House Oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) appeared on Fox News Tuesday evening (video below) and said that he would not call for an investigation of News Corp., which is facing allegations of breaking the Foreign Corrupt Practices Law and hacking into the phones of 9/11 victims.
Oversight committee rmember Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and other members of his panel called on Issa to probe News Corp. earlier in the week, but Rep. Issa refuses to allow an investigation into the company, which owns Fox News.
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“This is being looked at by the Justice Department,” Issa said to anchor Bret Baier on Fox News. “This is being looked at by the Senate, and we’re keeping and eye on it. But at the same time, this is a story about a unit in another country. And we want to make sure we don’t enter the ground that is most inappropriate for us, which is we don’t start picking on media whether they’re the left or the right just because we can.”
Issa’s decision to not pick on the media contradicts his demand for a retraction from the New York Times reporting on his conflict of interests in late August. And when interviewed last year, Rep. Issa stated that he trusts News Corp. because he “personally knows Rupert Murdoch.”