After President Obama on Sunday called out Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for touting a bill signed by Obama in a “shameless” campaign mailer, the Republican congressman responded by railing against the President’s “serious scandals.”
“I’m disappointed but not surprised that the president, in a political speech, continues to deny accountability for the serious scandals that happened under his watch where Americans died overseas and veterans have died here at home,” Issa said in a statement obtained by CNN. “You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who thinks I’ve done too much to hold Washington accountable. I’ve worked with the administration on good legislation where it was possible, and called out wrongdoing wherever I saw it, and will continue to do so.”
During a Sunday fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in California, Obama noted the irony in Issa’s campaign material touting a bill signed by the President after the congressman led several investigations into the administration as chair of the House Oversight Committee.
“Now, that is the definition of chutzpah,” Obama said. “Here’s a guy who called my administration perhaps the most corrupt in history — despite the fact that actually we have not had a major scandal in my administration — that, when Trump was suggesting that I wasn’t even born here, said, well, I don’t know, was not sure. We can pull up the quotes.”
The President said that Issa’s “primary contribution to the United States Congress has been to obstruct and to waste taxpayer dollar on trumped-up investigations that have led nowhere.”