The Hill: Oversight chairman raises constitutional questions on GOP debt-limit plan

-By Erik Wasson

January 18, 2013- House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has questioned whether the GOP plan to raise the debt ceiling violates the Constitution.

The GOP plans to pass a three-month debt-ceiling increase next week. It wants to add a “No Budget, No Pay” bill to it requiring congressional pay to be “withheld” unless the House and Senate approve budget resolutions by April 15. The GOP is hoping to force the Senate to pass a budget for the first time in nearly four years. 

Issa notes in a statement provided to The Hill that the 27th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits Congress from varying its own pay.

The amendment was designed to prevent Congress from raising its own pay before an election has happened.

RAW Story: Durbin: Issa endangered Libyans with document dump to get ‘toehold’ for Romney

-By David Edwards

October 21, 2012- Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Sunday ripped House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa (R-IL) for exposing the identities of Libyans who were working with the U.S. government in an effort to politicize the recent deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and get a foreign policy “toehold” for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

During an interview on Fox News on Sunday, host Chris Wallace repeatedly ignored Durbin’s efforts to point out that Issa had dumped 166 pages of sensitive State Department documents without redacting the names of Libyan civilians.

MSNBC: GOP blows secrets and risks lives in document dump ahead of debate

October 19, 2012- Libyans who have been secretly helping the U.S. have had their identities exposed by documents released Friday by House Oversight Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, a senior administration official confirmed to NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell.

Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog broke the story following Rep. Darrell Issa’s release of State Department communications, part of his effort to demand answers on security failures related to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi:

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government and placed their lives in danger when he released reams of State Department communications Friday.

An indignant letter Issa and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent to President Obama accompanied the 166 pages:

Politico: Staffer charity picks benefit from Issa's wealth

-By John Breshnahan & Jake Sherman

October 13, 2012- A charitable group founded by California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the richest members of Congress, has given tens of thousands of dollars to other organizations on behalf of his congressional staff and his own House committee, according to public records.

These donations do not appear to violate ethics or tax rules, several legal experts said, but they are the clearest example to date of Issa intermingling his vast personal riches with his congressional duties, a practice that has caused public relations and ethics problems for the controversial California Republican.

Here’s how it works: Staffers pitch Issa each holiday season, suggesting a charity worthy of a donation from the Issa Family Foundation. Issa then decides who gets a check, and the staffer is “recognized for their recommendation to the charity that receives the contribution,” said Frederick Hill, an Issa spokesman. The aides do not get a tax write-off or any other benefit, the office says.

Christian Science Monitor: Libya attack: Congressmen casting blame voted to cut diplomatic security budget

Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Darrell Issa claim the Benghazi consulate sought more security before the deadly attack. They also both voted to cut the State Department's embassy security budget.

-By Dan Murphy

October 5, 2012- Who's to blame for the Sept. 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi?

If you believe Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz, the answer is the State Department. He complained in an interview with The Daily Beast yesterday that US guards were replaced with Libyan nationals in the months before the attack.

"The fully trained Americans who can deal with a volatile situation were reduced in the six months leading up to the attacks," he told the website. "When you combine that with the lack of commitment to fortifying the physical facilities, you see a pattern.”

Christian Science Monitor: Lax security at Libya and other US diplomatic missions in the past?

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has begun an investigation to determine whether the US diplomatic mission in Libya suffered from a lack of security. Reports on previous attacks on US embassies show that lax security has been a criticism in the past.

-By Matthew Lee (Associated Press)

October 3, 2012- Past investigations into attacks on US diplomatic missions have blamed both the administration and Congress for failing to spend enough money to ensure that the overseas facilities were safe despite a clear rise in terror threats to American interests abroad.

Think Progress: Issa Vows To Continue Anti-Holder Witchhunt Despite Report Exonerating The Attorney General

-By Ian Millhiser

September 21, 2012- For nearly two years, House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) has tried to exploit the tragedy of a series of botched gun stings that led to a federal law enforcement agent’s death in order to score political points against Attorney General Eric Holder. The gun stings that are the focus of Issa’s witchhunt against Holder began when George W. Bush was president and Holder was an attorney in private practice. Nevertheless, Issa eventually forced the House Republican leadership to hold a contempt of Congress vote against Holder, although the leaders buried that vote on the same day that the Affordable Care Act was upheld in a likely attempt to prevent Issa’s witchhunt from receiving much media coverage.