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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?”

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this is disturbing--

more and more inexpicable 'stuff'.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

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This is absolutely despicable!

The American people deserve better representation than this.

Issa must be defeated.

The IRS targets people's organizations and then are NOT held accountable?

Who runs government? I will repeat myself.
Issa must go.

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Why should Issa be defeated?

This is Issa's puppy, not Ron Paul's. Issa is responsible for going after the IRS on targetting conservative, GOP connected fundraisers. Issa is from CA, and here in CA, as a treasurer of a county, I've watched how the GOP has had to go through great expense and hardship because the fines.. I'll give you an example, a treasurer got cancer and was going through chemo therepy during an election year, when treasurer has a huge job because everything is turned over.. donations, take al ot of information and sums of $100.00 need to be reported within 24 hours (though someone always at the other end of the line), that treasurer, due to illness was late, and the fine was $1,640.00, though the sum was far less, and in these circumstances, when a treasurer becomes ill, there is a "exuse".. and this was not happening. So, this issue is by Issa for the issues CA GOP faced, which apparently was not limited to CA.

When the woman recused herself, she was refusing to answer questions. The meeting was over.

The gentleman who is only wanting to ask a question, has an agenda and this being Issa's issue, he's going to control it. Good.

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Rep Issa's responsibility is to preside over the hearing investigating the IRS and finding out Ms. Lerner's involvement. Representative Cummings is a ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and was denied the opportunity to ask a question by Chairman Issa. Issa is denying the people's elected representative the right of speech! The same thing the IRS is doing to various 501C3 groups and he is doing it in a very partisan way. Regardless of your political affiliations, what he did was wrong and Rep Issa shouldn't get away with it.... but he will.

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I don't see the simularity

So what if Cummings is a ranking member on Oversight. Issa got what he wanted, meeting was over. There was nothing more that needed to be said or asked or what ever. It is not the same thing that Issa is question about the IRS targetting conservative groups.

Cummings can get tons of MSM attention now and bring up his question, or forget he ever had a question and attack Issa.

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Because you're not being objective

How do you know there was nothing more that needed to be said or asked? I'm curious to know what makes you the expert. I have no doubt the IRS was targeting Tea Party like groups and I'm sure Lerner was involved. But what if there is more to the story than we are being told? How would we even know if procedural questions aren't allowed to be asked because of party politics? Issa has no interest in getting to the bottom of the matter. He was just trying to make a big show of it and he ran the whole thing into the ground with the behavior he displayed today. Oh the irony.

Cummings made Issa look like a fool. You cannot have a one sided investigation. Watch the video in this clip to see more details on how the hearing wrapped up. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/former-irs-official-refuses-te...

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Issa KNOWS what he is going for, he knows the players and he got what he needed. It's his show.

MSM and some people who don't know how committees, roberts riles of order works can think whatever they like of Issa, that is not going to change the fact that Issa KNOWS what he is doing. It only shows how ignorant those who think Cummings should speak are: They want TRASH. Issa isn't interested and nor is anyone who wants truth.

Cummings can make his own committee, and as I said, all I expect of Cummings is for him to completely forget his question and go after Issa.. and those who HATE Republicans will follow.

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Accusing Lerner of being

Accusing Lerner of being partisan then turning around and being partisan in the "investigation." Yeah Issa really knows what he's doing.

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You think Cummings is

You think Cummings is interested in the truth?



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