Friday, March 07, 2014

Darrell Issa apologizes to Elijah Cummings

After a day of criticism for the way he treated Rep. Cummings during a hearing from democrats and in which leadership at the National Black Caucus called for Rep. Issa to be removed from his Government Oversight chairmanship Issa apologized to Congressman Cummings.

[ SOURCE ] Controversial GOP Rep. Darrell Issa has apologized to the top Democrat on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee following an ugly incident during a Wednesday hearing on alleged IRS abuses.

Issa called Cummings on Thursday evening to offer his apologies, Cummings said in a statement released by his office. “This evening, Chairman Issa telephoned me and apologized for his conduct, and I accepted his apology,” Cummings said. “My sincere hope is that as we move forward, we will respect the opinions of all members of the committee, we will proceed in a deliberate and considered manner to obtain the facts, we will refrain from making accusations that have no basis in fact, and we will seek resolution rather than unnecessary conflict.”

For his part, Issa admitted that he should have been “more sensitive” to Cummings’s request to offer a statement during an appearance by Lois Lerner, an IRS official at the center of the scandal. “I could have offered to reopen the hearing and allowed him to make a second statement,” Issa told the San Diego Union Tribune on Thursday night. “As chairman, I should have been much more sensitive to the mood of what was going on, and I take responsibility.”

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