Washington, D.C. – He’s hardly the only hypocrite in Washington, but Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) may have broken the law with his about-face on government leaks, earning him the title of July’s Scoundrel of the Month.
As part of his effort to have Attorney General Eric Holder held in contempt of Congress, Rep. Issa disclosed information from a sealed wiretap application. This is a clear violation of the law, but Rep. Issa knew that by placing the material in the Congressional Record, he would be shielded from prosecution by the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause. We filed complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Justice Department to investigate possible violations.
CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan, in an op-ed in The Hill, called out Rep. Issa’s double standard on government secrecy, noting he had previously called for the prosecution of those behind the Wikileaks disclosures. “If we want to crack down on those who break our laws,” Ms. Sloan said, “let’s start with the people who are sworn to uphold them.”
Nominations are being accepted for August’s Scoundrel of the Month. People, entities, and agencies are all eligible. Get your choices in by Friday, August 17. Voting will begin the following week.