"I am a member of the Congress of the United States. I am tired of this," said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said at yesterday's hearing of the committee.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), had just cut off the microphone of the Cummings.
"Mr. Chairman, you cannot run a committee like this," Cummings said, as Issa spoke over him again cutting off the microphone. The two leaders of the House Oversight Committee got into a shouting match over whether Cummings had a right to speak, and the dust-up led lawmakers on the panel to shout "shame."
Issa cut off the microphone right after Lerner refused questioning.
"On the advice of my counsel, I respectfully exercise my Fifth Amendment right and decline to answer that question," repeated former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner. Issa asked different questions ten or eleven times with the same response from Lerner.
Cummings later told TIME that he wasn’t surprised at Issa’s behavior. "It’s not unusual, not with him,” he said. “He has shut off the mic before, not my mic but other members of the committee. I can think of at least one time within the last month where he has shut off somebody’s mic, and this is on national T.V. I think people are shocked that members of Congress would be treated that way," Cummings told TIME.
Issa appeared on Fox News Sunday" and claimed he had what he labeled as some "late breaking news": "[Lois Lerner's] attorney indicates that she now will testify." Issa was once again exposed as a "liar," as he had insisted that Lerner would testify. No agreement had been reached and it was obvious that Issa was using the public forum to pressure Lerner into testifying.
Issa continues to waste the time and money of American people, as ex-IRS official Lerner again invoked the 5th Amendment, and refuses to testify on the so-called IRS scandal. Lerner refused to answer Issa's questions during a hearing Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The hearing with Ms. Lerner was a colossus waste of the time and money of American taxpayers, as Lerner's attorney had not agreed to testify without immunity before the House Oversight Committee and as Allvoices reported earlier in the week.
Lerner, who was the Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division during the supposed targeting, has thus far invoked the Fifth Amendment in front of Issa’s committee. "We believe the evidence we’ve gathered causes her, in her best interest, to be someone who should testify," Issa said.
Host Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday, double-checked that Lerner was, definitely, going to testify this Wednesday. "According to her attorney," Issa replied to Wallace.
Actually, according to her attorney William Taylor, Lerner had no such plans. "As of now, she intends to continue to assert her Fifth Amendment rights," Taylor said to POLITICO. "I do not know why Issa said what he said."
After today's non-testimony, America does not know why either.
After the spat, House Speaker John Boehner threatened to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress, something this same committee had done to United States Attorney General Eric Holder. That has gone nowhere, as a would a contempt citation of Lerner.
Issa is running out of time, as Issa continues his never-ending quest to become somebody. This race against the clock is causing Issa to overreach on Obama and Obamacare. Issa's chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ends with the 113th Congress in 2014, whether the Republicans control the House or not.
The House rules could be waived and retains Issa, but a half-dozen Republicans are foaming at the mouth for the job. POLITICO calls the half-dozen contenders "Darrell Issa wannabes."
Issa has been the Chairman of House Oversight since the Republicans took the House in 2010. In that light, he told the press at that time that he wanted the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold investigative hearings "seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks." Issa should have added, "whether we need them or not."
Other minor Issa lies, aside from the big three, include those about Fast and Furious, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Solyndra, corruption in Afghanistan, WikiLeaks, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and HHS regulation requiring insurance plans to cover birth control (which is technically Obamacare) and Sandra Fluke (which is also technically Obamacare).
TIME - House Hearing On IRS Scandal Descends Into Shouting Match
The Daily Caller - Darrell Issa angrily adjourns Oversight hearing after Lois Lerner pleads the Fifth
Fox News - Issa, Cummings clash at hearing after ex-IRS official Lerner takes 5th
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