Issa fires top aide
March 1st, 2011
01:18 PM ET
12 years ago

Issa fires top aide

Washington (CNN) - A top aide to California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has been fired after allegations that he improperly shared e-mails with a New York Times reporter surfaced Thursday, according to a statement from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Kurt Bardella, a spokesman and long-time aide for the chairman of the committee, is alleged to have shared e-mails from other reporters with Mark Leibovich, who is penning an inside baseball book about the political culture of Washington, D.C.

In the story first reported by Politico on Monday, Bardella and Leibovich were said to have been "cooperating extensively," and did not deny that the e-mails were shared when given the opportunity.

A statement released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, details Bardella's release. "While our review of allegations raised by Politico is not yet complete, it has become clear that the committee's Deputy Communications Director Kurt Bardella did share reporter e-mail correspondence with New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich for a book project. Though limited, these actions were highly inappropriate, a basic breach of trust with the reporters it was his job to assist, and inconsistent with established communications office policies. As a consequence, his employment has been terminated."

CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report.

Filed under: Darrell Issa
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Liberal4Obama

    He Issa Corrupt Politician

    March 1, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Good job. Leakers need be be fired when discovered. Totally unacceptable especialyy after the Wikileaks disaster.

    March 1, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Yeah, whatever. "Mein Fuhrer, der hast been ein breach auf die sekurity of our sekrecy systems!!!" "Burn him with the others." lol...I dunno if that's more insulting to Germans or the GOP...

    March 1, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hopefully, he will reveal the real Issa in a tell all book.

    March 1, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Laverne

    I wish the headline read "Issa Got Fired"!

    March 1, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    Issa plans to fire himself later this week for being a closet IDIOT.

    March 1, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |