WH Hires Former Dem Spokesman Schultz for Issa Fight

Thursday, 12 May 2011 02:00 PM

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President Barack Obama is adding yet more staff to fight congressional investigations that Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is leading. The White House hired former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Eric Schultz to focus on the issues, The Washington Post reported.

This week, Issa had threatened to subpoena Jacob Lew, the director for the Office of Management and Budget, after he refused to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Post reported.

Issa wanted to grill Lew on reports of an executive order that would require government contractors to disclose political donations. Issa’s committee is conducting investigations into a host of issues, including what connections the ATF might have had to weapons that killed a border patrol agent and White House use of social media, according to the Post.

The White House later agreed to send a representative to speak to the committee.

After the midterm elections that gave the GOP control of the House, the Obama administration hired lawyers to deal with expected investigations and Schultz has been added to deal with the media. Among his previous jobs, Schultz worked for former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., during his run for the presidency and had to deal with allegations about Edwards’ extramarital affairs, the Post reported.

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