Likening him to another former House Oversight Committee chair in Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), MSNBC host Rachel Maddow pointed out Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) propensity to mishandle sensitive government information in his quest to undermine President Barack Obama.
Issa, she said on Tuesday, “is a human sieve. He’s a piece of tupperware where the lid shrunk in the dishwasher, but the container never did. And now it’s never really going to close again. It’s not air-tight. It doesn’t hold water.”
Unlike Burton — an avowed enemy of then-President Bill Clinton who issued more than 1,000 subpoenas during his tenure atop the committee — Issa “doesn’t seem to be able to stop himself,” Maddow said, pointing out that the California Republican released court-sealed documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gun sales investigation, supposedly because his office forgot about the court order.
Issa’s indiscretions, Maddow explained, had led fellow committee members to complain that their group was no longer trusted with secret material, citing a leak to CNN regarding security information for the government healthcare exchange website. The White House also refused to release the material, arguing that it could provide would-be hackers with a “blueprint” for attacking the site.
“These are obviously really, really sensitive documents,” Maddow said. “And if there’s one thing that Darrell Issa has shown he has no capacity to handle responsibly, it is really sensitive documents.”
“Darrell Issa is not the most amazing member of Congress ever,” Maddow said, before referring to one of Burton’s conspiracy theories. “But he is right up there. He’s never shot a watermelon, as best as we know. But give him time.”
Watch Maddow’s commentary, as aired on Tuesday on MSNBC, below.