Democrats are very worried about the IRS targeting scandal.
The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved:
- At least 292 conservative groups
- At least 5 pro-Israel groups
- Constitutional groups
- Groups that criticized Obama administration
- At least two pro-life groups
- An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor
- A 180 year-old Baptist paper
- A Texas voting-rights group
- A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed
- Conservative activists and businesses
- At least one conservative Hispanic group
- IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed
Of course, Democrats don’t want the American public to hear about this unconstitutional use of the IRS to intimidate, abuse and deny services to hundreds of conservative groups.
So, today Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) went ballistic after the committee hearing was adjourned.
This is what is called a diversion, folks.
Business Insider has more on Cummings’ outburst:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, flipped out at Republican Chairman Darrell Issa during a hearing on the IRS’ targeting of certain conservative groups Wednesday morning.
Issa hauled former IRS official Lois Lerner back before the committee Wednesday morning as part of his ongoing investigation into the IRS’ scrutiny of certain conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.
Lerner, as expected, invoked her right to plead the Fifth Amendment in the investigation, as she had when she testified last year. After she pleaded the Fifth Amendment, Issa adjourned the hearing, saying he saw “no point in going further.”
Cummings was not ready for the hearing to end. He began shouting, and Issa cut off his microphone. After he convinced Issa to let him ask a question, Cummings began screaming into the microphone again — at which point Issa shut off his microphone for a second time.
Congressional Democrats at the hearing shouted, “Shame! Shame!” as Issa shut off Cummings’ microphone.
“I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America! I am tired of this!” Cummings said. He continued railing, calling the investigation “un-American.”
Issa told Cummings he gave him the opportunity to ask his question and walked out of the room.