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The Press-Enterprise: CONGRESS: Issa given dishonorable mention on group’s “corrupt” lawmaker list


-By Ben Gold

September 14, 2012- Inland GOP congressman Darrell Issa landed this week on a an annual list of the most corrupt members in Congress, a distinction that his spokesman cast aside as a partisan attack from the left.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington singled out the House Oversight Committee chairman for conduct during debate over his push to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress earlier this year.

Issa, who represents portions of southwestern Riverside County, launched the proceedings after Holder declined to release documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, a botched federal operation that involved the sale of guns, many of which wound up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

According to CREW, Rep. Issa illegally disclosed information from a sealed wiretap during the debate when he entered certain information about Fast and Furious into the Congressional Record.

“Disclosing material from a sealed wiretap application without a judge’s permission violates federal law,” the group wrote in its report. “Rep. Issa knew that he could shield himself from prosecution by including the information in the Congressional Record, which would be protected under the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause.

Issa, R-Vista, was not included among CREW’s top tier of corrupt members, but rather was given a “dishonorable mention.”

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