The Democrats’ recent public announcement of Darryl Issa’s trip to Libya may have put his life in danger.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) traveled to Libya for the next stages of the Benghazi scandal investigation last week – leaving the United States on Sunday, September 22, and returning safely on Wednesday, September 25., but the chairman’s safety may have been compromised because of the activities of the leading Democrat on the committee.
There’s no love lost between Darryl Issa and the Maryland Democratic House Oversight Committee Ranking Member, Elijah Cummings. In October of 2012, TV Journalist Bob Schieffer host of the public affairs show, “Face the Nation”, asked the Obama administration to send a representative to his show to discuss the tragedy of Benghazi. Not surprisingly, they refused so Cummings went instead. On the show, Cummings stated that Benghazi was a horrible tragedy, indicating that he will support searching down the killers and bringing them to justice. He said they rushed to a hearing and don’t have evidence yet, and he’s still gathering evidence in search of facts; there are a lot of things to be addressed. . He blamed Representative Darryl Issa for apparently trying to give Romney talking points for the election. Cummings even called the Republicans conspiracists and tried to blame Republicans for cutting the budget for embassy security and of conducting a witch hunt.
Before Issa’s trip last week, Rep. Elijah Cummings issued a press release asking Issa to postpone his trip until he allows Democrats to join him. He could have privately talked to Issa, but he decided to make it public.
In the press release, Cummings laid out the facts, “Although you claim that your investigation of the Benghazi attacks is bipartisan, your efforts to secretly plan an official trip to Libya — and then deliberately exclude Democrats from joining — is part of an unfortunate pattern of partisanship that undermines the credibility of this investigation,” Cummings wrote. “The problem with these actions is that they effectively deny Democratic Members the ability to effectively investigate this incident.”
The Issa team was not happy and responded that “Ranking Member Elijah Cummings’ reckless release of information was not going to deter Chairman Issa from conducting his oversight responsibilities in the wake of the Benghazi tragedy,”
After Cummings announced the trip, an internal State Department document, first posted by CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson, showed that the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli reported a Libyan national known as "Eyad" had made threats against Issa’s life.
Fortunately, Representative Issa returned home safely in spite of Cummings’ press release.