Rep. Darrell Issa Apologizes to Cummings for Cutting Off Mic at IRS Hearing

Congressman Darrell Issa has officially apologized to colleague Elijah Cummings for cutting off his mic at the end of a contentious IRS hearing on Wednesday. Following the heated exchange, Issa accused Cummings of “slandering” him, but Issa got quite a bit of pushback for how he conducted himself. Cummings noted separately today that some of Issa’s colleagues also offered apologies of their own.

But he now tells U-T San Diego that “he made a personal apology” to Cummings and acknowledges that in hindsight, “As chairman, I should have been much more sensitive to the mood of what was going on, and I take responsibility.”

Some House Democrats were so furious with Issa that some of them tried to push for the House to officially censure him, but the motion was tabled. The Congressional Black Caucus also demanded
that Issa be stripped of his chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee for being disrespectful to ranking member Cummings.

If you need a refresher, you can watch the initial exchange below, via MSNBC:

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