Rep. Issa: Krongard has earned a Bush photo-op.

Near the end of today’s contentious hearing with the State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) sought to reward the embattled IG by offering him a ticket to an upcoming White House Christmas party. Issa told Krongard:

Thank you for your service. And I’ll end by saying that the first week of December the president’s having a Christmas party. I have an extra guest ticket. After today, I know that you’ve earned it. I would be happy to have you use my guest ticket and then you’ll get your picture with the president and you’ll get to meet him as well you should.

Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/11/IssaKrongradChristmas.320.240.flv]

Earlier in the hearing, Krongard said he had never met the President.