While this story has flown largely under the radar due to the political battles raging in Congress over the Continuing Resolution, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, recently took what was supposed to be unannounced trip to Libya to further investigate last year’s Benghazi terrorist attack.
But the trip became public when Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member on the Committee, slammed Issa for taking the trip without inviting any House Democrats to tag along. Cummings and his colleagues have been dismissive of congressional inquiries into the attack.
Cummings’ public complaint, however, had the unintended consequence of potentially putting Issa’s life in danger. CBS News reported last week that a “general threat” was made against the California Republican while he was on the trip:
[Last] Monday, a State Department email showed the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli reported that a Libyan national known as Eyad “shared his concern and his opinion that Representative Issa should not come to Libya for his own safety.”
Eyad told the embassy “The Sen. Mr. Darrell Issa if he would like to keep his luxury life with a half billion $$$ Do not come to Libya. Who is gonna [guard] the guy? And whom you gonna put a blame if the worst happened…Cuz all he gonna gained a several bullets in his smart skull.”