Darrell Issa Apologizes to Elijah Cummings, Now What?

Politico is reporting that Derrell Issa has apologized to Elijah Cummings:

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.”

Normally I would say that since there was an apology we should accept it and move on.

But, the apology is not ours to accept. The undertaking of that task is c learly up to Elijah Cummings.

Being the gentleman that he is, I’m sure Cummings has accepted Issa’s apology.

But, is that enough?

I say hell to the no!

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As far as punishment, I’m down with a tar and feathering.

Issa did not only disrespect a fellow member of congress, he also disrespected the people’s trust.

What Issa did by not allowing Cummings to speak was an affront to the democratic process; and in a sense, Issa also disrespected “we the people” quite publicly. And for this, Issa owes us a very public apology. Hell, if I had it my way he’d be standing on the dome of the Capitol begging for forgiveness. But of course this isn’t about me, so I say an apology on the House floor should suffice. Whether such a gesture would be acceptable by the CBC — considering that they’re not happy with Issa — is clearly their decision. What I do know is that Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge has authored a sternly worded letter to House Speaker John Boehner to voice the displeasure of the CBC.

In the letter Fudge called Issa a disgrace, and demanded disciplinary action.

Here is the letter written by Margaret Fudge in part via Crew of 42:

“Under the applicable Rules of the House, we strongly encourage you to take disciplinary action against Mr. Issa and force him to present himself before the American people on the House floor with an apology. Under Rule 9, questions of the privileges of the House are those that affect its rights collectively, its dignity and the integrity of its proceedings. Additionally, according to Rule 23, a member of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House, and shall adhere to the spirit and letter of said Rules, including those established by committees.

 

Mr. Issa not only violated House Rules 9 and 23, he also violated the rules of the committee he chairs. According to Oversight & Government Reform Committee Rule 9 and House Rule 11, each member is allowed five minutes to question a witness during a Congressional hearing. Mr. Issa blatantly disregarded this rule when he adjourned the hearing and denied committee members the opportunity to speak in the middle of the customary five minutes afforded to Ranking Member Cummings. Mr. Issa is a disgrace and should not be allowed to continue in a leadership role.”

QUESTION: What would you recommend as punishment is any at all?