With New-Found Subpoena Power, Issa Says He'll Investigate George W. Bush

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (CA), who is expected to become the co-chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has made it clear that he plans to use his new-found subpoena power to investigate President Obama for everything from his supposed ties to ACORN to "climate-gate" to his administration's response to the BP oil spill.

But here's a welcome surprise: In an interview last night on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown, Issa claimed he would also investigate former President George W. Bush.

I’m going to be investigating a president of my own party, because many of the issues we’re working on began [with] President Bush or even before, and haven’t been solved....When we look at the failures of Freddie [Mac] and Fannie [Mae], the Countrywide scandal, those all began during President Bush’s time. When we look at Mineral Management Service and the ultimate failure in the Gulf, that began years before. I’m hoping to bridge the multiple administrations in as many places as possible. The enemy is the bureaucracy, not necessarily the current occupant of the White House.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 4, 2010, 3:52am