California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said he would have acted as a national security adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton if she had requested his assistance.
Issa was appointed to the list of members on GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s national security advisory council in early October — which the billionaire said “is comprised of some of the brightest minds in foreign policy, nuclear non-proliferation, combating ISIS and rebuilding our national defense.”
Issa has received criticism from a number of Democrats for raking the Obama Administration through the coals while leading the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into the Fast and Furious gun running scandal, but insists he is more than willing to work across the aisle.
“I would’ve said the same thing if Hillary Clinton’s people had called me the same day. Why wouldn’t you?” he told Politico Monday. “There’s also been a partisan side and a nonpartisan side. I’ve never changed.”
President Barack Obama recently came out against Issa while campaigning for his Democratic opponent Doug Applegate in La Jolla. The president slammed him for calling his administration corrupt, saying it was “shameless” for Issa to use imagery of the president signing a bill he had worked on in a campaign ad.
Issa later swung back, saying he was “disappointed but not surprised that the president, in a political speech, continues to deny accountability for the serious scandals that happened under his watch.”
The eight-term congressman is facing his toughest reelection battle yet — California’s 49th District was recently moved into the tossup category by Real Clear Politics.
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