Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 4/14/2010 11:29:00 AM

Rep. Issa Accuses National Highway Transportation Safety Administration of Playing Politics With Documents

By Todd

POLITICO is reporting that Representative Darrell Issa is agitated the NHTSA is refusing to turn certain Toyota documents over to Republicans even though they've been provided to Democrats. According to the report, NHTSA won't turn them over to the Republicans on grounds that they contain trade secrets and, as such, "are only available to committee chairmen."

We can't discern whether the NHTSA is actually taking that position - but this is the first we've ever heard about such a claim. Even assuming the documents contain trade secrets - why would the committee chairmen receive them but non-chair members not? We'll investigate this report further and comment regarding what we find.


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