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IRS Targeting Hearing Turns Tense in House

March 10th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

House Democrats slammed Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), calling his decision to abruptly end a hearing he was leading “disrespectful” and “outrageous” and calling on Republican leadership to strip him on his committee chairmanship. But, the House's top Republican said he will continue to stand by Issa. The Wednesday hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting controversy  quickly turned tense. When former IRS official Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right and declined to testify, Issa adjourned the meeting of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The panel’s ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), asked that the hearing be continued so he could speak, but Issa refused and had Cummings's microphone cut off. Republicans on the panel, led by Issa, then walked out of the room while the Maryland congressman continued to speak.


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