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September 13, 2011

As Issa Digs Into Fast and Furious, Surprise!, Liberal Advocacy Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Him

The complaint filed states that Darrell Issa smuggled semi-automatic AK-47s to Mexican drug cartels, who then used those guns to kill Mexican Attorney Generals and US Border Agents.

Oh wait, that's the charge against Obama.

The charge against Issa? Some of that there crony capitalism that's goin' round.

The five-page complaint, which was obtained by The Hill, accuses Issa of using his position as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to add to his multimillion-dollar fortune.

An Issa spokesman on Monday said the allegations have absolutely no merit and are part of a smear campaign spearheaded by the White House.

The complaint alleges that Issa pressured the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to halt an investigation of Goldman Sachs shortly after he bought a huge stake in one of Goldman’s high-yield mutual funds.

It also claims Issa used his authority to improperly defend Merrill Lynch, a firm with “which he has a significant financial interest,” the document states.

Isn't Goldman Sachs Obama's biggest donor (top ten, at least), and hasn't Obama done a lot of favors for Goldman?

Just curious.

Of course, by the new standard pushed forth by the Palinites (desperate to kneecap all other candidates to make space for a hypothetical Palin candidacy/media tour), Issa is guilty, because all you need to allege is government action occurring in proximity to some personally-benefiting action. You don't need to prove corruption or bad motive; you just need to demonstrate that X happened at about the same time as Y, case closed.

(Except for Palin, who is immune to this res ipso loquitor automatic-liability rule.)

Thanks to Adam "Jayne F'n' Cobb" Baldwin.


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