Snap: EPA boss won't sit with Darrell Issa on flight to Davos

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The seating arrangements on a flight from Washington to Davos, Switzerland, packed with U.S. officials headed to the annual World Economic Forum, were apparently a little too cozy for the new boss of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy.

A source on the Tuesday flight heading to Frankfurt, Germany, said McCarthy was seated when Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, arrived onboard and took his seat next to her.

After a quick hello, Issa got up. But when he returned, McCarthy was gone. Another EPA official was in her seat.

They certainly had a lot to talk about had she stayed in the seat next to the Republican watchdog. His committee has subpoenaed McCarthy for emails from former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's alias email account. Some of those emails were to McCarthy.

And on Wednesday, the committee released a deposition from a supposed EPA “secret agent” who detailed many interactions with, his boss, McCarthy. The “agent,” John C. Beale was sentenced last for taking nearly $900,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency. At EPA, he claimed he took extended time off because he worked for the CIA.

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