa Subpoenas Top Obama Political Aide

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    popcorn gif or munch.gif
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    sit back and enjoy
    So, any oversight to you is just unwarranted eh?

    Would you be so dismissive if it were a republican in the WH?
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    Re: Darrell Issa Subpoenas Top Obama Political Aide

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    So, any oversight to you is just unwarranted eh?

    Would you be so dismissive if it were a republican in the WH?
    issa has been consistent
    he has yet to reveal a true scandal
    past is prelude; so i expect little to emerge from this upcoming effort
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
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    Re: Darrell Issa Subpoenas Top Obama Political Aide

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    issa has been consistent
    he has yet to reveal a true scandal
    past is prelude; so i expect little to emerge from this upcoming effort
    I repeat:

    Would you be so dismissive if it were a republican in the WH?
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    Re: Darrell Issa Subpoenas Top Obama Political Aide

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    So, any oversight to you is just unwarranted eh?

    Would you be so dismissive if it were a republican in the WH?
    There is a difference in oversight and continuous investigation.

    Is there anything unlawful about the President recieving, managing and fulliling campaining requests? With mid-terms approaching requests will increase.
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    There well could be. However it would require an investigation to find out. Why is it wrong to investigate?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1750Texan View Post
    There is a difference in oversight and continuous investigation.

    Is there anything unlawful about the President recieving, managing and fulliling campaining requests?

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    Re: Darrell Issa Subpoenas Top Obama Political Aide

    Quote Originally Posted by CalGun View Post
    I liked Cummings, he seemed like a genuine person until I found out he likes to use the IRS for his political gain.
    We know why Cummings had his hissy fit that day at the hearing.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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