November 05, 2012

CREW Congratulates October’s Scoundrel of the Month: Rep. Darrell Issa

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)Washington, D.C. We had an especially spooky selection of scoundrels haunting Washington this month, but none behaved more frightfully than Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), your pick for October’s Scoundrel of the Month.  Notably, this is not the first time Congress’ chief investigator — and one of CREW’s Most Corrupt — has been voted Washington’s worst, and, remarkably, we’re shaming him once again for the same type of transgression.

Seeking to blame the Obama administration for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Rep. Issa heedlessly released more than 100 pages of sensitive, unredacted State Department documents.  In doing so, he exposed the names of Libyan civilians working in cooperation with the U.S. government, ultimately endangering their lives.

“It is clear Rep. Issa failed to learn his lesson after leaking a sealed wiretap application during his Fast and Furious witch-hunt.  This time, his actions could have far graver consequences,” stated CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.  “By brazenly dumping the Benghazi documents days before the final presidential debate, Rep. Issa abandoned all pretense of using his perch to further good policy.”

Government transparency is vital to maintaining a robust democracy, but Rep. Issa’s disturbing pattern of leaking information is just partisanship masquerading as patriotism.

Nominations are already being accepted for November’s Scoundrel of the Month.  People, entities, and agencies are all eligible.  Submit your choices by November 21.  Voting will begin the following week.

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