Former Rep Darrell Issa, R-Calif., On the left, had been delayed in his Senate hearing after Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking member Bob Menendez, D-N. J., right, called for a review of his FBI to check the background file.
EXCLUSIVE: Former GOP rep. Darrell Issa confirmation hearing for a top trading position in the trump management was for an indefinite period of time Thursday after a delay of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking member Bob Menendez insisted on the release of an FBI background file, the sources say, shows Issa used a fake ID when he was 17.
Issa, the colorful former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, was nominated a year ago to the Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. With the confirmation process at a crawl, he has already signalled that he is ready to move, the creation of an exploratory committee for a possible run against the embattled Republic Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.
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Asked on Thursday about the latest delay, Issa on Fox News: “My desire said the President is there to serve and help in any way I can. If it is seat to the best of my of course, a congressional and help regain the majority in the house, that’s OK too.”
The focus on the fake ID he used as a 17-year-old army private, high-drawn eyebrows, considering Issa had a known history of run-ins with the law, when he was a teenager, with more serious allegations.
But, during the hearing on Thursday, Menendez, D-N. J., argues that the Committee has no access to the information needed to determine whether Issa could disqualify to be confirmed on his post, and said it was “problematic” information from his FBI background investigation could be “potentially.”
An official familiar with the situation told Fox News, that Menendez, Issa and Committee Chairman Jim Risch, R-Idaho, met on the sidelines of the hearing to discuss the file, to which Issa other legal run-ins.
The official told Fox News that the specific Problem Menendez was the quote was a fake military ID card, the Issa used when he was a 17-year-old private. According to the official, in the early 1970s, when Issa was stationed in the vicinity of Pittsburgh, he had a military ID that said he was two years older. The official, said Issa, was disciplined at the time, the Lieutenant in charge, was “not amused.”
“It was a military ID, wherein the ID office had the wrong birthday, the Issa look older,” said the official.
The official said, the ID was “absolutely authentic and legitimate issued,” but someone has a “small maneuver” in the ID office, to help, to go to Issa, “in bars.” According to the official, the army, at the time, “always 18 observed for drinking a beer on the base.”
Issa was in Ohio, where the minimum age was 18 for 3.2% beer at the time, but in Pittsburgh, the legal minimum age for alcohol consumption is 21.
On the sidelines of the hearing, Menendez Issa pressed. According to the official, he said, “If you falsify documents, when they were 17, how can we believe you’re credible, honest now?”
Representatives for generic and Menendez has no comment on this report.
Issa has a record of criminal cases against him as a teenager, including the number of arrests in the early 1970s — twice an unregistered firearm charges and two grand theft auto charges, although prosecutors dropped ultimately, it is this.
“The whole matter with Mr. Issa’s FBI to check the background, turns about, when he was caught with a fake ID as a 17-year-old,” a source with direct knowledge of the confirmation hearing process, said Fox News. “It is ridiculous that holds an embattled elected official such as Senator Menendez, Mr. Issa is the confirmation for something so petty.”
The source added: “There is absolutely nothing to see in Mr ISSA the file was not played before.”
The official told Fox News that Issa had been granted, spacing, safety, long after the offences in the 1970s. Issa was granted freedom during his service in the U.S. army and as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Menendez had well-publicized legal battles of his own. Prosecutors followed a huge bribery and corruption against him over favors for and from Florida eye doctor friend of the senator. But a mistrial was declared in the year 2017, after the jury said in a verdict, and prosecutors later, you would not repeat it.
“From the beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my faith, the dignity of justice, Lord,” Menendez said at the time.
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Menendez was re-elected to the Senate in last November.
Issa withdrew from the Congress in front of his trading post-nomination.