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Darrell Issa Walks Out Of IRS Proceedings After Rep. Elijah Cummings Calls It ‘Absolutely Un-American’ (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

During the House Oversight Committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service Wednesday, Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa stormed out of the room when his colleague accused him of holding an “un-American” proceeding.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., was making a statement to the committee when Issa, R-Calif., interrupted and asked him to yield.

“If you will sit down and allow me to ask a question. I am a member of a Congress of the United States of America,” Cummings shouted. “I am tired of this.”

“We have members over here each who represent 700,000 people,” he continued. “You cannot just have a one-sided investigation. There is absolutely something wrong with that, and it is absolutely un-American.”

“Hear, hear,” someone can be heard responding.

“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?”

Issa did not answer Cummings, but later told reporters that he left the meeting because Cummings “slandered” him.

"Mr. Chairman, why would you say 'Shut it down'?" a reporter asked in the video below.

“He was talking into a mic in an adjourned meeting,” Issa said. “The fact is Mr. Cummings came to make a point of his objections to the process we have been going through. He was actually slandering me at the moment that the mics did go off by claiming that this had not been a real investigation.”

“Just because Mr. Cummings would like to have a more convenient truth, doesn’t give him the right to make a speech,” Issa said.

Former IRS director Lois Lerner pleaded the Fifth at the hearing this morning, refusing to testify on the IRS targeting Tea Party groups.

Sources: Mediaite, CBS News