Barack Obama and Jordy Yager of the Associated Press enjoy a quiet moment together.
White House-friendly AP reporter Jordy Yager, always the first to get any administration docu-dump, is carrying the meme again: "As House GOP's chief watchdog, Rep. Issa treads carefully."
Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) role as chief watchdog for the House GOP has put him in the awkward position of investigating programs that were strongly supported by many of his Republican colleagues.
Whether it’s the Energy Department loans that Issa and scores of other Republican lawmakers lobbied for on behalf of companies in their home states, or a series of botched gun-tracking operations that used controversial tactics begun under President George W. Bush, Issa has had to strike a balance between shining the spotlight on government inefficiencies and not making Republicans look bad. . .
For more than six months, Issa has been investigating the botched gun-tracking operation, Fast and Furious, which oversaw the sale of thousands of firearms to known and suspected straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels in the Southwest border region.
The head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was removed, and the U.S. attorney for Arizona resigned, but Issa has vowed to uncover all of those responsible for approving the controversial and highly frowned upon “gun walking” tactics employed in the operation.
Throughout the course of his investigation, however, it was brought to light that a very similar operation, Wide Receiver, was run using nearly identical tactics under Bush.
Issa has not devoted much public attention to the Wide Receiver case so far, though he’s said he would look into it as he has continued to pressure the Obama administration for answers on Fast and Furious, which might have contributed to the death of at least one Border Patrol agent.