Yesterday, I posted about a Washington Post story that showed how big government lobbies for its own expansion. Taxpayer money is used to fund campaigns that call for more taxes.
Right after that piece was published, I found this story in the National Journal, “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.
Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on Issa’s committee, is accusing Issa of an “abuse” of power. He claims Issa is compensating for the fact that John Boehner took away the Benhgazi investigation.
But Cummings is not a credible witness. His job is to provide cover for the President. Issa will probably ignore him and continue. If he does so, and pursues a subpoena, it will mean the conflict has escalated to a new level.
If forced to attend the hearing, Simas would represent one of the highest-ranking Obama officials that Issa has compelled to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Does Issa mean business? Will this investigation go anywhere? Will Barack Obama assert executive privilege?
I would love to see Issa truly follow this case. I pray he has tenacity and success.