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Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings loses his mind after Lois Lerner pleads the Fifth
Moments ago, embattled ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner appeared before Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee. She was supposedly there to answer questions about the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups. You may remember that President Obama has dismissed this entire scandal because he claims there wasn't "even a smidgen of corruption" involved.
That's weird, because Lois Lerner promptly invoked her rights under the 5th Amendment and refused to answer any questions. For the record, the 5th Amendment is the one that deals with not offering testimony that might incriminate yourself. You'd think that would be hard to do if the President's "not a smidgen" claim was true.
Anyway, there was no surprise here. Everyone expected that - without immunity - this was exactly what Lerner would do. The interesting part came after she clammed up and a visibly frustrated Issa adjourned the hearing.
It seems ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings had planned on doing some of his patented "inane grandstanding," and Issa derailed his intentions. Cummings would not be denied. First, he tried to pretend that he had a legitimate question, but then immediately launched into his standard set of rambling talking points. So, Issa dismissed everyone in the room and cut the power to Cummings' microphone.
This triggered a meltdown that rivalled the Fukushima reactor. Seriously. Cummings completely lost it.
"I AM A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," He bellowed. "AND I AM TIRED OF THIS!!!"
The video appears below. You're going to love it.