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Darrell Issa apologizes to Elijah Cummings

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(WJLA) - It was a week filled with fireworks on the Hill.

Wednesday, there was another hearing on the IRS scandal, in which the agency targeted political groups based on key search terms. 

Again, former IRS official Lois Lerner pleaded the fifth. But what happened afterwards made national headlines. 

Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, apologized after cutting off Elijah Cummings (D-MD), a ranking member on the Committee. 

Issa adjourned the hearing and turned off Cummings' microphone. 

When that happened, Cummings shouted, "If you will, sit down and allow me to ask questions. I am a member of the United States Congress." 

That prompted the the Congressional Black Caucus to call for Issa to be removed as chairman. 

On the floor, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), along with CBC members, made that request: "The House of Representatives strongly condemns the offensive and disrespectful manner in which Chairman Darrell E. Issa conducted the hearing of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform on March 5, 2014." 

Fudge offered a resolution, condemning Issa for his "offensive and disrespectful manner." The House voted 211-186, blocking it. 

In his weekly press conference, Boehner stood by Issa. When questioned by reporters, he said, "Issa is the chairman, he's done an effective job as chairman, and I support him." 

Cummings continued to say that the minority voice in the House was silenced, but did accept Issa's apology Thursday night.

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