Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa’s patience is apparently wearing thin.
In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Issa pointedly reminded her that obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime.
The obtuse Sebelius, who this week has veered from saying the government’s healthcare website is working fine to calling for an investigation of the management decisions that created the near billion-dollar wreck that was supposed to be her baby, has not been complying with Issa’s requests for documentation.
It’s working up to be another Fast and Furious, Attorney General Eric Holder’s scandal that was also being investigated by Congress until President Obama intervened with a presidential order.
In this case, however, HHS has actually ordered its Obamacare contractors to keep mum.
“The Department subsequently instructed those companies not to comply with the Committee’s request,” Issa wrote. “The Department’s hostility toward questions from Congress and the media about the implementation of Obamcare is well known. The Department’s most recent effort to stonewall, however, has morphed from mere obstinacy into criminal obstruction of a congressional investigation.”
The HHS’s stonewalling effort hinges on a nondisclosure clause in contracts for the Healthcare.gov website, which prohibits contractors from revealing information with explicit permission from an HHS subagency.
“Private citizens and companies cannot contract away their duty to comply with a congressional request for documents,” Issa wrote. He also reminded Sebelius that she was served with a subpoena in October that she is still legally required to respond to.
So what is our feckless president doing while Obamacare, his legislative legacy, crashes and burns, and his chief lackey on the project, Sebelius, dodges and deflects for him?
Obama was at the Nelson Mandela memorial flirting and taking selfies with the buxom and leggy Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on international television right under the glowering gaze of his wife, Michelle.
With fires to tend to back home, and surrounded by mourners at what was supposed to be a solemn occasion of state, Obama decided to joke and flirt like a randy frat boy with the middle-aged hottie sitting next to him.
At least Nero just played the fiddle.