Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) threatened to walk out of the Monday evening House Oversight Committee hearing over the way Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) conducted the IRS hearing.
“Mr. Chairman, I implore you to enforce the rules of this committee,” said, addressing Issa at the hearing, citing a rule that calls for decorum during questioning. “Badgering witnesses is inappropriate and shameful.”
Issa cut in to ask Speier if she is making a motion. After responding in the negative, she continued to rail against GOP behavior during the hearing.
“At this point I just want us to get back to basics and to run this committee as it should be run — with respect and decorum,” she said. “And badgering this commissioner, as virtually every member on the Republican side has done, is shameful. And it’s got to stop. Or else I’m telling you one member here is going to walk out and not return.”
Speier then refused to yield her time when asked and proceeded to ask her question.
Later in the hearing, the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) apologized to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for the “hell” Republicans put him through throughout the hearing.
Watch the clip via C-Span:
[H/t Roll Call]