Oversight Committee Democrats to Issa: Withdraw Park subpoena
November 11th, 2013
05:55 PM ET
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Oversight Committee Democrats to Issa: Withdraw Park subpoena

Washington (CNN) - Two Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have asked the panel’s chairman to withdraw his Obamacare subpoena of the White House chief technology officer, according to a letter sent Monday.

In the letter released to reporters, Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Gerald Connolly of Virginia called Rep. Darrell Issa’s subpoena of Todd Park “unnecessary and misguided,” and said it was part of a “predetermined political strategy rather than a constructive effort to conduct responsible oversight.”

The California Republican subpoenaed Park on Friday, saying he had refused to testify at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday on the rocky rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.

“Your unwillingness to appear before the committee continues an unfortunate pattern of the current administration when it comes to matters of transparency and congressional oversight,” Issa wrote in a letter to Park.

Connolly and Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the Oversight panel, argued that Issa mischaracterized a proposed delay by Park in testifying as a refusal to do so.

“When Mr. Park received your invitation to testify, his immediate response, as conveyed by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, was to agree to testify before the Committee, but to request a short delay while the lion’s share of fixes to Healthcare.gov are being implemented in November,” Cummings and Connolly wrote, noting that Park also offered to give a briefing to Congress.

“He did not request a delay of months, but of weeks.”

The delay is necessary, the two Democrats argued, because preparing for a congressional hearing would take away from time needed to fix the beleaguered website.

“Mr. Park has been a key leader in around-the-clock efforts to improve the functionality of the HealthCare.gov website, and diverting Mr. Park’s energies at this moment could seriously impair those efforts.”

Democrats have criticized Issa and other Republicans for their sustained assault on HealthCare.gov and the law that created it in heated congressional hearings over the past few weeks.

Democrats argue the hearings and Issa’s multiple subpoenas of Obama administration officials, are politically motivated.

Issa has said he’s interested only in the truth.

–CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


Filed under: Darrell Issa • Elijah Cummings • Health care • Obamacare
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Mike in Texas

    Issa is only interested in "his" truth. If it doesn't make Obama look bad then he doesn't give a rat's behind.

    November 11, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    This idiot is wasting tax dollars. It is Glitch, they are fixing. Insurance cancellation occurs when new law takes effect. Quite normal.

    November 11, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. T

    ..............How about asking Issa about those MISSING CARS ....

    November 11, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. king

    issa issa issa. this is getting more crazy every day. issa only thng in his job discription is to cause problem for this president. i havent seen him investigate anything or anyone other than fake scandal against this president. is this president the only job he has to investigate. why dont he investigate all those repubs who are blocking everything in congress, and not doing the people job. oh i forgot he is one of them.

    November 11, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Name steve

    The administration will spare nothing to hode the truth and all we hear is I AM sorry. That is the only thing they have said that makes since this is a sorry administraton

    November 11, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Issa will always get to the bottom of the issue ?

    And when he is wrong he will promptly forget about it.

    What was the outcome of Fast and Furious ?

    What was the outcome of Benghazi ?

    What was the outcome of his IRS investigation ?

    If you answered NOTHING to all three , you are right .

    November 11, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Name

    He says that "he's only interested in the truth"... is that the republican truth or realities truth? We all know how different the two can be

    November 11, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Borderless

    Ya, we need Park back at work. He's done such a stellar job so far.

    November 11, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. Tigas

    Why wasn't the Obamacare website operational on October 1st in the first place?

    November 11, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. John

    Issa ia patriot or Issa a partisan?
    Benghazi? Ignored 13 emabassy attacks resulting on 77 deaths during Bush but the one attack & 4 deaths is a crisis..

    Health Care..? GOP came up with the idea in 91 to counter Hilary, but now it is the most dangerous idea in history?

    PARTISAN

    November 11, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. Liz the First

    Repugs hate Obamacare so much they're willing to destroy our economy over it, and now we're supposed to believe they care if the web site works? and now they're actually trying to sabotage its fix by dragging a key person in the fixing away to sit all day and listen to their nonsense. if anyone votes for these clowns in '14, they need to have their head examined!!!

    November 11, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. simplefaith

    It never ends. Why would Issa want to take Park away from the fixing of the ACA Healthcare website? American people want to sign up before the deadline. The constant interruptions ISSA makes on the this administration is so revealing and continues to show the American people what an idiot he is and the Republican party as toxic.

    November 11, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. jinx9to88

    "Issa has said he’s interested only in the truth." Issa we already know the website doesn't work you pathetic excuse for a representative. How about you and your cronies worry about the unemployed or are you saying the GOP lied about jobs, jobs and jobs back in 2010?

    November 11, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. Former republican, now an independent

    These congressmen are absolutely correct! Issa is wasting taxpayer money at extreme levels on these "witch hunts" that are nothing more than stunts to try to achieve political gain. This car thief should be serving prison time and only the current day republican party would elect such a person. The GOP needs to clean their house of these thugs and fanatics and move back toward the center, or they will allow the tea party to destroy the party entirely!

    November 11, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Evergreen

    Issa is making a Federal case over website glitches. When ever I think things can't anymore ridiculous, in steps Issa. Investigate the 24 billion dollars that was wasted in a 16 day hostage shutdown of the government.

    November 11, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. S. B. Stein

    Issa needs to understand what he is asking for because I don't think that he does at the moment. Just because one part isn't working now doesn't mean that it won't in the future. If he doesn't like the law, then offer an alternative which hasn't been done by the GOP.

    November 11, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. Mitch

    Well mr.issa truth is,,,republicans like yourself are a bunch of non producing bums.

    November 11, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. Jack

    I can understand asking for a delay. But I was always taught. If your going to tell the truth and have nothing to hide. The sooner the better to get it out while it is fresh in your memory. Playing politics must be different. I guess it can take some time to cover up or ms-led a room full of people.

    November 11, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  19. Jack

    The other thing i must add. Being a tech myself, I know that when you have a project to do. The last thing you need is to be interrupted. Why can' t it wait till after he has finished his project.? It is more logical to wait and then get the whole story.

    November 11, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. Name Uche Agonsi

    how...how....how does US politics reach this point where individual party does EVERYTHING possible to destroy the other, including the very people they are protecting, just to win an election. Its a situation that amount to "throwing the baby and the bath".

    November 11, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  21. Iamnotfooled

    Talk about a waste of tax payers money. Issa has not been able to prove a thing against this administration. One only has to Google Issa and his bio to know who the REAL crook is.

    November 12, 2013 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  22. J.V.Hodgson

    These two guys are 100 % correct Hissey fit Issa, is a off again going nowhere!!
    Other than saying no, he he you screwed up... oK yeah but are you gonna help fix the problem?
    = no way Jose and welcome to a democratic White house win in 2016!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    November 12, 2013 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  23. Maripil

    Issa is a FRAUD!! He is a big HYPOCRITE!! He is wasting tax payers money for incessant futile investigations that do not resolve anything except to advance his idiotic cause!! This guy should be booted out of office!!

    November 12, 2013 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  24. Maripil

    Issa is a fraud and an idiot!! He is using his position for self-agrandisement !!

    November 12, 2013 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  25. Warren

    Issa has said he’s interested only in the truth.

    And I have a bridge for sale. The only thing he is interested in is have his name being out there, and anything he can do to discredit The President of the United States. You want you name out there? Subpoena the GOP over the SHUT DOWN..Lets get to the bottom of that..

    November 12, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |