View Full Version : Issa urges firing of Amtrak chief, counsel

01-25-2011, 08:46 AM
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A powerful House Republican wants Amtrak’s chairman and top lawyer fired.

Rep. Darrell Issa of California, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a recent letter to Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV that both Amtrak Chairman Thomas Carper and General Counsel Eleanor Acheson “unlawfully interfered” with the independence of the rail agency’s Office of Inspector General.

Mr. Issa’s firing call comes months after he and Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, released a joint investigation that accused Amtrak of violating federal rules by failing to inform Congress about the 2009 removal of the rail agency’s longtime inspector general, Fred Weiderhold.

The report also said Mr. Weiderhold was targeted by Amtrak officials because of his record of exposing waste and fraud, including investigations into the Amtrak law department.

“I believe that the actions of chairman Carper and [general counsel] Acheson are sufficiently egregious as to merit their removal,” Mr. Issa wrote in a Jan. 19 letter to Mr. Rockefeller, West Virginia Democrat, who as chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation oversees Amtrak.


01-25-2011, 11:46 AM
How long will it be before the left begins attacking Issa?

01-25-2011, 03:04 PM
How long will it be before the left begins attacking Issa?

Begins? they started back in Sept. Franken was running around wringing his hands in fear that Issa would go crazy with investigations and impeachment.