Republicans want personal e-mail accounts of White House staffers
August 3rd, 2012
05:51 PM ET

Republicans want personal e-mail accounts of White House staffers

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans demanded on Friday that the Obama administration identify White House staffers’ personal e-mail addresses which may have been used to conduct government business, a request an Obama spokesman is calling “nakedly political.”

The request, from House Committee and Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, follows a congressional committee report earlier this week that found some senior White House officials had exchanged e-mails with lobbyists and other interested parties during the drafting of the health care law in 2010 using their personal email accounts.

Pursuant to the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and the Federal Records Act (FRA), such e-mails are required to either be exchanged on official White House accounts or be copied or forwarded to White House servers for historic preservation.

“The American people have a right to know that White House staff and federal officials are conducting the business of the government transparently and in accordance with record-keeping statutes,” Issa wrote in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew.

Specifically, Issa is asking the White House to “produce a complete list of each White House official who has used a personal e-mail account to send or receive email covered by the PRA or FRA.” He is further asking the White House to identify and reproduce any personal e-mails that were not properly archived in White House servers.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz said that the White House Counsel is reviewing the letter but added, “[T]his is nothing more than a nakedly political, taxpayer-funded effort designed to serve partisan interests, over an issue which House Republicans have already conceded is not serious.”

Issa also indicated that his request for the email addresses is the result of comments from former White House official Stephanie Cutter in an interview with CNN earlier this week. Cutter, who now is the deputy campaign manager of President Obama’s reelection campaign, told CNN that “everybody working in the White House…we all have personal e-mail addresses and for our longstanding relationships, they often use those personal email addresses.” Cutter added that White House staff were “all instructed for official business to just forward those e-mails into the White House system.”

In his letter, Issa expressed concern that staffers can easily bypass the record-keeping laws by simply using their personal accounts and choosing not to carbon copy their official email address or forward the e-mails to White House servers.

Democrats raised similar concerns in 2007 when it was revealed then-Bush aide Karl Rove had extensively used a Republican National Committee e-mail account and that several of Rove’s e-mails from that account had gone missing. At that time, Issa called a Democrat-led investigation into the matter “shameful.”

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  1. MTATL67

    Issa needs to join the ranks of the unemployed. This is drunk with power and reeks of McCarthyism.

    August 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • *LibcrimeS

      Chicago crooks hiding back room deals for health care plan kick backs solyndra solar photo ops while stashing mony for re-
      Election campaigns.....most non transparent president ever

      August 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
      • republican hipocrites

        You can read the PPACA on line. Margie Shoedinger and G. W. Bush. Plame outing because her husband went against the weapons of Destruction scheme, were thousands of our soldiers were killed in Iraq. GW's Pharma act to make his insurance himself buddies wealthy. (one of the reasons they the republicans do not want the sweeping reform of PPACA it limits their wealth. Deregulation of banks to cause a depression/recession. His father pre- ratifies Nafta Dec 17, 1992. Newt Gingrich disables Steagal Glass Act, GW further deregulates the banks causing the weathy greedy to make us pay for their greed. The Carlyle group is Bush 1 and 2, oil prize for going to war. I think there is was and is enough to say no to republicans. Cantor uses inside info for portfolio and stimulus to help his wives company. Etc, Etc,ect....
        Now give Obama the house and senate and we will replace all of them with some honest politicians. lol

        August 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
      • Angus

        Actually, everyone in the White House complains and wishes that Obama would take a double Summers Eve. WHEW STANKEY!!!!

        August 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Angus, did you know that methane gas from the raising and feeding of cattle is contributing to global warming?

        August 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
      • SMH

        I agree. Get rid of Issa. He is just desperate cop used by GOP to try and dig up ANY dirt on Obama's administration.....they are Obsessed with Obama.......they are going to keep trying anything to distract from Romney releasing his taxes.

        August 6, 2012 at 12:06 am |
      • camaroguy

        News leaking out that a senior White House staffer, David Plough has ties to a Iranian sponsored company. Not being covered by CNN or other mainstream media. Plough made over 100g's for a couple of speeches he gave. Anyone doing business with a government knows that all emails are public domain, and therefore all emails are to be on public record. Unless of course you happen use a Blackberry. Blackberry texts are not considered emails, and the text messages are not stored on a server somewhere, just on the Blackberry. That's why Obama refuses to give up his Blackberry....not just because he likes it so much. I wonder what other tidbits of information this administration is withholding?

        August 6, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Erich

      I wish McCarthy would rise from his grave and start hundreds of cases against Obama and his corrupt admin.

      August 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
      • republican hipocrites

        Right after we prosecute Bush and Cheney for war crimes. Newt Gingrich for deregulation of Steagal Glass. CAntor for using inside inormation. Let's line them all up.

        August 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        If wishes were horses Beggars would ride.

        August 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Howard

      There is such a pervasive culture of corruption throughout the Obama administration, thank God people like Issa are providing the American people with some measure of oversight and accountability.

      August 4, 2012 at 1:11 am |
      • Best for America

        I am afraid that you are loosing it. You mentioned this guy and cleaning up corruption in the same sentence. I am certain that you are intelligent enough to know this man's history. He is lucky that he is not in jail. But then you already know this. You probably think the rest of us have forgotten. Try goggling Rep Issa and educate yourself.

        August 4, 2012 at 1:23 am |
      • Jim Hubbard

        Did you not read the whole article?

        Democrats raised similar concerns in 2007 when it was revealed then-Bush aide Karl Rove had extensively used a Republican National Committee e-mail account and that several of Rove’s e-mails from that account had gone missing. At that time, Issa called a Democrat-led investigation into the matter “shameful.”

        August 4, 2012 at 10:06 am |
      • republican hipocrites

        All in a election year. hmmmmmmmmmmm

        August 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
      • nancyjean

        Let's get real Howard both parties are the same kind self serving. The Republicans serve the 1% rich and the ones who hope to be rich vote for them. The Democrats a few times a year give important legislation and programs to the ordinary citizens.

        August 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • jboh

        OK, you've earned your pay. Now call the Kocks for your check.

