CHICAGO POLITICS: Obama Administration Pushed Media to Publish Dirt on Darrell Issa
In June, Obama adviser David Plouffe accused Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) of being an arsonist car thief. Issa is House Oversight Committee Chairman and is investigating the Obama IRS for illegally targeting conservatives.
Strong words from Mr Grand Theft Auto and suspected arsonist/insurance swindler. And loose ethically today.thehill.com/video/house/30…
— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) June 2, 2013
This followed Plouffe’s horrible lie that the IRS scandal targeting 292 conservative groups and unknown numbers of conservative donors “was not a political pursuit.”
It wasn’t the first time.
The Obama administration has reportedly been pushing dirt on Rep. Issa for years.
The Washington Post reported:
In the summer of 2010, with Republicans poised to take over the House and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in line to lead the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the White House started urging reporters to write negative stories about the congressman’s past, a new book says.
New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich describes what he says were the anti-Issa efforts in “This Town,” a condemnation of Washington self-obsession and self-promotion, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Post.
According to Leibovich, former Obama deputy press secretary Bill Burton and suggested the reporter look into Issa’s past.