Issa plans to 'go after a lot of things,' 'do a lot of investigating' as chairman

The ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee promised Sunday he would launch a number of investigations as chairman in the next Congress, but that he would do so in a "less partisan way."

"The most important thing my committee can do is seek the truth," Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said on "Fox News Sunday."

"I'm going to go after a lot of things, and I'm going to do a lot of investigating," he said.

Issa said one issue to be tackled would be administration earmarks in the form of competitive grants. He was asked if the Justice Department would be probed in the New Black Panthers voter intimidation case, and he said that would fall under the purview of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) at the Judiciary Committee.

The case of the White House allegedly offering Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) a job in exchange for dropping out of the Senate primary would fall under Issa's scope, though.

"I'm going to do what President Eisenhower suggested: I'm going to take a complicated problem and expand in order to solve it," he said, adding that the same dealing had gone on in the Bush administration, and he wanted to find ways to expose the greater problem "to bring it to an end."

When asked what his first priority would be, Issa said that probing the Countrywide case "where it created the financial meltdown in no small part."

"I think we need to bring that to a successful conclusion and make sure it doesn't happen again," he said.

Issa brushed off assertions that his panel would specifically target the White House. "We're going to look for the person most knowledgeable about the problem and have them before our committee," he said. "... I think we need to do investigations in a less partisan way."