Friday, March 07, 2014

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cleveland |  Warrensville Heights Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge on Thursday sought removal of California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa from his Government Oversight chairmanship for cutting off the microphone of the committee's top Democrat at a hearing.

Issa asked former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner to testify before his committee Wednesday on whether the tax agency targeted tax exemption requests of Tea Party groups for special scrutiny.

After Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment rights several times in refusing to answer his questions, Issa ignored Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings' request to speak on behalf of the committee's Democrats, adjourning the hearing and ordering that Cummings' microphone be turned off. His actions infuriated Cummings and other Democrats.

Fudge wrote a letter to House Speaker John Boehner that demanded he be reprimanded for abusing his authority. She said Issa's conduct violated rules of the House of Representatives and his committee. 

"Mr. Issa is a disgrace and should not be allowed to continue in a leadership role," her letter said. "As the Speaker, you are responsible for maintaining decorum and appropriate conduct in the House of Representatives and ordering the Sergeant at Arms to enforce House rules. We urge you to take prompt action to maintain the integrity of this body and remove Mr. Issa as chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee immediately."

Fudge and other Democrats also brought a resolution to the House of Representatives floor to seek Issa's ouster. It was tabled on a party-line vote

In a briefing with reporters, Boehner said he thinks Issa was "within his rights to adjourn the hearing when he did."

“The issue here is our effort to try to get the truth of the abuse by the IRS of groups around the country that some in the administration don’t agree with," said Boehner. “Darrell Issa is the chairman. He's done an effective job as chairman. And I support him.”

A spokesman for Issa has not yet responded to The Plain Dealer's request for comment. Issa is a Cleveland-area native who became a multimillionaire by running a company that makes anti-theft devices for cars.


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