Top Democrats rip Darrell Issa after his document dump endangered Libyans working with U.S., damaged U.S. efforts


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This post is dedicated to Romnesiac Rupert Murdoch who tweeted:

 No, Rupie, it is you who is hated, despised, and a joke. Stop projecting.

I tweeted back, "That's a lie. Nobody "apologized", but GOP should... starting with Issa."

If you're not up on what Issa did, here's my post: Darrell Issa’s Benghazi document dump damages U.S. efforts, put Libyans working with U.S. in danger. While hyperventilating investigating the attacks on the consulate, he disclosed the identities of Libyans who were helping United States officials, and he has yet to apologize.

The same Overzealous Oversight Guy who has been blasting the administration over security failures after the attacks in Libya and has done everything he can to nail the president on anything he can dig up or make up out of thin air has stepped in it big time.

It's good to see some Dems getting out in front of this one. David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel both mentioned this embarrassing and dangerous fiasco on Meet the Press and This Week respectively. Now Politico is reporting this:

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the release of that information – which is sensitive, but not classified – “a moment of real incompetence and irresponsibility... This is irresponsible and inexcusable, and perhaps worst of all it was entirely avoidable. It is profoundly against America’s interests in a difficult region.”

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee piled on:

“If these reports are accurate, Rep. Issa’s actions are astonishingly reckless, a blatant violation of the rules of the House of Representatives, and another dangerous example of the way Republicans are placing partisan politics above the interests of our nation. It would be an extremely grave consequence of Rep. Issa’s actions if individuals helping our country are harmed and suspects in this attack are able to escape justice.”

Mitt Romney started politicizing the tragedy prematurely, even as events were still unfolding, and his party hasn't stopped since then. And of course, there was this epic moment of fail:

By the way, CBS reported that the evidence undermined right-wing charges of an administration “cover-up”.

Plus, Romney’s version of meeting Navy SEAL killed in Benghazi was disputed by best friend, mother: “Pathetic & comical”, not to mention Christopher Stevens’ dad said that the Libyan ambassador’s death should not be politicized.

Paints quite a picture, doesn't it? And now the Issa blunder. Kudos to all who called him out today.

  • Is it possible that Issa would deliberately exaserbate the situation in Libya to make matters worse for O and better for Rmoney? Naaah! The GOP never does that ;>) This man is so crooked that it's impossible to hide his blatant undermining of Cemocracy for Party's sake. Destroying the Post Office with unwarrented debt in order to privitise it. Useless investigations, paid for by the taxpayers, to distract from their own deliberate obstructionism and overuse of filibuster to tank this administration and our economy with it, for political gain. He didn't earn a half Billion dollars by playing fair or working for America.

  • David G

     Issa must go.  When wanton irresponsibility meets power, that's where you'll find Darrell Issa... Or as he's known in Washington, "Issa stupid dey puts me in charge."  DG