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5/21/2013 (10 months ago)

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On Benghazi, Clinton must remember who 'told her what, or, more importantly, who didn't tell her something'

As inquiry rises even higher in the Benghazi attack, it's highly likely that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may return to testify. House Oversight and Government Reform chairman Darrell Issa, says that if Clinton does return, she had better be prepared.

Darrell Issa has held the coveted position of chairmanship of the oversight committee for over two years. It's only recently that Obama-administration scandals have truly become the focus of Washington.

Darrell Issa has held the coveted position of chairmanship of the oversight committee for over two years. It's only recently that Obama-administration scandals have truly become the focus of Washington.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/21/2013 (10 months ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Darrell Issa, Hillary Clintopn, Benghazi, scandal, hearing


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "We are interviewing lots of people, most of them under oath," Issa says, describing the "methodical" approach his committee has been using. "We're going to go through . . . that so that if we bring Secretary Clinton back, we bring her back when we have a lot of questions, including who told her what, or, more importantly, who didn't tell her something, and why" Issa says.

Issa has held the coveted position of chairmanship of the oversight committee for over two years. It's only recently that Obama-administration scandals have truly become the focus of Washington.

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer when queried about the trio of scandals on the Sunday shows this past weekend, actually prompted sympathy from some members of the media.

"He was spinning truth into lie, wasn't he? He was like Baghdad Bob!" Issa says who figured prominently in Pfeiffer's responses. After it was revealed that senior Treasury Department officials knew about the IRS inspector general's inquiry prior to the November election, Democrats have suggested that Issa knew, too.

In his defense, Issa says he knew about the investigation only because he asked for it in the first place. "It was a completely opaque process to us and we had no pre-warning that the IG was nearing" the end of his work, the congressman says, "or that he'd reached conclusions."

The hearing on Benghazi held on May 8 was perhaps Issa's biggest success yet as chairman. In closed-door meetings with chairmen of other committees, he has attributed the success to careful planning and urged his colleagues to take their time with investigative hearings.

"There's an old expression among lawyers, 'Don't ask a question unless you know the answer.' Going to a hearing and going fishing for five minutes, knowing that a good witness and a bad witness both want to ramble on for a long time, is kind of a waste," Issa says.

"When [Representative] Trey Gowdy asks questions, to the greatest extent possible, he knows what the truth is, so he can cut off, agree or disagree with, a witness and move on using 30 seconds to a minute at most, and you can get five good questions and answers in" during each congressman's five minutes, Issa explains.

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