Rep. Cummings Attacks Issa for 'Going Rogue'

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 12:31 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings has ramped up his feud with House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa by accusing him of "going rogue."

"I actually believe that Chairman Issa is out of control," Cummings said in an interview with "Politics Nation" on MSNBC on Tuesday night, according to Politico. "I think he’s going rogue."

Cummings lashed out at the California Republican over his decision to subpoena Secretary of State John Kerry to testify before the committee, even though Hillary Clinton was head of the State Department at the time of the attack on the Libya mission in Benghazi in 2012.

Cummings, who is the ranking Democrat on the committee and has just been assigned to the House special select committee on Benghazi, called Issa’s subpoena for Kerry to appear in June "very, very political."

During the interview with Al Sharpton, Cummings also said the special select committee should take precedence on all investigations pertaining to the attacks, during which four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

"I think what he wants to do is question the [State Department] about why he isn’t getting documents as fast as he’d like," Cummings said.

"If Issa really wanted to hear about some records that he hadn’t gotten, it would have been far more effective to bring in the custodian of records or somebody who was actually in charge of records."

Cummings’ confrontations with Issa began last year when the chairman said that the Democrat had made some "extreme and reckless" comments by stating that the IRS targeting of conservatives groups was a closed case.

The feud turned ugly in March when Issa cut off Cummings’ microphone after a heated hearing with former IRS official Lois Lerner over the scandal.

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