Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa California mugshot

Dishonorable Mention

In the course of his partisan witch hunt to hold the Attorney General in contempt, Rep. Darrell Issa knowingly broke disclosure laws.

During floor debate over a motion to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over the Fast and Furious operation, the California Republican inserted information from a sealed wiretap application into the Congressional Record.

Disclosing material from a sealed wiretap application without a judge’s permission violates federal law. Rep. Issa knew that he could shield himself from prosecution by including the information in the Congressional Record, which would be protected under the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause.

  • Six-term member of Congress representing California’s 49th district
  • Illegally published information from a sealed wiretap application in the Congressional Record
  • Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
  • One of three members from California named to CREW’s Most Corrupt
  • Appeared in CREW's Family Affair exposé 


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