The White House denies it:
...Obama said he had no advance knowledge of the SEC probe, saying "this notion that somehow there would be any attempt to interfere in an independent agency is completely false." Obama added, ''We found out about it (the SEC action) on CNBC.”
Mary Schapiro, SEC chairwoman denies it:
"The SEC is an independent law enforcement agency," Schapiro said in a statement. "We do not coordinate our enforcement actions with the White House, Congress or political committees. We do not time our cases around political events or the legislative calendar."
And yet, Darrell Issa is still at it, claiming that “It is a very politically motivated attack by the SEC,” while admitting that he has not proof.
HARRIS: What do you have? Do you have a document? Where do you get to make a claim like — What do you have?
ISSA: Look, first of all I have letters out to do discovery and I have not been given responses. [...] So do I have other proof? No. But do I have an event that occurred there? Do I have an event with the SEC that shouldn’t have happened?
Issa had been basing his claim on ad buys made by the DNC with AdWords on Google, using the terms "Goldman Sachs" and "SEC" and ensuring that search results on those terms would include a DNC page. He was charging that because the ad buys were made on Friday, the same day the charges were made, then of course there had to be collusion. See a potential gap in his logic there? Google closes it.
The SEC charges hit Goldman before 11 a.m. ET on Friday morning.
The DNC said the Adwords were bid on at 2 p.m. on Friday. Google confirmed the DNC's timing of the purchase to CNN on Wednesday.
That's obviously not enough to make Issa give up on chasing this one, because he has "an event with the SEC that shouldn’t have happened." Investors bilked in the scheme might beg to differ.