        August 6, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Howard

      Obama is playing golf, and asking people to vote for him, and send him more money on his birthday ... while at the same time, he is suing Ohio over the early voting law for the members of our military. With Friends like Obama, our military doesn't need enemies. What a disgrace !!!

      August 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Obama was suing to keep at least the LAST 3 DAYS OF EARLY VOTING not only for our military BUT the citizens of Ohio when REPUBLICAN GOV. SNYDER decided that THAT WOULDN'T SERVE THE RESIDENTS OF TRHAT STATE!! --PURE POLITICS!!!!!!!!

        August 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        OTHER POSTERS, I was cut off by a phone call I was hoping was from my son. I AM FURIOUS WITH HOWARD! YOU ARE LYING HOWARD when you say our President is suing to keep the military or the residents of OHIO from the last three days of early voting – when HE IS SUING to at least keep those days availible for them to vote after being under attack by the REPUBLICANS.
        YOU ARE A PUKE!!!!!!!

        August 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Correction, it is Republican Gov. Kasich in Ohio.
        Speaking of Republican governors, like Snyder who decree that Emergency Managers he appointed would take the place of legally elected officials, a State judge overturned the governor's decree by letting the citizens be able to vote their own destiny and whether or NOT they wanted an Emergency Manager. Or, Rick Scott in Florida, or the governor in Pennsyslvania all messing with voting rights in hopes that a Republican wins office. CHEATERS.

        August 5, 2012 at 7:41 am |
      • Howard

        To cynthia l. ... you might have a relative in the military, but I actually served in the military, and you and your hypocrite, empty suit President, are actually weakening our military, while dramatically increasing the danger to our soldiers ... that's why most of the military hates Obama. Furthermore ... if a foul mouthed Obama stooge, like you, doesn't like me, I must be doing something right !!!

        August 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • Howard

        Everyone knows that Obama's real reason for trying to suppress military votes is because our military doesn't support Obama ... and, Obama would throw our military under the bus in a heart beat, if it would allow him to win reelection ... just as he has already thrown them under the bus numerous times, to appease his left wing base.

        August 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        I stand by what I said "YOU ARE A PUKE LIAR!"

        August 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
      • Leroy

        You really do not know what you are talking about, do ya?

        August 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
      • Leroy

        You really think anyone in our military would even consider saluting a draft-dodger like Mitt Romney? Well maybe with their middle finger.....

        August 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
      • Wow

        You really want an empty suit lying, tax hiding, gaffer, run to France to avoid war (I am a vet), bully, help out companies by lending them money-wanting payment (knowing the business isn't doing well) suck the money out of the business, selling assets and layoff all workers therefore, closing the business down person who can't remember what he says? Someone who gets easily offended, someone who just came from overseas visiting our allies but saying stupid stuff? Romey, really????

        August 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Howard

      They say the best defense is a good offense ... well, obama, axelrod, pelosi, and reid, are about as OFFENSIVE as they come. Obama may be awol for a few days, because he has to close a PUBLIC beach in New jersey, for two days, in order to attend another $35,000 a plate fund raiser ... with his one per center friends. What a hypocrite, and absentee President ... well, not completely absent, after all, he did vote 'present' 127 times, while in the Senate. I wonder if he actually attended classes at Harvard. I guess we'll never know, since he has already spent over a million dollars to keep his college.

      August 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  2. Sahara

    Issa could be summed up in a very simple word, "An Idiot" this guy is the biggest fool and most power hungry crazies

    August 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  3. Michael

    Typical GOP tactic in the hopes no one remembers Karl Rove and the crap the Bush White House pulled including the outing of a CIA agent, which the White House condoned.

    August 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  4. NOvember 2012

    Oh it was ok when they wanted President Bushes emails...hahaha! And there were NO LEAKs of intell data...and we were at war too. Bush had to fight politically and the terrorists at the same time....Mz clinton, dirty harry reid, and john the phoney veteran kerry all voted for the war and turned on the president and troops when it benefited them politically...and they are obam's first string...sad sad. And, shall we get into Geitner-the-tax-cheat and the wall street mob? Another time folks...

    August 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • HenryB

      Hey @November 2012 – All that finger pointing in one four line post? Wow! You sure know how to conserve space with your rant.

      August 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
      • Erich

        Stop finger pointing!

        August 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • Nick

      YOU are an itiot! That sort of thinking is precisely why Republicans should never be in control of this government – ever!

      August 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
      • Cynthia L

        Rush Limbaugh, would like a 'finders fee' for the discovery of Sandra Fluke who gave a speech today to a packed auditorium full of women in Colorado. Remember, this was a woman the Democrats in Congress ask to speak in front of an ALL MALE PANEL in defense of Women's Health, Children and Families as a Legal Avocate.
        Rush, was quick to characterized her as a 'slut' on his radio show.
        Asked what she thought of his boost that he should benefit from her promotion of health care for students and families. Ms. Fluke responsed,
        "Should Rush take credit for the voice of a woman he tried to silence?"

        August 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Actually, Romney adviser, Eric Edelman was implicated the the country's last major National Security leak investigation while serving under Scooter Libby – outing CIA agent Valerie Plame who's husband, Diplomat Joe Wilson had been to Iraq as part of the international team that was sent to find WMD before Bush invaded. Joe Wilson was very vocal about the team NOT finding a nuclear program or WMD, trying to talk the administation out of going to war and feeling purposely ignored by Bush's team who seemed bent on proceeding. When Wilson shared his concerns about it to the press, either Cheney, or Karl Rove leaked his wife's name through Scooter Libby (the fall guy), that she was an undercover agent to a reporter from FOX who then blabbed her name on the air, putting her mission and her life AND the other lives of the people working for her at risk. Scooter Libby was found guilty of leaking her name and Bush stepped in to commute his sentence so he didn't serve any jail time. BUT, when Cheney asked Bush to give Scooter a full pardon, Bush refused, and from that time on he and Cheney's relationship strained and pretty much fell apart. Bush knew that Cheney used Scooter as a fall guy. And, I think by then Bush really came to realize he had been manipulated by the Vice Pres.'s agenda and was p.o'd and ashamed by it.

