“Your tactics undermine the committee’s investigative prerogatives and harm the institutional interests of the House of Representatives,” Issa wrote to Cummings.
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House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has rejected a Democratic claim that his efforts to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt have been compromised, calling those assertions “wrong on the facts and the law.”

In a Friday letter, Issa also escalated his longstanding feud with his panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), over the committee’s investigation into the IRS’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups and its efforts to obtain the testimony of Lois Lerner, the former agency official at the center of the controversy.

Issa accuses Cummings in the Friday letter of essentially acting as a defense attorney for Lerner, whom Republicans on the panel have ruled has waived her Fifth Amendment rights.

“Your tactics undermine the committee’s investigative prerogatives and harm the institutional interests of the House of Representatives,” Issa wrote to Cummings.

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