Issa Butts Heads with Cummings, DOE Aide

by Betsy Woodruff

Yesterday was a bit rough for Representative Darrell Issa (R., Calif.). A Department of Energy aide stood him up, skipping out on a deposition hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, of which Issa is chairman. The Hill reported that Issa “sought the deposition of Morgan Wright in connection with the GOP probe of DOE’s embattled green energy loan program, in particular the use of private email accounts by DOE aides to discuss projects.” But it wasn’t to be. Morgan wrote a letter to Issa saying he hadn’t had time to obtain private counsel and, thus, wouldn’t show.

Issa fired back in a statement, saying,

This refusal to appear as ordered by a lawful subpoena only adds to the perception of wrongdoing and attempts to hide what really happened in the loan program office. Taxpayers will likely lose billions on the Obama Administration’s ill-conceived loan guarantee program and the appearance of cronyism only enhances the need for answers.

Representative Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) took Morgan’s side, saying he hadn’t had enough time. Issa, of course, disagrees. Politico described the relationship between the two, who also clashed over the committee’s treatment of Eric Holder and Fast and Furious, as “rocky from the start.”

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