President Donald Trump on Wednesday named retiring Rep. Darrell Issa to move the U.S. Commerce and Improvement Company, establishing what may very well be a contentious affirmation battle within the Senate.
As former Home Oversight Committee chairman, the nine-term congressman constructed a reputation for himself by dogging the Obama Administration for years. He turned the IRS upside-down by accusing prime officers of concentrating on conservative teams for political functions, led the cost to carry former Lawyer Common Eric Holder in contempt, and accused President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton of making an attempt to masking up the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist assaults in 2012.
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That’s left him nearly friendless on the left, which may very well be problematic for his affirmation in a chamber with a really slim GOP majority.
Trump’s determination to call Issa USTDA director comes simply weeks earlier than Issa was set to retire from politics. Because of the altering demographics in his Southern California district, Issa’s once-safe GOP seat has change into a prime goal for Democrats.
Issa barely gained his reelection final yr, squeaking by with solely a pair thousand extra votes than his Democratic challenger.
Issa briefly thought of operating for Rep. Duncan Hunter’s extra conservative neighboring seat ought to the now-indicted Californian retire. However Hunter refused to budge, promising GOP leaders he was harmless and that his title could be cleared.
If confirmed, Issa would take the helm of the commerce company as Trump upends commerce offers and tries to renegotiate extra favorable phrases for the U.S. Issa has been a supporter of these robust commerce insurance policies. He often seems on Fox Information praising the president.
Earlier than operating for Congress, Issa constructed a small enterprise and made himself a fortune within the know-how sector. Issa additionally served within the Military and is a former chairman of the Client Electronics Affiliation.