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Issa Walks Out Of IRS Scandal Hearing As Cummings Calls Proceedings ‘Un-American’


WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A House hearing on the IRS targeting of conservative groups erupted into an argument between Rep. Elijah Cummings and House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa just moments after former IRS official Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to testify in regards to her role in the tax scrutiny scandal.

The spat began as Rep. Issa, R-Calif., stood up to adjourn the hearing, but Rep. Cummings requested to ask a “procedural question.” While making a statement, Issa asked Cummings to yield when the Maryland Democrat became incensed at the California Republican.

“Mr. Chairman, you cannot run a committee like this,” Cummings appealed.

“If you will sit down and allow me to ask a question,” Cummings insisted. “I am a member of a Congress of the United States of America.”

“I am tired of this,” Cummings continued. “You cannot just have a one-sided investigation. There is absolutely something wrong with that, and it is absolutely un-American.”

“We had a hearing. It was adjourned,” Issa responded. “I gave you an opportunity to ask your questions. You had no questions.”

“I do have questions,” Cummings replied, as Issa walked out of the hearing. “Chairman, what are you hiding?”

Issa, Cummings clash at hearing after ex-IRS official Lerner takes 5th


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Cyril's picture

See, folks! The Bill of Rights' Amendments are STILL working!

See, folks! The Bill of Rights' Amendments are STILL working!

... well, at least for those who are "more equal" than us, that is.

Yeah, granted.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Reminds me of this....lol


"Freedom is never easy in a world of tyranny" - ME

Huh? This is a hearing, not a trial

how does the 5th amendment apply to this hearing? She is not up for trial. And she is a public servant, so why not some transparency?

Pure theater!

Need proof?

Do we have any accountability? Nope. Just these dramatic dog and pony shows.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

Issa should have had Lois handcuffed

on the spot and arrested for contempt. Did you see the smug look on her face? Cummings is scum for his treatment of the True the Vote lady.

Good for Issa.

The fact that one law seems to apply to certain political activist groups and not others can't be glossed over by this angry rant out of Elijah Cummings. Good on Daryl Issa for shutting off his microphone, he had nothing to add to the discussion, and frankly he shouldn't even be in congress.

Note: I'm not letting Issa off the hook for the horrible things he has voted for, but here he's pretty well spot on. The IRS shouldn't even exist, but if we're going to have one and it doesn't follow its own protocols, then the book should be thrown at them along with any of their enablers, especially race hustlers like Mr. Cummings.

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton

full video of Cummings yelling and screaming

the op's video cut off right when things started to get interesting...

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this yahoo video shows a little more detail but same ole


"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

-Thomas Jefferson

I did not see any "honorable" people in the clip.

There are no "honorable" persons in or around the District of Criminals.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people that pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

You're not looking very carefully

Thomas Massie was sitting right in front of Rep. Cummings.

The IRS is Un-American

The 5th Amendment was ratified to protect against abuse of government authority, not to protect criminals in government.

The IRS scandal hearings are themselves a scandal.

SteveMT's picture

A Right designed to minimize tyranny actually potentiates it.

We are living in an upside down world.

Issa is right

Whats the point. The only one that can help with the investigation is Lerner and she isn't talking so just go home.

No one is accountable, what a sad excuse for a government. The real un-American thing is that Lerner can do illegal things and not be held accountable for it.

"Once you become knowledgeable, you have an obligation to do something about it."- Ron Paul

So what's your take, Obama?


If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one.

lol, that was great

i'm not a fan of either one of those guys but as bad as issa has been in the past he's been growing on me lately. all the tough questions he's been asking at all the various Obama scandal hearings have been on point.

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Outstanding performance...

Both Issa and Cummings should receive a congressional Emmy for their performance. Bravo.

Pass the popcorn please.

I thought this was going to be a joke.

Lois Learner isn't going to testify before congress, as a sworn witness, without immunity.

Congress didn't offer her immunity, therefore she wasn't going to testify.

IRS villain Lois Lerner risks

IRS villain Lois Lerner risks ARREST after pleading Fifth for a second time at IRS tea-party targeting hearing

The one-time head of the U.S. tax authority's branch overseeing nonprofits won't testify about a years-long scheme to target conservative groups
Congress has the power to hold her in contempt, try her and imprison her in the Capitol jail
That power hasn't been used in more than 75 years but used to be common in bribery and other cases
After the Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee quickly adjourned Wednesday's hearing, his Democratic counterpart went 'ballistic'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2573894/IRS-villain-...
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She should be strip searched a few times, you know, like they

did to the Indian diplomat.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix


How embarrassed should I be that this is the representative of my district?? Kind of cool he's in the spotlight!

SteveMT's picture

I would not have ended the hearing.

Issa should have allowed every member to ask their questions, and make Lerner plead the 5th hundreds of times, and then place her immediately in "Contempt of Congress."

That would be the logical thing

The fact that he didn't makes me question his commitment to get to the truth, or was this all for show?

If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one.

SteveMT's picture

Every time that Lerner pleaded the 5th,....

I said 'you fxxxxxxx bxxxx.' Why isn't she ALREADY in Contempt of Congress? Why is she just "facing," "risking," or being "considered" for these charges? Hasn't Issa seen and heard enough? She should be jailed immediately.
IRS villain Lois Lerner risks ARREST after pleading Fifth for a second time at IRS tea-party targeting hearing

Issa will consider holding Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/05/issa-will-consider-holding...

GOP: Former IRS Exec Lerner Facing Contempt of Congress Charge
Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/IRS-Lois-Lerner-contempt-of...

Simpler remedy

Abolish taxation

You're right.

Issa should be introducing legislation to defund the IRS, not putting on the dog and pony shows.

Cummings is just

a street gang thug.
Pure and simple.
The biggest slime in Congress.
Baltimore's worst.
Always puffin' and huffin' like he's something.
He ain't nothin' but a blow hard.
Un-American as they come.

Cummings is a for lifer in congress

And the idiots in Maryland keep voting him in. I've grown up in Maryland listening to his constant gibberish and he just keeps getting less coherent decade after decade.

I know

I lived there from 95 to 2004 in the county

Cummings is fighting like

mad to keep this from going up the chain of command. The meeting was adjourned. His assertions are without sense, and his drama like a tantrum. Didn't Lerner signal she would testify, then again took the 5th?

The federal government, including Cummings, came down like a ton of bricks on one of the violated conservative groups, with multiple audits, FBI visits and harassment. True the Vote has sued Cummings for his conduct on the committee!

That said, why did Issa shut this down? He doesn't seem much interested in pursuing the truth. Why is the committee so impotent? They were pretty interesting emails he read into the record this morning.

Is this a powder keg for both sides for different reasons? It is an extremely funky kabuki dance!