|Back in early 2011, House Oversight Comm Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) issued his first subpoena for information about members of Congress who received sweetheart mortgage deals under the Countrywide VIP program called 'Friends of Angelo.' By doing so he abandoned the historical practice of referring matters involving members of Congress directly to the House Ethics Comm, an approach he previously criticized, and instead made it clear he wanted his committee to probe the members' files... Fast forward to the 16th of last month, when Issa wrote a letter to the House Ethics Committee giving them information on 'possible wrongdoing' without publicly disclosing the names of four additional members of Congress who received the preferential loans. What changed? Oversight Comm Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) suggested it was the political affiliation of the members.
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