      August 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
      • Howard

        Bush has not been in the White House for nearly FOUR YEARS ... but, Obama has ... and, Obama is the one who is currently ruining our economy, weakening our national security, and neutering our military. When our military is strong, funded, and respected, our country, and our soldiers are safer. Our military certainly understands this reality, that's why they mistrust, and dislike Obama. If you really care about our troops, you can't possibly support this self-serving, lying, hypocrite. If Obama gets reelected ... America is doomed !!!

        August 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        First off, I do not care who our military votes for. I DON"T CARE WHO YOU VOTE FOR. When you spout lies about Obama suppressing the votes of ANY OF OUR CITIZENS and come on here and tell OUR MILITARY that Obama is suppressing their votes I WILL ABSOLUTELY CALL YOU OUT!!
        The Republicans are THE ONLY ONES who are willing to manipulate, SUPPRESS AND THEN HAVE THE NERVE TO LIE about what they are doing about voter-suppression AND BLAME IT ON SOMEONE ELSE!! I have been following the voter-suppression story for a long time – SINCE 2000 when Florida shamefully pulled the biggest voter-fraud scandal our country has ever experienced and the Supremes decided to give the vote to Bush instead of a do-over in Florida. Ever since you folks think you can mess with our democracy. VOTING IS A RIGHT IN THIS COUNTRY !!
        WHEN you come on here and spout off how our military can't vote because of Obama YOU ARE LYING!!

        August 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
      • julibear

        Howard do you really think Obama is UNDERFUNDING the military? 56% of our budget is spent on the military, and all the republicans do is whine about how we are overspending on all those ridiculous social services, but remove a penny from he military and we are weak. Give me a break. Obama has withdrawn troops from the wars and he has move most of the fighting to drones and airstrikes which keeps our people out of harms way. What more would you have him do to keep our forces safe, wrap them in money-printed bubble sheets?

        August 6, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • You'reJoking

      @November2012 – Excellent post. If that's a rant – keep em coming!

      @Henry – You have persecuted Romney but you , being a terminally slobbering Liberal, can't take it when your mob break the rules and get caught out. You really are the great, ignorant unwashed aren't you!

      Issa is right – give the information over. Old-Mr-Transparent-pants shouldn't mind? LOL

      August 4, 2012 at 12:42 am |
      • Best for America

        I agree with your name, well almost. You are a joke. The sad thing is it's not funny and you don't get the joke because you are joking. Surely you must have some clear well thought about ideas to share. Throw away the talking papers and tell us what you think. Name calling is for little kids on a play ground. We are all adult here.

        August 4, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • JohnReedjr

      Blinded by hate and educated by Glenn Beck. Sad to think you were responsible for educating our kids. Pathetic.

      August 4, 2012 at 9:08 am |
      • Howard

        Blinded by hate, racism, and a sense of entitlement ... and educated by the Obama propaganda machine ... Obama stooges, like you are what's responsible for transforming America into a third world country.

        August 4, 2012 at 11:57 am |
      • Cynthia L,

        @The Lying Puke Howard

        By golly-gee-wilikers, Larry- Moe and CURLY is your middle name – – -Think you have it covered in the STOOGES DEPT..

        August 6, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Jonquil

      It's not a surprising that a Republican would...

      1. Not understand the heirarchy of power and obligation.

      2. Have no clue what our laws and Constitution says ("Ignorance of the law is no excuse...")

      3. Mix-up government role obligations.

      4. Ignore the requirement for things like warrants, as long as the target of Republican fury is someone they don't like or who is politically disadvantageous to them. Their side is free of obligation and form, though!

      5. Willing to waste money on Conservative witch hunts and frivolities, but can't be bothered to hammer-out long-term, fiscal strategies for our Nation.

      August 4, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • namveteran

      IDIOT!!! John Kerry served his Nation honorably. Did you? The lying scum bags – The GOP trashed a hero. They shoud be tared & featherd & run out of town.

      August 4, 2012 at 10:50 am |
      • Cynthia L

        My brother was in the Military during the Vietnam Era. He had plenty to say about how the RICH GUY KIDS at the right zip code didn't get drafted (Mitt actually protested TO KEEP THE DRAFT and then applied for 3 different deferments. About that RICH KID WHO'S YER DADDY)
        My children know very well why there were protests against the war AND alot of those rich kids who were still threatened of forced enlistment while they were in college ended up at the protests, too – because their daddy's didn't have JUST THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS. I was a very, very close friend of the first MEDAL OF HONOR recipient of the Vietnam war, he was a proud Marine (drafted).
        John Kerry has given a huge portion of his life in service to the American people. He was a decorated hero. He got smeared by the devilish Karl Rove sleazebag swift-boaters and they had big money behind them. This is when I lost respect for the FOX NEWS Organization who were fame-whores as much as Rove. And, we all know what happened when he lost.

        August 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Cooper

      Typical Teapublican rant filled with inaccuracies and just plain nonsensical. You folks are very amusing.

      August 4, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • republican hipocrites

      Obama voted against the war.

      August 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Wow

      What planet are you from? Bush is why we're in this big mess... He started 2 wars that were not budgeted without justification. Where's the weapons of mass destruction? Oh that's right – they're better known as republicans.

      August 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Cynthia L

      My sons would not be remotely interested in even meeting a person like you.

      August 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Cynthia L

      You are an al-Qaeda troll – I already know what the American Military my sons serve think of al-Qaeda --Be afraid.

      August 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • Cynthia L

      America hates al Qaeda. We're pretty good at finding them. Obama hates al Qaeda, too. I stand with Obama. Busted.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:37 am |
  5. HenryB

    Issa is just trying to keep his rabid and ugly base riled up.

    August 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • You'reJoking

      Henry, congratulations! You just managed to shovel 30 pounds of horsesh*t into a 15 pound sack!

      August 4, 2012 at 12:45 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        I volunteer to leave it on your doorstep and ring the bell.

        August 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  6. Jackson

    Even funnier when you remember that the GOP candidate for President wiped all the hard drives clean in the Massachusetts Governor's office before leaving office.

