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Democrats Rally Around Cummings After Microphone Controversy

Rep. Darrell Issa has been criticized for cutting off the microphone of Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland during a House hearing.

Rep. Darrell Issa, standing, motions to cut the microphone of Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland during a House hearing. Credit: Screenshot of CBS video
Rep. Darrell Issa, standing, motions to cut the microphone of Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland during a House hearing. Credit: Screenshot of CBS video

Supporters of Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings are demanding that he receive an apology after his microphone was cut off in a committee hearing into IRS problems.

On Capitol Hill, House Democratic ranking members say they’re outraged that Cummings was silenced at a committee hearing Wednesday when House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) cut off his microphone, reports WJZ TV.

“You see Republicans simply trying to shut down and suspend democracy in the House of Representatives, and it’s a sad day for the United States Congress,” said Rep Chris Van Hollen, (D) Maryland.

The hearing was on the improper targeting of tea party groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Cummings was trying to say that Republicans have overblown the controversy, says CBS DC.

Congressman Cummings called what happened to him an abuse of power and un-American.

“A number of Republican members on our committee have come up to me and said, ‘Don’t tell him, but I apologize. You should not have been treated that way,’” Cummings said.

House Democrats introduced a resolution condemning Issa’s actions and the Congressional Black Caucus called on House Speaker John Boehner to remove Issa from the oversight committee.

The Speaker said Issa was within his rights to adjourn the hearing when he did after a key witness refused to answer questions.

amark March 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Mark you are lying. Either that or you are stupid. I suggest you look up the urban dictionary definition of teabagger if you really don't know what it means. Msg.
Mark March 10, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Amark - thanks, noob - I now know that I have to go the "Urban Dictionary" to extract the proper definition of a word. Forget Webster's, that's far too advanced for your critical thinking.
McGibblets March 11, 2014 at 07:03 AM
Well then smarty pants mark, lets use your webster definition. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teabagger oh wait, your 12 year old mentality doesnt use real webster dictionary words.
Mark March 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Good one, McGibblets - too much time on your hands? Your complimentary Teabagger Enabler Kit is forthcoming. Enjoy your hostility.
McGibblets March 11, 2014 at 03:11 PM
You're kidding right? I replied once to your three times and only to follow up to one of your comments, which was utter BS. But I have too much time on my hands? what a knob...

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