Rep. Darrell Issa Answers Constituents' Questions at Impromptu Town Hall in Vista - 7 San Diego
By Chris Chan and Cassia Pollock
NBC 7's Chris Chan was at the Town Hall where Rep. Issa fielded questions directly from his constituents.
(Published Friday, June 2, 2017)
About 200 people attended an impromptu town hall meeting with Congressman Darrell Issa outside his office in Vista Friday.
Most of the constituents joined the event with just a few hours notice, after receiving an email invite this morning.
The top of the agenda was President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord. Issa said he advised the President against that decision at the town hall.
Congressman Issa was pressed by a Republican constituent who criticised the Party for not uniting behind President Trump.
While responding to concerns about the President's competence, Issa stated that he has faith in members of the cabinet like Rex Tillerson and Wilbur Ross and hoped to help them do their job and avoid "unreasonable interference from the President."
Some constituents raised concerns about White House Advisor and President Trump's Son-in-Law Jared Kushner, after reports that he tried to open secret communications with the Russian government.
"We deal in fact and not allegations," Issa replied.
The Congressman also said he was looking forward to hearing testimony from former FBI Director James Comey next week.
Issa answered questions in the hot sun for about an hour and a half, before going to his office where he said the Consul-General of Mexico was waiting for a meeting.
On Saturday morning, Issa will hold a town hall meeting in San Juan Capistrano in Orange County. He will answer the public's questions, discuss health care reform and talk about his legislative goals.
Issa appears to have chosen San Juan Capistrano because the area is Republican-tilting and he will likely face a friendlier crowd, the Associated Press reported.
Last Tuesday, Issa was seen standing on the roof of his San Diego County office, looking out into a sea of agitated constituents. He explained that he wanted to take a quick photo of the crowd.
One of his political opponents, Mike Levin, who plans to run against Issa for re-election, accused him of hiding on the roof to avoid facing the public's criticism.
Published at 5:24 PM PDT on Jun 2, 2017 | Updated at 8:00 PM PDT on Jun 2, 2017