Darrell Issa Demands Details On Military Prostitution Ring

The Lake Elsinore-Wildomar representative is requesting specific information.

Rep. Darrell Issa today wrote to Department of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requesting a briefing and detailed information about the investigation surrounding the 12 military personnel implicated in the prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia.  

Issa, who also serves as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, co-authored the letter with Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Committee's Ranking Member. Issa is the representative elected to serve Lake Elsinore and Wildomar.

“Our nation's capacity to protect the President, the Vice President, and other high-ranking officials when they travel abroad, depends on the strong character and sound judgment of uniformed military personnel who, along with the U.S. Secret Service plan and implement those trips,” the two lawmakers wrote to Panetta. “The recent actions of a group of uniformed military personnel on assignment in Cartagena, Colombia, showed an alarming lack of both.” 

As the internal investigations continue, Issa and Cummings are requesting specific information to include the following:  

  • A detailed description of the Defense Department’s current understanding of the possible misconduct of Department personnel that occurred in Cartagena on the evening of Wednesday, April 11, and the morning of Thursday, April 12
  • A description of violations of any laws, rules, regulations, operating procedures, or security protocols that may have occurred in connection with these events
  • A description of the efforts of the Defense Department and other law enforcement agencies to determine if Department personnel have engaged in similar conduct and rules violations in past similar overseas official trips

Issa and Cummings’s letter to Panetta requests the delivery of relevant documents no later than May 8.

On April 18, Issa and Cummings wrote a similar letter to Director of the U.S. Secret Service Mark Sullivan.  -- Frederick R. Hill, director of communications for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee

TomPF April 26, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Issa wouldn't be so busy in his committee chairman role if the administration would stop engaging in so many scandals! He's a good guy who represents us well in Washington. He doesn't have to "bring home the bacon" to be a "good" Congressman. He needs to listen to his constituents (US!!) and vote accordingly. He does that.
Warner Huxtable April 26, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Eh that's not quite an excuse. Scandals used to be borderline illegal stuff like Watergate or Iran-Contra. Now whenever someone picks their nose each side manufactures outrage and calls it racist or anti-American or some other nonsense. None of Issa's investigations are going to go anywhere important. Though that in and of itself doesn't disqualify him. His actions pretty much reflect what his constituents want.
Tonto April 27, 2012 at 01:03 AM
We have a so called president with a fake social security number, fake draft card, and a fake birth certificate. Whats a few whores running around compared to that ?
Brad April 27, 2012 at 06:40 AM
I requested assistance from his office on a matter and just got the run around from a Junior level employee. I've now lost total confidence in Darrell Issa. Anybody else remember his robo calling machine that said that "IT WOULD KEEP CALLING UNTIL YOU ANSWERED ALL THE QUESTIONS". I found some of the questions to be invasive. I have not received satisfactory help from his office to this day.
Popeye April 29, 2012 at 02:17 PM
What for..you must be asleep if you did not know this type of behavior has been going on for many years. You must not have a military background...


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