    August 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • koko2

      Would you repeat that every day until November-I think I am the only one who read this. Hope the debates are more mature than 'put up or shut up'!

      August 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • You'reJoking

      SO? When I left as Principal of my school I wiped everything personal to me off the system too. The incoming Principal agreed. He said he preferred to start with a clean slate. Only the budget stayed on. You're a liar.Apart from the fact that everyone KNEW that Mitt changed a $2 Billion deficit to a $2 Billion SURPLUS. And improved the unemplyment figure from 5.6% to 4.6% by the time he left.

      Oh, and the only contact Obama had with Boston was to sneak his agents in to pay off his 16 traffic fines from his Harvard days! Looooooser!

      August 4, 2012 at 12:50 am |
      • Best for America

        This is exactly what we are afraid of with Governor Romney. He was there for 3 years, creative bookkeeping, using set aside funds to jack up his record. Raiding pensions, Now one year later look at the picture. Instead of reading your talking points, try reading the true record.

        August 4, 2012 at 1:39 am |
      • Best for America

        After reading the first two lines of this post it's clearly obvious the only time that you have been in or near a principals office was iwhen you were sent out of class by the teacher. Who will you pretend to be tomorrow?

        August 4, 2012 at 1:44 am |
      • HenryB

        @You'reJoking – You were a school principal and you behave in this manner? I am not saying that you should be a liberal as an educator but you are at least supposed to be educated.

        I was a principal of a school myself and I have NEVER heard about my replacement or any replacement being happy with the predecessor destroying historical information. You are misguided and I fear for the children you "developed".

        August 4, 2012 at 6:51 am |
      • republican hipocrites

        Romney touts being a job creator if he is so good at it, why did Mass go from 36th to 47th?

        August 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  7. Jess C

    I'm embarrassed that this fool is from CA. The good news is that we get to vote his ass out.

    August 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      Just a quick question, do you support Pelosi and think she did a good job?

      August 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
      • California Gary

        Do you want to compare the job Pelosi did as speaker to what we are getting from Boehner? I choose Pelosi.......agree with her or not, she did get stuff done. As opposed to Boehner who just left town with a ton of necessary work left on the table.

        August 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
      • You'reJoking

        YUP! Ole Nancy got some things done, when she wasn't looking after her OFFSHORE accounts – along with Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Jeffrey Immelt etc! And of course Immelt was very busy with his outsourcing of jobs abroad.
        Funny how the Liberal mob go quiet when you mention THEIR skeletons in the closet! Hypocrites

        August 4, 2012 at 12:54 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        @you'rejoking – I don't believe ANY PUBLIC SERVANT should be using their positions to take advantage of insider information that they receive as a way to enrich themselves when the same information is not availible to the public at large. It's wrong no matter who does it.
        Right now, Congress just flew the coop for a month. John Boehner is accountable for what they did not accomplish and sending Issa out to create ripples when a tsunami is getting ready to hit our drought stricken ranchers, farmers that rec'd a bandaid solution and expiring resolutions for the Post Office (which by golly, they took time to name 60 new ones but didn't deal with more important funding issues).

        August 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
      • republican hipocrites

        Wheres the RETURNS, Romney "needs to put up or shut up." Obama showed his returns to 2000. I guess Romney is not going to transparient as Obama, we do not need his kind of under table, erasure and secretiveness like Bush. They f up the country and want the same b s, no thanks.

        August 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • SafeJourney3

      Jess, San Diego will be voting Issa out

      August 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
      • You'reJoking

        Of COURSE you will. He's very good at his job and he sussed your sneaking staffers out! Streuth – Liberals can't stand to be in the light.

        August 4, 2012 at 12:56 am |
      • HenryB

        @You'reJoking – After you posted that you were a former school principal, each time I read a post you make I just cannot shake the feeling of pity I feel for you. Anger too because you were supposed to teach students how to think and to have them draw their own conclusions. Students are supposed to be taught not to call each other names but to be kind to each other. You remind me of the bully that we, as educators, are supposed to avoid and learn how to deal with. You talk about fighting; that is fine. I just hope that the attitude you show in these "discussions" do not mirror the things you taught your students.

        August 4, 2012 at 6:57 am |
      • republican hipocrites

        @joking you republicans are nothing but a bunch of wealth sucking vampires, who live off of the middle class.
        Romney Vulture Capitalism, it was legal cause they made the rules. Time for the middle class to make the rules for the 3%. Romneys company made a bank go bankrupt but they still made their money. His company took no risk while everyone around them went under. Hear that sound it is voodoo capitalism sucking the life out of the country.

        August 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
      • SafeJourney3

        You'reJoke, Issa is a car thief. Oh, you did not know that did you. He will be gone next election

        August 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  8. livingston1

    As an American citizen I also have the right to tell you Issa, that you are totally out of line and we have the right to ask you to resign. We really don't need your stupid nonsense now that the country is starting to move forward in spite of the gop. You sir are an idiot and the American people know it.

    August 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • You'reJoking

      You are delusional!
      [A] The country is NOT moving forward it is headed for the Fiscal Cliff with Obama driving at full speed. HE thinks the Fiscal Cliff is a tourist attraction on the West Coast!

      [B] Of course you want him shut up and thrown out – he CAUGHT you at it!!! And being a Liberal , you get caught and it's HIS fault! Just go away you disgusting person.

      August 4, 2012 at 12:59 am |
      • Best for America

        Yes I know how much you hate to hear that our country is making any progress, but its true. We have a great country full of wonderful caring people who want to see progress. Where's all that pseudo belief in American exceptionalism. So you can continue to beat the same old dead drums since denial works for you. So please continue to waste your time and ours with one rant after another. Better yet you forgot to list some of the standard rant lines. We hear the noise and see the smoke but you are not fooling anybody.

        August 4, 2012 at 1:15 am |
      • republican hipocrites

        Yes we are moving forward, during the Bush administration we lost 700,000 jobs per month, this month we were plus 163,000. Now if we get a democratic congress and get rid of the Bachmanns of ruin and lying. In the senate even with a Democratic house and senate the republicans filibustered 130 times in Obamas first 2 years. He cannot pass a jobs bill with the obstructionist congress and filibustering senate. Give Obama a house, senate and 4 years and we will be living and making a living wage. Republicans like Rick Perry need to go too, he rails against the stimulus and then uses it to pay off his deficit in Texas, does not use it to create jobs. Texas is the minimum wage capitol of USA.

        August 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • Wow

        The jokes on you. This President has been trying to pass a Jobs bill that the house of reps has been sitting on. The repubs were half the committee during who made the decision to trigger budget cuts if the dems & reps could not agree. Now that the trigger is set, the repubs don't want this gun fired – it would the military (they say). If there was more cooperation and compromise ( oh my – a dirty word) in the House of Representatives, this country would move forward. If the Repubs would stop adding stupid amendments the control women's body parts to the legislation in the Senate, something could be passed there. And the number of filibusters the repubs have instigated to stop any legislation. Excuse me, that's right, a you repubs don't know anything about civics... And Bohner – he's so generous, the House of Reps work 2 wks on and 2 wks off. Now they are on vacation on our time and money and they have not done anything since they took over. Now whose driving this economy off the cliff? No, not President Obama. So go ahead and vote against your own self interests just because the President is a black/white man.

        August 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
      • Cynthia L,

        Headline today –Fearing an 'Impasse in Congress' Industry cuts spending.
        REPBLICANS WHERE ARE THE JOBS ??..........Hello?......Why are all the lights turned off in here??

        August 6, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  9. California Gary

    Issa is dying to find an issue that he can use to make a name for himself. He has a stick by virtue of the committee he chairs, and he is beating everyone he can think of with his stick. The funny part is that Issa should be the last person they would have out there looking for unethical behavior. He had his own issues with his private business as I recall.......was close to possibly doing some time even according to the news stories at the time.

    August 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Erich

      History will prove all you democrats-liberals wrong. You will say to yourself,how could I have been so stupid to believe in all that "change" crap?

      August 3, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
      • republican hipocrites

        It is a change from losing 700,000 jobs a month to getting people back to work. Let your congress pass one of his jobs bills. And Romney co-chair said even though the republican wealthy are making money in the stock market they will not create any jobs until Romney is in office. He also said if Obama gets in the white house again they will take their businesses over seas. I say bon voyage. Then we can tax them for outsourcing. Bye bye. They rather see the middle class twist in the wind than give jobs. Seeeya.

        August 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Sniff-sniff- I wish somebody would mention a 'change' to Erich.

        August 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
      • SafeJourney3

        my 401k is liking this change stuff alot

        August 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • You'reJoking

      Before the election I predict that the Democrats will have at least one MASSIVE scandal to cope with. You're so full of yourselves it will hurt – then we'll see your famous "headless chicken act" running about snivelling, looking for someone to blame!
      Enjoy your wallowing in lies and distortion – your turn will come.

      August 4, 2012 at 1:03 am |
      • Best for America

        I hope this does not happen to either party, because we the people deserve better. But the way it has always worked for every one Democratic scandal, we will get four Republican Scandals. Issa has already been caught, which Republican do you think is next. I think it's going to be Gov Romney. Anytime someone has so much to hide, it's only a matter to time before someone leaks some of the personal income tax information he is trying so desperately to hide.

        August 4, 2012 at 1:53 am |
      • John

        That joke may be on you, son. Personally I'd prosecute any malfeasance by anyone of any party, but right now I'm thinking Romney's finances have a funny smell in the taxes folder. October surprise anyone?

        August 4, 2012 at 10:56 am |
      • republican hipocrites

        I think you republicans enough in yours that we will take you down before the elections. You republicans cannot even name 1 tax that puts the american people under the bus in PPACA. The IRS tax is only for those who can afford taxes but refuse to pay. All the rest are for the Pharma companies Bush put in charge, devices coming from over seas, tanning booths, once the american people see the light, they will not go to the republican dark side again.

        August 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  10. earsoftheworld

    If in fact this is true, I don't see the problem with this request. It would be the same as when I wanted to know the whole story behind Bush's energy task force.

    August 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  11. tony

    I went from Republican to independent following the Corrupt Bush, Cheney IRAQ and WMD fiasco. Everything since has just hardened that decision. Although I don't think anyone could have anticipated their incredible reaction to having a smart, patriotic and trying to do all the right things, despite being so visibly Black, President.

    August 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Cynthia L,

      I think you better get out of your own CHAIN-CHAIN-CHAIN–CHAIN OF FOOLS--

      August 6, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  12. rchenkle

    How about we get your emails.

    August 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  13. fullclarity

    Darrell, I make the same demand of you. You have such a beam in your own eye that yyou couldn't possibly see the mote in anyone else's eye. Clean up your own house first. You have dirty hands with your business dealings, which must be addressed.

    August 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
  14. robert garrett

    using personal email addresse's at work.. violates policy's put into place by the institution that they work for, including security policy's, and information retention policy's.. In a corporate enviroment.. This offense is usually punished by termination.

    So.. is it a big deal or not?

    August 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  15. ronb

    Really, Issa? Then, go back and ask W and "Dick" who sat in on their energy conversations! Don't you think the American people have a right to know who drove gasoline prices through the roof and why?? Oh, wait a minute. THat's right....republicans.

    August 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  16. Pander Bear

    "Lookit Me" Issa is getting to be a complete bore. He sees unethical behavior everywhere because he sees it in the mirror every single day.

    August 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Nick

      Agreed – But how DID he get elected. At the very lease, he should now be tarred and feathered

      August 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
      • Pander Bear

        He represents CA 49 just south of Orange County which is a right wing Republican stronghold.

        Here's the last few election results from that district. Shows you the mindset.
        2010 – Governor Whitman 56.5 – 36.1%
        2010 – Senator Fiorina 59.3 – 34.3%
        2008 – President McCain 53.0 – 45.1%

        August 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
      • Cynthia L,

        We'll all wave a happy goodbye as he follows the other losers Meg, Carly and John into the sunset – dropping with a splash into the Pacific Ocean.

