Democrats are accusing House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa of putting lives at risk for releasing 166 pages of State Department communications on Friday that contained the names of several Libyans working with the U.S. government.
As part of his committee's investigation into the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, Issa released "sensitive" communications, as first reported by Foreign Policy magazine. The documents were not classified, but Democrats have since reacted forcefully to the release, saying it was reckless.
"That office, that chairmanship of that committee, comes with responsibility," Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said on ABC's This Week. "You can't act reckless with it. We have a foreign policy issue. It will be handled. People who do this will be brought to justice. And how it happened will be investigated, so we never see it again."
Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said Issa was attempting to make "political hay out of this tragedy."
"The reckless release of the names of Libyans who have worked with us could jeopardize the lives of those individuals and damage U.S. interests," Levin said in a statement on Sunday.