Another California member of Congress is being accused of an ethics breach. This time, it’s a GOP member from Southern California.
As head of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Temecula Republican Darrell Issa has led the attack on “Fast and Furious” – the Justice Department gun-tracking operation. His frustration about what he sees as a lack of cooperation from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder led to a contempt vote in the House.
The watchdog group CREW – Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington – says Chairman Issa broke the law when he included in the Congressional Record information included in an application for a warrant. That information was sealed by court order and cannot be revealed without permission of the court.
Melanie Sloan, head of CREW, says it's "particularly ironic that Mr. Issa engaged in conduct punishable by contempt given that he did it in effort to secure a contempt resolution against the Attorney General."
A spokeswoman for Chairman Issa says it's "shameful" that an organization dedicated to good government is instead "making itself complicit in an effort to cover-up a reckless government effort that contributed to the death of a Border Patrol agent."