California Republican Rep. Darrel Issa, the richest man in Congress, is now the head of the House Oversight Committee, and with the chairman of the Subcommittee on National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Information Policy and Census, is responsible for the oversight of the JFK Act, although they have not held a hearing or any oversight of this law since the year before the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) disbanded over a decade ago.
When the Republicans controlled the House of Reps. for a decade in the 1990s, they did not coduct any oversight at all, and while we expected the Democrats to at least hold some superficial public hearings when they took over for two years, they too failed to conduct any oversight, apparently following the administration’s request they don’t “rock the boat.”
Well now the Republicans are back in the driver’s seat, at least in the House, and they control the agenda and schedule the hearings, and Issa did rock the boat by requesting information on the government’s response to the Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests, which was viewed as a Repubican attack on the Democratic administration handling of things rather than a real attempt at oversight or transparancy.
His father is from Lebanon, and he has interests in protecting American interests in the Middle East.
Darrel Issa, originally from Cleveland, served in the U.S. Army, and was once arrested for car theft, after which he devised some mechanical contraption that helps prevent auto theft, which sold well and made him his millions. Now living in California, he represents a district that is located just north of San Diego and south of LA