        August 6, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  17. ronb

    Issa won't resign his position, but we sure can fire him by voting republicans out of the House. He will no longer have a committee chair to misuse!

    August 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
  18. Republicans and Rove

    Where were the Republicans when Karl Rove orchestrated the outing of Valerie Plame – placing many CIA Agents lives at risk at the minimum! The defended the Bush's refusal to turn over any information – later they used Scooter Libby as a scapegoat. Or where were the Republican when the Bush Administration Fired 8 US Attorneys and Rove Emails were requested by Congress? the Bush Administration admitted that in reviewing documents requested by Democrats for their investigations, it discovered that as many as 50 of its staffers may have violated the Presidential Records Act. The staffers, the White House said, were using e-mail accounts, laptops and BlackBerries provided by the Republican National Committee for official executive branch communications rather than the exclusively political work for which they were intended. Because the RNC had a policy until 2004 of erasing all e-mails on its servers after 30 days, including those by White House staffers, and because some of those staffers may have deleted e-mails on their own, the White House said it could not assure Congress that they have not violated the PRA, which requires the retention of official White House documents. The White House officials who may have broken the law include senior adviser Karl Rove, his deputies and much of their staffs.

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    August 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  19. charemor

    Assa, I mean Issa really should be in jail for his own past transgressions. How much time and money has he wasted on these pointless witch huts that have produced absolutely nothing? I thought the House was all about jobs.... where are they?

    August 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  20. John Thompson

    I remember Karl Rove and others in the Bush White House being accused of using personal e mail accounts to keep communications off the record. How did that investigation turn out?

    August 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      They just mooned everybody,

      August 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  21. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Now theres another real job creating activity just like they promised.

    August 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  22. Jack From Arkansas

    Issa is only trying to create a distraction to take the heat off Romney and his tax return debacle. It won't work. The Republican base has been so severly dumbed down, that is no longer possible for the GOP to nominate a viable candidate for president. Even with crushing amounts of money spent by the neo-con establishment, the establishment candidate is pulled so far to the right to win the nomination that he can't pull back to the center without alienating the base. Issa and his fellow Republicans should realize that White House staff personal e-mail accounts, Solyndra and the "fast and furious" are small potatoes compared to the polical poison of Romney hiding what's in his tax returns.

    Only 100 days out, these kinds of stunts are not going to gain any traction. This isn't even red meat for for the simpleton Republican base. More like a baloney sandwich.

    August 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
  23. batjones

    I thought Republicans wanted the government out of the lives of people. I guess Chairman Mao Issa threw away his memo from the Tea Party.

    August 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • NeverRed

      Good One. However it is a fact that the Tea Party only wants the government to leave *them* alone, everyone else is going to be legislated into being assault gun toting evangelical anti–gay/environemental/poor/union/conservationist/anti-choice fat white old men, for the most part.

      August 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
  24. Lee927

    Let the witch hunt begin......AGAIN! Doesn't this man have anything else better to do with his time besides wasting taxpayer's money on his ridiculous investigations. No wonder nothing gets done in Congress that will actually benefit the middle class when you have republicans like him running around looking to stir up trouble.

    August 3, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  25. Erich

    I wish we had ten of him to keep up with Obama's corrupt admin.Real Americans are waiting for heads to roll in November,lot's of them. My whole neighborhood is planning a huge "bye-bye commies party". We even asked the couple of libs in the area to come join us,but they had a nude bicycle race and a" bump and grind" Gay rally already planned,so they declined. No bother! Fun for all! Fireworks,American food,dancing,shooting contests,etc!! Decent folk having the time of their lives.

    August 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      So, it's called a neighborhood when two trailers sit next to each other?

      August 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
      • Erich

        Good One!

        August 5, 2012 at 5:38 am |
      • Cynthia L,

        Perfect, you can start investing with the sleaziest company in America. Goldman Sachs announce they are going into the privately-owned PRISONS business. It's their next new 'FREE MARKET PLAN" for us.
        Let's see, long-term residency is required to get the most bang-for-your-buck, you know, so you don't have to keep on the lookout for new guys. Keeping those jailhouses packed to the brim CHA-CHING!! Just think of all you can GET THOSE GOV"T SUBSIDES.

        August 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
  26. Larry

    When is this genius going to create one new job?

    August 3, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Jobs report 171,000 jobs created in July. Congress left to take the rest of August and part of Sept. off.

      August 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  27. ugogirl

    Are you kidding me idiot? You are dummer then you look! SMH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  28. mcskadittle

    only the republicans would put an actual criminal (car thief) as the chairman of the oversight committee

    August 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • Howard

      Only brain dead obama stooges would put an inexperienced radical, who voted 'present' 127 times, and spent 20 years in an anti-american church, to a position which determines the fate of America ... as well as the future of our children, and our children's children.

      August 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
      • Cynthia L,

        USA TODAY Aug. 5th Headline – Study finds that avoiding lies can improve your health -(I quote the article here)
        HONESTY may boost your health – TELLING FEWER LIES benefits people physically AND MENTALLY.

        August 6, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  29. Lonewolf

    How long are we going to have to put up with these hate filled GOPers! These haters just can't get over the fact that the majority of red blooded Americans voted for Obama! Instead of trying to fix the wows of of economy, they are only interested in trying to attack the President In Order to get back the white house at any cost. It is we the people who are suffering due to the hate filled politics of the party of no.

    August 4, 2012 at 12:04 am |
  30. Wayne

    Does this mean the car thief has no time for fast and furious anymore? Short attention span. Whatever will get him a headline I suppose.

    August 4, 2012 at 12:15 am |
  31. Kmac

    Perhaps members of Congress and C. Thomas's wife should do like wise. Best be careful what doors you open there big boy.

    August 4, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • Cynthia L,

      Open the doors and let the sunshine in !!

      August 6, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  32. david

    hay you bunch of do nothing house repub reps my mom used to tell me "if you can't find something productive to i will find you something for you to do"! just a few seconds later i would go find something to do and get out of her hair. i got an idea how about we trade the e-mails for old mittens tax returns than we can use them against each other and see who says uncle first. what do you think guys?

    August 4, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  33. SFRich

    Wow... Rep. Darrell Issa wants to see personal emails from the staff about the political discussions working toward the healthcare act. This a** is Sen. Joe McCarthy incarnate.

    Personally, I'd love to see the personal emails from Sen. Mitch McConnel, Rep. Boener, and others in the GOP cabal from 2009 when they joined together to become government obstructionists, vowing to do everything they could to make sure Obama was a one term president. Now that's putting party politics ahead of the needs of the American people.

    I have about as much chance of getting these as Darrell Assa (oops, misspelled... my bad) does the staff emails. Then again, I get no media points.

    As a California resident, I have long been aware of Issa's antics. He's a disgrace, and a prime example of what's wrong with American politics.

    August 4, 2012 at 1:08 am |
  34. TheLoneStar

    More witch hunting from the former alleged car thief.

    August 4, 2012 at 1:10 am |
  35. J.V.Hodgson

    My god he's just gone on a months holiday, will campaign like hell at the convention no doudbt and does not give flying F about the fiscal cliff the debt or the IMPORTANT INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT THIS TIME. I REALLY HOPE HE DOES NOT GET RE-ELECTED.

    August 4, 2012 at 4:24 am |
  36. Zipwizard

    We really need to boot as much of the crazy Tea Party out as possible in November. It is the only way to help this country move forward.

    August 4, 2012 at 5:27 am |

    The unhinged GOBP tea potty are acting out again. They are desperate at this point.

    August 4, 2012 at 6:26 am |
  38. Jules

    Here comes Issa with a new politically motivated attack. He just wants to find somebody guilty of something so he just keeps throwing mud at the wall hoping something sticks.

    August 4, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • Jonquil

      ...and this is what our tax dollars are paying for. Are you happy with what you bought, voters? A cracked "teapot" that can't hold water or serve the purpose it was intended to serve? Should we continue wasting taxpayer time and money on Tea Party antics?

      August 4, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  39. sim namore

    Where were these Republicans when Cheney conducted official business on Yahoo–for years on end, inciting wars and breaking the law at every turn? Where were they when Cheney rolled two large safes out of his office and refused disclosure required by Federal law? Did he apologize or address the issue? No. Our VP claimed he wasn't a member of the executive branch and continued to openly scoff Federal law at every turn. Where were they then? Cheney's illegal emails would have revealed criminal conspiracy–such as starting a war based on lies. Cheney used these account with criminal intent from the very beginning–this was the best way to cover his tracks and he knew that full well. Where were these defenders of justice then?

    August 4, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  40. BobMarshall

    What about all the employees' computers/hard drives that Romney bought & destroyed during his reign in Masschusetts? Can we see those?

    August 4, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  41. Jake

    @ All the republicans on here.........Lets Make A deal You get the email accounts when we get Mittens past 10 years of tax returns.

    August 4, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  42. Jake

    Like Mittens says" Put up oor shut up"

    August 4, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      Mitt not only erased the records and hard-drives of his time as govenor of Mass. HE ALSO DID the same at the end of his stint as Head of the Olympics in Utah. (the middle of nowhere compared to London's Olympics).
      When asked about the reasons Mitt would erase, confiscate or destroy public records a staff member openly said that it was (her words) "To keep polictically sensitve material from getting into the wrong hands to be used against us."
      SAY WHAT?? What the f**k is in those files?? The man didn't have reason to do that unless something unethical is going on. Later on, Mitt wanted to run for Senate of Mass. after he got back from his Olympic stint and again did something very strange, and sneaky. Mass. has a law that you must be a continuous resident of the state for 6 yrs. to be able to run for the Senate. Mitt claim that he was but, the Boston Globe journalists found out that isn't what he was telling the IRS as he was listing his Utah mansion, and taking state and federal tax deductions for that address. This is also where he muddies the water of his time at BAIN. Using BAIN as proof of his employment and residency in Mass. when people started to uncover his duplicity.
      It is a known fact that Mitt has had offshore bank accounts to avoid taxes. A while back the IRS, in effort to repatriate money that was made in this country and illegally shuffled to a foreign country to avoid paying taxes on it, GAVE AMNESTY to those folks IF they repatriated the funds within a given timeline OTHERWISE the IRS would start criminal prosecutions against them. This is what Mitt is hiding. When he says he had to pay alot of taxes IT WAS PROBABLY alot of fines to pay to keep from going to jail. Also, Harry Reid is not backing down on his claim that a source from Bain said that Romney hadn't paid taxes for 10yrs. and so the intrigue of follow the money continues.
      It is one thing to say you are a patriot and support your country but actions speak louder than words – Mitt LOVES HIS MONEY MORE!

      August 4, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  43. dzerres

    We are still waiting for the emails that were erased from when Romney was Governor and George Bush's entire email history from the White House that were "lost" from the server. Oh, and the FAA voice records of what went on on 9-11 – those "disappeared" too. Issa, let's start there and then catch up to the present. If I were Obama whether its the birth certificate of email records I would say "you show me yours and I'll gladly show you mine".

    August 4, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  44. Jack

    All Right Sir, You give the White House your email's, then you can have thw White House's emails

    August 4, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  45. Jonquil

    Sorry, Republicans, for forceful access to personal e-mail accounts, you'll need to actually charge people with crimes and get a search warrant. Or are Republicans now above our laws? Can they just demand things and people must deliver upon their demands?

    For the record, silly Republicans, noone is forcefully getting access to Mitt's tax returns. He can choose or choose not to disclose them - at will. Should he choose not to, it will make him look very, very bad. He doesn't have to do it, but he is running for The Presidency, so it would be in his best interests if he did.

    August 4, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  46. Michael

    These Republicans are constantly attacking 'privacy' issues with their continual fear-mongering tactics. No one can be trusted especially if they are liberals or democrats or gay or a different skin colour. These Republicans like former fascist regimes are all about power and security for themselves and their beliefs, right (always) or wrong (never).

