Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is setting his sights on his biggest political target yet: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is treading more carefully than he did with his investigation of Attorney General Eric Holder and the Fast and Furious gun-tracking program, which led to a House vote placing Holder in contempt.
Issa has not called on Clinton to testify at a hearing Wednesday morning meant to investigate security lapses at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Issa's staff has also praised Clinton for vowing to cooperate with the investigation of how an attack on the consulate left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats dead.
"After dealing with the Department of Justice's stonewalling in Operation Fast and Furious, the State Department and Secretary Clinton have been a breath of fresh air," said Frederick Hill, a spokesman for Issa, in an interview with The Hill. "They pledged their cooperation when we made our first two witness requests."
But there are signs that a
prolonged investigation by the pugnacious Issa and his panel, which
enjoys subpoena power over the administration, will bring the two
Washington heavyweights into conflict.