It goes without saying that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is a hypocrite. We’ve covered that here at TPC over and over again.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member on the committee, is blasting Issa for his hypocrisy, too, this time for violating his own rules on committee travel. Bummer.
Guess why Issa decided it’s time for a trip… Hint:
Yes, Investigator Issa’s off to Libya to look into (again) the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and oops! Per TPM, he “failed to specify a clear enough purpose and provide sufficient opportunity for Democratic lawmakers to join the delegation.”
Here are some excerpts from a letter from Rep. Cummings to Rep. NoCredibilityWhatsoever:
Dear Mr. Chairman:
I am writing to request that you immediately postpone your upcoming delegation to Libya and several other countries until you come into compliance with your own Committee directives, stop your partisan efforts to deliberately exclude Democrats from this trip, and provide adequate notice to allow Democratic Members to join this delegation at a later date. […]
The only congressional travelers on this itinerary are you and your Republican staffer. No Democratic Members are listed on the itinerary, and you have not contacted me or my staff about this trip. […]
I have obtained other documents showing that you have been planning this delegation for more than a week, so there are no exigencies that would have prohibited you from consulting with Democrats. Although you claim that your investigation of the Benghazi attacks is bipartisan, your efforts to secretly plan an official trip to Libya—and then deliberately exclude Democrats from joining—is part of an unfortunate pattern of partisanship that undermines the credibility of this investigation.