    They scream (cry wolf) at shadows in the night and are so full of themselves they can't see beyond their gated-communities. I'm not just talking of their homes and businesses, but their closed minds to all changes taking place in the world. They believe in an out-of-date Constitution or bend its words to their narrow-minded thinking. They believe in the tough business world tactics which served them well in decades past, but have no idea where to go from here (why do you think they are sitting on their money? It's because they don't know what to do except blame others for what seems to be failures in their portfolios.).

    They are cowards screaming in the night. Do not be conned (again) by their crying, because if given control of Congress, the Senate and especially the White House, if you think Bush ruined this country, you have no idea how far they will go to stockpile their wealth to further protect them in a world they do not understand.

    August 4, 2012 at 10:23 am |
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  48. John

    Would somebody take that Issa idiot out back and bury him already? He smells awful! By the way, I want HIS personal email account opened up and examined for treasonous activities. NOW!

    August 4, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  49. judy

    this is whats known as a smoke screen. If we can't find something real lets muddy the waters. Isnt that what Harry reid has done and the repos are really upset by that one. Wheres your tax returns mittens?????

    August 4, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  50. clarke

    I just can't seem to control all these children, any one have any idea's. Maybe it's time to vote them out.

    August 4, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  51. Newmoon2

    Issa is such a derp. Someone give this cry-baby a pacifier and a LONG nap.

    August 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  52. republican hipocrites

    Darrel Issa top shining moments I won't explain them, they are numerous and too much typing, you can look them up if you are interested.
    1.Issa calls 9/11 a plane crash.
    2.Issa weeps over premature withdrawl from Gov race, he tried to recall Gray for Cali. blackouts but was later found to be Enron manipulation.
    3. Issa attacks families of killed Black water Contractors.
    4. Issa acuses Valerie Plame of perjury.
    5. Issa drives the firing of US attorney Carol Lam, the political purge of US attorneys.
    6. Issa blames software for white house Email destruction-opps
    7. Issa offers howard Krongard a ticket to the white house christmas party. fauxpau.
    8.Issa fources Jerry Nadler to withdraw truthful statement about Bush's illegal domestic surveillance
    9. Issa defends Roger Clemens against steroid allegations
    10. Issa blames his brother for past brushes with the law.
    And those are before 2010, what great things is and has he done since then.

    August 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  53. republican hipos

    Why are all my comments in moderation. I did not even curse.

    August 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  54. Mark

    Darrell Issa serves the Republican party first and the American people, not at all. He doesn't understand that the mark of a true statesman is one who bridges gaps, not creates them. He's just another Dick Cheney cookie-cutter errand-boy.

    August 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  55. Dottie 7

    I don’t know why the RNC is pretending not to understand what President Obama meant when he said “you didn’t do that,“ It is not about me, me, me, no man is an island, every successful person stand on the shoulders of many. Olympians were supported by family, friends, community, coach, school, etc; whereas without anyone of these things the outcome could have been different. No one stands alone!

    August 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
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  61. Cynthia L,

    The other day, Bush, in a rare television interview,was asked what he liked about being President.
    Did he say that he was honored serve the citizens of this country?.....NO
    Did he say 'I love my country'?..........No
    Did he say that he was honored to be the Commander-in-Chief of the MOST AWESOMELY BRAVE MILITARY IN THE WORLD?......NO

    He said THREE WORDS as an answer. They were....."Power and Fame.".....and then, he laughed.

    August 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  62. SMH

    Issa is a FOOL. GOP Report on Eric Holder just came out last week and it confirms what the DOJ has been saying all along. Now he wants to go on another TAIL SPIN. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY??

    This is obviously a witchunt and it stinks of obsession with the Obama Administration.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  63. Christopher

    Issa probably kisses a portrait of Kenneth Star each night before going to bed. Seriously though, there may be something there, but this guy is clearly on a political witch hunt!

    August 6, 2012 at 8:47 am |
  64. Al

    I will not deny that I dislike the party that is giving away my tax dollars to undeserving people. But when it comes to personal email if there is no warrant then they need to back off. The Republicans do not need to stoop the low levels that the Democrats have demonstrated. Let's just hit the Democrats with their Fast and Furious cover up, their need to raise taxes on the working to buy votes, let continue to remind the country of the great welfare and food stamp President that resides in office today.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Cynthia L,

      Dude, don't you ask why your own party isn't sticking around to provide help to the American people?? They are big about spending time mucking about in a woman's private parts to no end, they all collect their health insurance that we pay for and have the balls to try and take our chance at having just as good as a plan they have, hoping Rome burns. Don't you ask why John McCain voted for cuts that also include cuts to Border Security, the F.B.I., USDA Food Inspection, Nat'l Park closings, tens of thousand of teachers being laid off AND, TRUE TO THE REPUBLICAN NATURE BLAMING OBAMA FOR IT??
      You are dive-bombing along with John in a thrill-ride to destruction. Seat belts not optional and definetly NOT REQUIRED because it won't matter, either way, with, "Ya'll have a nice day now." coming over the loud speaker.
      Your party is over, we've been trying to clean up the mess but, you all continue to be passed-out on the couch oblivous to your puke stained shirts. I don't think you'll be invited back anytime soon.

      August 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  65. BLKMANnAmerica

    repuks are so DISGUSTING. Remember DEMS what goes around comes around, hope the DEMS do the same when they are in a majority in the House.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Andy in Minneapolis

      @ BLKMANnAmerica ... I disagree. I do not hope the D's do the same when they are in a majority in the House, I hope they do better.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        If the Dems do the same, I'll be happy to diss them, too.

        August 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm |

    Take a HIKE, Issa!

    August 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  67. Bob

    “The American people have a right to know that White House staff and federal officials are conducting the business of the government transparently and in accordance with record-keeping statutes,” Issa wrote in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew.

    But they could have cared less when the bush mis-admin deliberately LOST 5 MILLION emails......

    Issa needs to be impeached.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  68. Greg Starcevich

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    August 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
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    August 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  70. Exhausted Citizen

    The Bush/Rove team invented this tactic using private GOP mail servers instead of the White House mail servers so their messages couldn't be subpoenaed.

    August 19, 2012 at 2:43 am |