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Republicans fight Dem efforts to punish Issa for IRS hearing actions

posted 3/6/2014 11:18:26 PM |
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So now Jesse Jackson has stuck his nose into what happened yesterday in this hearing. This man makes a living off nothing but conflict and the racism label when there is none, expect from people like him and others of his own race and party in my opinion. Just look at him and some congressional blacks going after a white man.

Looks to me like the people making such statements against Issa are racists themselves. Race played no role in what happened yesterday. I'm tired of when a black person looks foolish by their own actions, they feel like they have to invoke the race card into their argument to either salvage their reputation and/or to inflict harm on that person they had a run-in with.

House Republicans are fending off aggressive efforts by Democrats to punish Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., for cutting off a Democratic congressman during a heated hearing on the IRS targeting scandal.

Issa cut him off after one of the first things out of his mouth was "The Republican party.....". It was clear that Cummings was making a partisan statement right off the bat. There was no point letting the man speak, as he had the opportunity to earlier. All he was going to do was add fuel to the fire with all the stonewalling and games that had already been going on in the hearing.

The House voted Thursday afternoon to block a resolution that would formally chastise the chairman of the House oversight committee for his conduct at Wednesday's hearing.

The vote was along party lines, 211-186, with 10 members voting present. Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, had offered the resolution, which called Issa's behavior "offensive and disrespectful."

Fudge also penned a letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging the speaker to strip Issa of his chairmanship "immediately."

"Congressman Darrell Issa of California abused his authority and therefore must be reprimanded to ensure the dignity of the House of Representatives is preserved," Fudge wrote, calling him a "disgrace."

Boehner, though, brushed off the Democratic complaints.

"Mr. Issa was within his rights to adjourn the hearing when he did," Boehner said.

Issa acknowledged to Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Thursday night that he could have sat back down and allowed Cummings to speak but still defended his actions, saying he was completely within his right to adjourn the hearing.

Issa said that he broke no rules, and accused Cummings of breaking the "decorum" of the House by deciding to throw a "hissy fit."

Issa shut down the committee hearing on Wednesday when the IRS official at the center of the scandal involving targeting of conservative groups, Lois Lerner, again invoked the Fifth Amendment when asked a series of questions.

In doing so, Issa cut off Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings' microphone as Cummings, the panel's top Democrat, continued to speak.

"You cannot just have a one-sided investigation," Cummings shouted. "There is absolutely something wrong with that. That is absolutely un-American."

Issa, though, defended his actions and told reporters after the hearing: "He was not directing questions toward the witness and the committee [had] already adjourned."

He later told Fox News that Cummings "was simply endlessly slandering the efforts of the committee."

Members of both parties, though, have apparently criticized Issa's actions.

During a press conference on Thursday, Cummings said several Republicans on the committee apologized to him for Issa's actions.

A senior House Republican aide told Fox News that "Issa needs to learn self-control. Now all of our members have to defend his poor actions."

[I]I don't know why they would say this, Issa in my opinion did have it together. The woman once again pulled more stonewalling in this hearing like she did in her last hearing, and there was no point continuing on with this sham.

Some of the Democratic criticism, though, has become increasingly personal.

Well that a big surprise, NOT! They always tend to make it ugly and personal when both sides butt heads.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz linked cutting the microphone to oppression in Venezuela and Ukraine.

It's nothing like that. The woman seems like she never plays with a full deck.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson called Issa's behavior "crude, wrong, racist and mean."

Jackson has no room to talk considering he was caught on tape using the "N" word against Barry, and talked about cutting his balls off.

Issa and Cummings are not yet back on speaking terms.

FOX News

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