Issa’s stern warning to Sebelius: ‘Obstructing a Congressional investigation is a crime’

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa sent a stern warning to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday night: Obstructing a congressional investigation is a criminal offense.

At issue are the “attempts by the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit contractors working on from cooperating with congressional investigators,” and Issa informed Sebelius in a letter that this obstruction is criminal.

“The Department’s hostility toward questions from Congress and the media about the implementation of Obamacare is well known,” Issa wrote.

Issa called out an HHS instruction to a contractor, Creative Computing Solutions, Inc., to not comply with the Oversight Committee’s request for documents, saying that the department would answer Congress on its behalf.

“The Department’s most recent effort to stonewall, however, has morphed from mere obstinacy into criminal obstruction of a congressional investigation,” he said.

“In fact, it strains credulity to such an extent that it creates the appearance that the Department is using the threat of litigation to deter private companies from cooperating with Congress.

“Obstructing a Congressional investigation is a crime,” Issa wrote. “It is widely understood that private citizens and companies cannot contract away their duty to comply with a congressional request for documents.”

“Furthermore, the Department’s instruction to CCSI and other contractors not to respond to congressional document requests runs afoul of a federal statute that prohibits interfering with an employees’ right to furnish information to Congress.

Issa ordered Sebelius to direct all [HHS] employees “to cease obstructing the Committee’s investigation of the implementation of the ACA through”

“It is my expectation that you and your staff will have no further communication with the contractors in question regarding the Committee’s requests for documents and information,” Issa concluded. “I remind you that an October 30, 2013, subpoena issued to you—which remains in effect—would capture the information that I requested from contractors.”

Read Issa’s letter here.

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  • daddycrc

    But holder is in charge of Justice Dept, Nothing will be done to her. He’s prob his bosses an her lover. We all know Holder kisses “A”ss

  • robertdavidhummel

    Makes sense to me…A private citizen is already COERSED to Purchase a Government Item, That we DON’T Want, DON’T Need, and CANNOT Afford….BUT The LAW IS THE …”LAW”"…IF I DO NOT FOLLOW THE ‘DEMOCRATIC MADE LAW”….I WILL BE CHARGED, Quartered and Dimed to DEATH WITH-IN THEIR>>>RULE of LAW.

  • Dan Gilmartin

    Who exactly will enforce the breach of criminal law? The Justice Department? Good grief.

    • lovinspoonful

      I think the can get a Special Prosecutor to enforce that.

  • Darlene Ingersoll

    this whole Adm. has contaminated everyone they have hired, to refuge any accountability on their jobs or the office their were hired to do. it all stems from Obamas attitude for other branches of Govt.

  • Jessica Hawke

    The real obstructionists are the Democrats.

  • Teletwang101

    As long as the justice department is ran by criminals, no justice will be done.

  • David Ewers

    Lets see Issa started this BS with F&F, then Benghazi, the IRS and he found nothing! Just another man looking to make his mark. Just like Cruz he is nothing but a joke! Tne Tea party now has a approval rating all across America less than 30%. Soon it will in the same class as the do-do bird

  • gregzotta

    “House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell
    Issa sent a stern warning to Department of Health and Human Services
    SecretaryKathleen SebeliusWednesday night: Obstructing a congressional
    investigation is a criminal offense.” Then stop talking about it and start
    doing something about it. Impeachment begins in the House and file criminal
    charges against her.

  • Randy Coombes

    And another few months go by and the “warnings” from Issa keep coming but nothing will ever come of the threats. It’s the way the fraternity works…say one thing, do another. Nothing will ever come of the threats to Sebelius. Issa has to make those threats as a matter of record but at the end of the day, it’ll be ignored. Why? Issa and his committee have all of the evidence in hand, at this very moment, to put Sebelius behind bars and they haven’t issued a warrant for her arrest. Why? Because she’s part of the club and it makes no difference if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, they watch each other’s backs when it comes to malfeasance.

  • Doug

    Issa’s on a roll. Every day he achieves something new.