Issa Demands Answers on 'Occupy' Camping in D.C.

Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 12:30 PM

By Greg McDonald

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Rep. Darrell Issa wants an explanation from the Obama administration about why Occupy protesters were allowed to put up tents in McPherson Square Park in Washington, D.C., in what he insisted was a violation of a ban on “camping” in the nation’s capital.

The California Republican, who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, complained in a letter Tuesday to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that $400,000 in recent landscaping upgrades to the park had been damaged by the “illegal camping” of Occupy participants. 

According to a press release issued by his office, Issa asked Salazar to explain “a series of decisions that allowed protesters to stay in tents at the park for extended periods of time.”

Issa also asked the secretary to provide documentation of any communications that took place between the Department of Interior and the White House “regarding the Occupy protests in McPherson Square.”

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