U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has apologized for a heated exchange that took place during a House Oversight Committee meeting on Wednesday.
The hearing was about an investigation into the IRS for targeting conservative groups.
When IRS official Lois Lerner refused to answer questions, Issa abruptly ended the hearing.
However, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., protested and said he wanted to ask a question. Issa motioned to cut Cummings’ microphone. Cummings kept speaking, becoming increasingly upset. Issa eventually told Cummings that he had his chance and left.
On Thursday, Issa personally apologized to Cummings.
Cummings then released this statement:
This evening, Chairman Issa telephoned me and apologized for his conduct, and I accepted his apology. My sincere hope is that we move forward, we will respect the opinions of all members of the committee, we will proceed in a deliberate 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.
Issa's office did not release a statement, but referred NBC 7 to the congressman's Twitter account:
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) March 7, 2014
“I could have offered to reopen the hearing and allowed him to make a second statement. As chairman, I should have been much more sensitive to the mood of what was going on, and I take responsibility,” Issa said in a phone interview with the UT San Diego.
Issa represents California’s 49th Congressional District, with includes parts of San Diego’s North County and southern Orange County.