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January 5th, 2011
03:32 PM ET

Issa defends calling Obama 'corrupt'

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), the brand-new chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform, defended comments he had previously made that President Obama is "one of the most corrupt presidents of modern times."

Speaking to CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King Wednesday, Issa offered his definition of the word "corrupt":

"I think people misunderstand the meaning of the word corrupt, and obviously, CNN does. 'Corrupt', or 'corrupted' or 'failure', it's no different than a disc drive that's given you some bits that are wrong," Issa said on CNN.

Issa continued, "I have never said it's illegal. I've never made any of the statements that are often said on CNN that implied wrong-doing of the president at a criminal level, but I do believe that the American people have changed the control of the House in no small part because they saw more regulation, more misspending than they ever dreamed possible and they need Republicans to be part of the balance to bring that back under control."

The question was prompted by comments Issa made to Rush Limbaugh on October 19, 2010, when he said, "There will be a certain degree of gridlock as the president adjusts to the fact that he has been one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times. He has ignored the very laws that he said were so vital when he was a senator. And, you know, he's going to have to come back a different direction."

To hear more from Rep. Issa watch CNN's "John King, USA" Wednesday @ 7 p.m. ET

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  1. Ricihard Bratton

    Sooooo Mr. Issa is redefining the word, "corrupt". I wonder how would define equivacating moron.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  2. richard friedman

    corrupt |kəˈrəpt|
    having or showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain : unscrupulous logging companies assisted by corrupt officials.
    • evil or morally depraved : the play can do no harm since its audience is already corrupt.

    January 5, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  3. richard friedman

    here's corrupt........

    WASHINGTON - The GOP "budget cut" numbers are getting squishier by the minute. At least it seemed that way in the hallways of the Capitol on a ceremonial first day of swearing-ins, family photo ops and back-slapping goodwill.

    Republicans campaigned coast to coast on, among other things, a promise to cut $100 billion out of the federal budget.

    But now they are talking about cuts as slim as $30 billion, blaming the change on the fine print that no one read - or if they read, did not understand.

    January 5, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  4. richard friedman

    did this guy ever call GW Bush corrupt? Ken Lay? Don Rumsfeld? Karl Rove? Tom Delay? Dick Cheney (for outing a CIA agent and his connection to Halliburton)?
    The whole world is poorer today as the corrupt GOP takes over the House in the USA. Hang on, it's going to be a very bumpy ride and just when the Obama administration's policies are beginning to work-only 2 years to turn around 8 years of massive corruption under GW Bush!!!

    January 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  5. S Johnston

    Great, another moron in politics, thats what needed now, more stupidity.....

    January 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  6. Jack Ricardo

    I certainly hope Rep. Darrell Issa goes after this Administration with all the force and power he has at his disposal!

    January 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  7. Amnon Zohar

    I could not believe my ears listening to Rep. Issa saying that CNN does not understand the meaning of the word "Corrupt". His comment is offending and insulting the intelligence of sane American people. Who gave this arrogant SOB the right to call Obama the most corrupt President in the history of America only to back off and say he meant the "administration" not the president is the most corrupt, only to say that we don't understand the meaning of "corrupt". This is worse that "depends what "Is" is. Most disappointing though was the way John King let him off the hook without calling him out for what he is. That's why CNN rating are down – they do not take a stand.

    January 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  8. David Bell

    Issa is a coward and as dishonest as he claims others to be. To make such a serious charge against the Obama administration and then do that song and dance for John King?!! How shameful. It's really beyond words.

    January 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Dragan

      Yeah, I wouldn't be so fegleul attacking tech bloggers as a general group. Those that choose to "sell out" in this way are known quantities among the readers, and - bonus - the writers are often transparent about their deals (not always true in mainstream media). Besides, this is just a page torn from the old media playbook.Sometimes it takes a while for the general public to recognize the agendas of journalists or media companies. For many years Fox News wasn't so easily dismissed as a right-wing cheerleader; they were considered "mainstream" by much of the general public. Today everyone knows better. This stuff works itself out over time as the shills are isolated and the honest work shines through.There is and always will be a spectrum of more reliable and less reliable journalists and outlets working any given story or class of stories. To hold up "mainstream media" as a generalized paragon of quality and reliability is a stretch and shows, ironically, a tremendous bias.

      March 24, 2012 at 12:24 am |

    Issa is backpedaling but he knows he called the President a crook. In fact he and his ilk call everybody who has teeth and is not inbred (e.g. Republicans) "corrupt.

    Well lying about someone as Issa does is in fact corrupt. That's right... Issa the Assa is corrupt!

    January 5, 2011 at 8:15 pm |

    The left is sick of the kind of BS the right puts out that is misleading and in fact intentionally untrue. Can't you engage in honest discussion? Guess not.

    January 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm |