Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., invoked “McCarthyism” Thursday to describe a House committee’s vote to hold ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for protesting her innocence but then refusing to testify about the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
The congressman went ballistic at a previous hearing, accusing Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., of “un-American” behavior after Issa adjourned because Lerner repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment.
Cummings, in addition, has accused one of the groups targeted by the IRS, Catherine Engelbrecht’s True the Vote, of being racist.
In short, he’s provided plenty of vitriol to create headwinds for the GOP-led committee trying to investigate government wrongdoing.
But that was the job he reportedly was placed there to do by House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Talking Points Memo reported in 2010 that another Democrat, Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., was lined up to be the ranking minority member of the Oversight committee when Democrats got blown out in the 2010 elections and the GOP regained the majority.
Towns surprised everyone when he dropped out of the race for ranking member. But it wasn’t his choice, TPM said, citing two sources close to Towns who said the congressman received a call from Pelosi saying she could not support his candidacy.
Congressional leadership and the White House, according to TPM, wanted the ranking member to be a “bulldog, who can stand toe to toe with incoming chairman,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
That meant Cummings would leapfrog both Towns and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., the senior Democrat on the committee.
The report, citing the sources, said Cummings had earned broad respect from the caucus for his performance on the committee and had been Pelosi’s favorite from the start.
TPM said placing Cummings in the seat was one way of making sure “that ranking members are on their top game, aggressive with the chairmen.” more here>>> http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/nancy-pelosis-secret-hand-in-irs-stonewall/