After enduring criticism all weekend over the documents released by his committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., defended the decision on Sunday, Politico reports.
He accused Democrats of making "false charges" about the documents endangering Libyan lives, saying the Democratic criticism "only shows their desperation to hide the truth."
In addition, according to a transcript from a closed-door meeting with State Department officials earlier this month, Issa called the concerns "crap," saying anything below a "classified" label is fair game for Congress. The documents were not classified.
"Congress doesn't recognize and will not recognize "˜for official use only,' "˜sensitive,'" he said. "Those are not classified. We would note it, but we would continue. Anything below Secret is in fact just a name on a piece of paper. And I think it is important to understand that. So if you have seen papers that say "˜for official use only,' "˜State Department sensitive,' that is crap."
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who has joined Issa in leading the investigation, also defended the release of the documents.
"Every document is unclassified and stamped on that in front of it," Chaffetz said on Monday on Fox and Friends.