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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 08/24/2011

Kurt Bardella returns to Issa’s office

Kurt Bardella, the onetime deputy communications director to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) who was fired in March after sharing journalists’ e-mails with a New York Times reporter, is returning to the oversight panel.

The news was reported by FishbowlDC early Wednesday.

“Kurt Bardella has accepted a position as a Professional Staff Member with the Oversight Committee,” the panel’s communications director, Frederick Hill, confirmed. “He will work under the committee’s General Counsel and not as a spokesman or taking media inquiries.”

The Oversight Panel statement was first reported by Politico’s Mike Allen.

Reached for comment Wednesday morning, Bardella said he was vacationing with his family and referred all inquiries to the Oversight Committee.

Bardella came under fire following a Politico report in late February that he had leaked dozens of reporters’ e-mails to Mark Leibovich, a New York Times reporter and former Washington Post staff writer who is writing a book on Washington’s political culture. Issa fired Bardella less than 24 hours after launching a review of his work.

The former Issa aide has been working as a spokesman for the conservative Daily Caller Web site since April.

Staff writer Ed O’Keefe also contributed to this story.


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