Congress Ethics

Darrell Issa is an Ethics Nightmare and a Coward

Watch House Oversight Chairman Darrell “Witch Hunt” Issa (R-CA) rudely cut off and condescend Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee.

In the video above, Issa cuts Cummings’ microphone off around the one minute mark and then again at the two minute mark (GIF), and then Cummings really let him have it.

Issa is an irresponsible and unaccountable suit so rather than face the music he walked out out of the committee hearing.

And then he cried to reporters.

After walking out, Issa defended his actions to reporters, saying that Cummings intended to “make a speech.” “He was talking into a mic in an adjourned meeting,” Issa said. “He was actually slandering me at the moment that the mics did go off by claiming that this had not been a real investigation.”

It’s not slander if it’s true, and if Issa thinks the truth is slander then he ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

If the Ethics Committee weren’t also controlled by Republicans who are just as incapable and corrupt as he is, Issa would be thrown out of Congress.

Issa has leaked incomplete and misleading reports to the media, he’s simply made shit up when it was convenient, and he’s wasted tens of millions of dollars chasing fake scandals and he has absolutely nothing to show for any of it.

Solyndra. Fast and Furious. Benghazi. The IRS.

Where are the results? Where’s the smoking gun? Where is Issa’s white hood?

  • D_C_Wilson

    Reason Number One why the republicans need to lose control of Congress.

    • nnyl

      All about turnout.

  • nellcote

    Sennsenbrenner did this to John Conyers a few years back. Why is it always black congress people that get their mic turned off?

  • fry1laurie

    If what Cummings said was slander, it’s too f-ing bad, because Representatives and Senators have absolute free speech rights on the floor and committee. Nothing they say can be actionable outside those halls. Which is a good thing, right Car Thief?

  • Robert Scalzi

    This is not going to end well for Isaa or the Teabastards. Pass me a joint and the popcorn.

  • zirgar

    Well, for folks like Issa, their white hood is simply their skin.

  • muselet

    He was actually slandering me at the moment that the mics did go off by claiming that this had not been a real investigation.” [emphasis added]

    slander |ˈslandər|
    noun Law
    the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation

    (New Oxford American Dictionary)

    Elijah Cummings expressed an opinion about the investigation Darrell Issa is leading, not about Issa himself. In any case, what Cummings said was not false and defamatory.

    Righties really have trouble with the concept of words having actual meanings, don’t they?


  • Pinkamena Diane Pie

    Why can we not have him arrested for contempt? Contempt of Congres, contempt for facts, contempt for the country?

    Issa’s already a criminal; why not just put him back in prison where he belongs?