During a hearing of the House Oversight Committee into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service scrutinized conservative groups’ tax-exempt status filings unduly, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) exploded at Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (D-CA). Cummings charged that the way in which the proceedings were being conducted were “Un-American.” In apparent protest, Issa then walked out of the committee hearing.
While making a statement before the committee, Issa stood up and asked Cummings to yield.
“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,” he 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 replied. “I gave you an opportunity to ask your questions. You had no questions.”
“I do have questions,” Elijah replied. “Chairman, what are you hiding?”
At this stage, Issa walked out of the hearing.
Watch the exchange below via MSNBC:
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