The Repubican Party in D.C. isn’t exactly loaded up with street fighters who’re willing to go toe-to-toe with the Obama Administration in order to protect the country, but Darrell Issa is cut out of a different mold than most of these wimps.
The lead congressman investigating HealthCare.gov’s dismal performance during its first two months online ratcheted up the executive-congressional conflict on Wednesday, accusing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of criminal obstruction of his investigation.
The dispute centers around a letter the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent to a contractor that worked on the online health insurance marketplace, directing it not to turn over correspondence and other documents to congressional investigators and stating CMS would manage any congressional inquiries.
That letter amounted to “criminal obstruction” of a congressional investigation,” according to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
“Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime,” Issa said in a statement. “The federal obstruction laws reflect the fact that Congress’ right of access to information is constitutionally based and critical to the integrity and effectiveness of our oversight and investigative activities.”
While I think we should be very careful about tossing around potential criminal charges over political matters, if these charges are true, Sebelius broke the law and there should be real consequences for that. For too long, the Republican Party has been allowing the Obama administration to run roughshod over the Constitution, ignore the rules and break the law with impunity and it’s long since time they said, “No more.” This is a good start.