Darrell Issa subpoenas two DHS employees
Last month Darrell Issa–the head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee–demanded that the Department of Homeland Security turn over documents relating to what he felt was a politicization of hundreds of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. He believes that Janet Napolitano is delaying the release of requested documents–in violation of the law–which might hurt Barack Obama from a political standpoint. At that point it looked as if DHS would be the first target in the crosshairs of Darrell Issa’s accountability gun.
Here is what is at issue here:
The Associated Press reported in July that for at least a year, Homeland Security had sidetracked hundreds of requests for federal records to top political advisers to the department’s secretary, Janet Napolitano. The political appointees wanted information about those requesting the materials, and in some cases the release of documents considered politically sensitive was delayed, according to numerous e-mails that were obtained by the AP.
Yesterday Darrell Issa unloaded on two DHS employees by issuing them subpoenas–because as Democrat Mike Capuano said, sometimes you just have to get a little bloodied up–because of their possible role in delaying the FOIA requests for political reasons. Darrell Issa has repeatedly asked DHS to provide him with certain documents related to his investigation–and much like the initial requests which are being investigated–the department has been less than forthcoming with the information. So Darrell Issa was forced to issue subpoenas in order to get to the bottom of this potential scandal.
I know that I have said it over and over again, but I will say it one more time; Barack Obama promised to run the most open, honest, and transparent administration in history but we have seen time and time again that this certainly is not the case. From secretly meeting with lobbyists off of the White House grounds in order to avoid reporting the meetings to the secret service, to the Department of Homeland Security delaying the release of legally requested documents we have seen that Barack Obama simply is not as transparent–or apparently as honest–as he claims he is.
Janet Napolitano is hiding something and she is hiding it in order to protect Barack Obama and we deserve to know what it is. Yesterday Darrell Issa took the first steps towards shining a light on the darkness that is the Obama regime.