Issa Vows to Investigate Bush, Too

GOP rep with keys to House Oversight wants to probe everything
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2010 9:12 AM CDT
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. stands next to a painting of American Republican presidents during an interview with The Associated Press, in his office on Capitol Hill, Sept. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Darrell Issa’s been chomping at the bit to investigate President Obama, and as the next chairman of the House Oversight Committee, he’s about to get his chance. But Issa says he’s not going to let George W. Bush off the hook, either. “I’m going to be investigating a president of my own party,” Politico quotes him as saying, “because many of the issues we’re working on began [with] President Bush, or even before.”

Issa says he’s eager to look at how both administrations dealt with the financial crisis, and at the alleged abuses at the Minerals Management Service. “When we look at the failures of Freddie and Fannie, the Countrywide scandal, those all began during President Bush’s time,” Issa said, while the MMS abuses “began years before.” He added: “The enemy is the bureaucracy, not necessarily the current occupant of the White House.”

For more on Issa, and his passion for investigations, click here.

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