Think Progress had a fun story last week about Peter Haller, a former Goldman Sachs VP now working for Darrell Issa on the House Oversight Committee and advocating for the interests of the banks. Haller changed his name shortly before moving to work for the Oversight Committee.

Now we learn that Haller was involved in the weak attempt by Patrick McHenry to embarrass Elizabeth Warren. Back in May, McHenry chaired a hearing with Warren and rescheduled the date several times, leading to Warren having to leave the hearing early. McHenry accused Warren of lying about the scheduling of the meeting.

Haller was part of the email chain, which Judicial Watch got through a FOIA request, showing that Haller was the point person with Warren’s people in the scheduling. McHenry maintained that Warren was “making up” the idea that she informed the committee she would have to leave the hearing by 2:15. The emails show that Haller set the time and was aware of the constraints. In fact, Haller initiated the change of time of the hearing to 1:00.

This is the main exchange:

From: Cumpiano, Flavio (CFPB)
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:11 AM
To: Peter Haller
Cc: Adeyemo, Adewale (Wally) (CFPB)
Subject: Re: confirm

Hi Peter. I understand from Wally -copied here- that you both spoke and she’ll testify from 1:15 to 2:15pm. Thanks, Flavio

—– Original Message —–

From: Haller, Peter
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:07 AM
To: Cumpiano, Flavio (CFPB)
Subject: confirm

Flavio –

Based on my last conversation with Wally, by moving a meeting 1:00 would work. Please confirm. Whether 1 or 1:15. I need to set this up now.

Thanks and sorry for all the trouble


Haller is sitting behind McHenry in the famous video where he says that Warren is “making this up” about setting the schedule to end at 2:15. He actually shakes his head when Warren says “we had an agreement for the time this hearing” at 0:55 of the video.

Later, CFPB officials confirmed that they made an agreement with Haller.

So not only is there a Goldman Sachs mole inside the House Oversight Committee, he’s a duplicitous one, lying about agreements he makes in order to make adversaries look bad.

And now we hear that Kurt Bardella, who was fired from Issa’s office after leaking email correspondence from reporters to another writer, is going to be rehired.

Issa has quite a rogue’s gallery there.

David Dayen

David Dayen