Issa Apologizes After Cutting Off Critic's Microphone
Says he could have handled situation with Elijah Cummings better
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2014 12:45 PM CST
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(Newser) – The normally unrepentant Darrell Issa has personally apologized to a fellow congressman over a high-profile snub on the House floor, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. The chairman of the House Oversight panel offered his mea culpa to Democrat Elijah Cummings after a testy exchange amid this week's grilling of former IRS official Lois Lerner. When Issa peppered Lerner with questions, she took the Fifth, and he abruptly adjourned the hearing. When Cummings, the ranking Democrat, tried to speak, Issa cut off his microphone (complete with finger-dragging motion across the throat) and left with other Republicans on the panel.

"I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America," Cummings declared as Issa tried to get him to stop. Yesterday, the Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter to John Boehner calling Issa a "disgrace" and demanding he be stripped of his committee leadership, reports the Washington Post. Boehner stood by Issa, who later said: “I could have offered to reopen the hearing and allowed him to make a second statement. As chairman, I should have been much more sensitive to the mood of what was going on, and I take responsibility.” A New York Times analysis agrees and sees a pattern: Issa has made a big deal out of his various White House investigations, but he "has proved to be his own worst enemy, stepping on his own message with his antics and clouding whatever political impact his investigations might be having." A Democratic bid to censure him failed along party lines.

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Mar 11, 2014 11:42 AM CDT
Every time I see that clip played, what I see is an Adult throwing a tantrum. And Jesse Jackson is going to bring Race into question to defend this Adult's right as a black man to throw a tantrum? Is that why Obama and Holder are getting away with so much?
Mar 11, 2014 10:14 AM CDT
E Cummings is as dumb as box of doorknobs. He's a Democrat shill that will defend any position no matter how ridiculous it may be. He of the same fabric as that genius Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee. Can't the black community find better human being to represent them really!
Mar 11, 2014 9:21 AM CDT
I think we need to go back in time a little on cases like this . When crap like this happens , ' A Duel ' is the only answer . At least this way we will lose at least one of them and this is how we could clean up on POLITICS !. I realize they shoot shit at each other on a daily basis , let's get mor serious ans do the real thing .