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Throwing an Issa Fit

Who's silencing whom?

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Stephen Green

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March 10, 2014 - 12:03 am
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Congressman Darryl Issa silenced Congressman Elijah Cummings, who was using his silence as part of a mainstream-media campaign to silence critics of Lois Lerner’s silence regarding the IRS’s silencing of conservatives groups trying to silence the IRS.

Did you get all that?

No?

Sorry.

Let me see if I can walk you through the twists and turns of a week’s worth of developments in the IRS scandal.

You probably already know that Rep. Issa, the dogged GOP chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, got in a non-shouting match last week with Rep. Cummings. Here’s how the Washington Post reported the kerfuffle:

The clash came Wednesday morning as the committee met for a hearing as part of the investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting controversy. After peppering former IRS official Lois Lerner, who invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, with questions, Issa adjourned the meeting without giving Democrats an opportunity to speak.

Cummings asked that the hearing be continued, but Issa refused and had Cummings’s microphone turned off. Republicans on the panel, led by Issa, then walked out of the room while the enraged Maryland congressman continued to speak.

Other reports were, shall we say, more dramatic — but we’ll get to that momentarily.

Issa sees things a bit differently, as he told Megyn Kelly on FOX News:

“You know if I had to do it over again I probably would have sat there for a very long time, let him say a lot of things and then finished, walked away,” Issa said. “But you know what, we’re all human it was a long day and I didn’t break any rules, I did everything according to the rules, he wasn’t denied any due process.”

Issa also criticized Cummings for breaking the “decorum” of the House to launch what he thinks was a pre-planned event.

“The fact is I did things according to the rules, I followed a script and then Mr. Cummings decided to have quite a hissy fit,” he said.

I’m out of order? You’re out of order! This whole Congress is out of order!

Whatever the truth is, the incident has given Democrats and the gatekeepers of the mainstream media — a difference without distinction, I grant you — an opportunity to wring their hands and pat their brows.

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Cummings' stunt was so scripted, it would be an embarrassment on a soap opera.

Issa was correct in calling a halt to the circus. I loved the cut the throat gesture to the AV guy!
32 weeks ago
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Mr. Cummings needs to become Mr. Goings.
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There was enormous pressure put on the IRS by democrat politicians, chief among them, Carl Levin, to investigate conservative groups. The pressure morphed into intimidation, clearly the democrats are the party of left wing tyranny, lets just say it, they're the Communists party of America.
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Doesn't Chairman Issa understand that shutting down the other side is reserved for the left?
32 weeks ago
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Remember the British war slogan, you can take one of them out with you.
32 weeks ago
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Silence is golden, let us all cash in.
32 weeks ago
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Issa did the correct thing. Cummings just wanted vent more Democrat ideology and disparage the Committee.
32 weeks ago
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14 million spent on investigations which have achieved nothing.
32 weeks ago
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If you really want to go down that road, I'll remind you that ♡bamaCare!!! spent a billion dollars developing a $20 million website which still doesn't have a functioning backend.

I bet that's worth spending a few million investigating. What do you think?
32 weeks ago
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That's just racist (sarc)
32 weeks ago
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Cummings is far past his shelf life but you just cant dump a black or you will be called a racist. Cummings obviously expects Affirmative Action speaking rights to justify disrespecting the rules. His only purpose in the hearing is to attack the efforts to reveal the truth about the IRS corruption or any other corruption in the Obama administration. Issa must be sick of this obstructionist as are most of the Americans seeking truth.
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1. I watched the clip. The mike seemed to be on; he certainly could be heard.
2. Toward the end, Issa seemed to be shaking a bit; he was trying to be a gentleman, but Cumming's antics were getting to him.
3. The big issue is that the Democrats are getting away with it; the policy has not changed.
4. The underlying problem is that the IRS "reads the newspapers". Since the newspapers are more interested in Republican scandals than Democratic ones, you have de facto political persecution (and, arguably, political prisoners).
32 weeks ago
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Rep. Cummings should follow Ms. Lerner's lead and close his mouth before he says enough to incriminate him. Actually he has already thoroughly incriminated himself as a blathering Democrat.
32 weeks ago
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Whoa there. We saw the Live event. The NeoconZionistCommies' Puppet "Dim" GoingsOrCummings (he doesn't know which, never did and never will) was simply following directions and silently waiting for moment to disrupt Hearing and support Obabba's pal Lerner et al. Good for Issa. Apologizing to this idiot was simply a way to expose him to more people who should already know what is going on... The UsefulIdiot of course would never understand. He is simply a tool for the NZCs.
32 weeks ago
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Communists are anti-Israel. What the HELL are you talking about?
32 weeks ago
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Cummings' stunt was so scripted, it would be an embarrassment on a soap opera.

Issa was correct in calling a halt to the circus. I loved the cut the throat gesture to the AV guy!
32 weeks ago
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Hi, I just posted a comment saying basically same as your comment. Come on now, Americans, as several Posts here recognize... Cummings is NOT a good actor and tripped himself and his NeoconZio nistCommies up for everyone to witness. Jig is up boyz, jig is up. We would vote for ISSA for President. He has shown more Statesmanship and American Principles and Constitution support than any of the others. Trey Gowdy would be a great AG.
32 weeks ago
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I think that if Issa were to meet you, he would punch you in the mouth.
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