Issa silences Democrats, tells them they aren’t allowed to question his “integrity”

The postal service wasn’t on the agenda at Monday’s session of the Issa House Oversight Committee, but what happened at the latest of Issa’s IRS/Benghazi show trials goes a long way towards explaining why the committee, and the House as a whole, are unable to deal with postal reform- or much else, aside from making a mockery of the legislative process. From Roll Call:

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Darrell Issa signals an aide to silence Rep. Elijah Cummings’ microphone at one of his “hearings”

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee went after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen again Monday, while Democrats on the panel reserved much of their ire for Chairman Darrell Issa. Issa, involved in a high-profile clash earlier this year with Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the panel, was criticized repeatedly during Monday’s hearing by Democrats who dismissed the proceeding as election-year posturing.

At one point, the California Republican warned Democrats that House rules forbid members from questioning the integrity or motives of other members — touching off a heated protest from Rep. Steven Horsford. The Nevada Democrat angrily contrasted Issa’s admonition Monday with the March 5 incident, in which Cummings’ microphone was turned off mid-statement on Issa’s orders. Issa repeatedly cut Horsford off, insisting the lawmaker “state a point of parliamentary inquiry,” until Cummings broke in and asked the chairman to “Let him ask the question.”

“I will not,” Issa said.

Read more: Issa, Cummings Clash Anew Over Hearing on Lost IRS Emails.

  • Tony L.

    Issa is a piece of garbage, but he has money and the influence that goes along with it! If only money could make a person intelligent! Oh well!

  • Tn Rural Carrier

    Darrell Issa has no integrity. All he worries about is making himself look important. Surprise, he isn’t. He’s a madman.

  • vitameatavegamin

    If only someone would be fed up enough to go Mike Tyson on him in a committee meeting…..

  • tru_grits

    Issa ought to go back to doing what he does best: stealing cars.

  • Mr. Reality

    If you read Assa’s Wikipedia,and see his shenanigans while in Congress.WHAT INTEGRITY?

  • Old Mailman

    And setting his many enemies homes and businesses on fire.

  • Old Mailman

    And I forgot to mention pointing guns at them.