Issa plans Libya trip as part of probe into Obama’s actions

Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Republican Representative Darrell Issa, a leader of the congressional charge to investigate the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi attacks, is scheduled to travel to Libya next week as part of the probe, according to documents made public on Friday.

An itinerary for the trip said Issa was leaving on Sunday for a trip to Libya that may include a visit to the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli and a working lunch.

It did not say whether Issa, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, would travel to Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans were killed by militants on September 11, 2012.

Details on the trip were not available, including security arrangements.

Republicans and Democrats have been waging a political battle over Benghazi since the attacks.

Both parties say the incident exposed security lapses that must be addressed. But many Republicans accuse Democrats of a coverup to protect President Barack Obama as he ran for re-election, and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, considered a leading 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.

Issa’s office declined to comment on the matter, including a complaint from committee Democrats that the planned trip would violate rules he put in place when he became the panel’s chairman in April 2011.

Those rules included a stipulation that all committee-authorized foreign travel be bipartisan, which would be impossible in this case because Democrats learned of the trip only two days before it was due to begin, Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the panel, wrote in a letter.

“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,” he wrote.

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3 Responses to "Issa plans Libya trip as part of probe into Obama’s actions"

  1. Helen Rainier  September 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Darrell Issa — once a con man always a con man. I seriously doubt he really needs to make a trip to Libya.

  2. David Howard  September 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Christopher Stevens was assassinated for asking questions about the Lockerbie bombing. Google “Quadri-Track ZCT”

  3. Sandy Price  September 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I begzn adding to my S.S. account in the mid 1950′s and worked solidly when I wasn’t having my family. My husband covered the cost of delivery. During our divorce I got custody of his son. I had no insurance coverage until I was 65. Frpm 65 to 80 I paid into Medicare at $100 per month. At that time I settled on my current company. Several times I was changed when another Insurance group bought out my contract. I had no choice with this change.

    I have no addictions or sickness. I have arthritis which is par for the course at my advanced age. I work out in the many pools we have here in the area.
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    If I had to call on Issa for assistance in amy way, I would move across the border immediately. His personal hatred for President Obama is frightening. I’ve had an easy life and carried my weight of responsibility.

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