Friday, May 27, 2011

GOP Rep. Accuses Elizabeth Warren of Lying During House Testimony | The Blaze

GOP Rep. Accuses Elizabeth Warren of Lying During House Testimony | The Blaze

From the Washington Examiner:

Elizabeth Warren, President Obama’s controversial choice to head the new consumer financial regulatory agency, skipped out of a House Oversight hearing before answering questions from two members of the committee, claiming that she had reached an agreement allowing her to leave at that time. But Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-NC, chair of the subcommittee holding the hearing, said no such agreement existed.

“You’re making this up, Ms. Warren,” McHenry fired back when Warren claimed she only agreed to come under the condition she could leave at 2:15 p.m.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-MD, came to Warren’s defense, saying, “You just accused the lady of lying.”


A tense exchange ensued.

Warren claimed that the schedule had been changed on her four times in 12 hours, and she received late night phone calls about the changes. She said she had to rearrange her schedule to accommodate the new start time, and now had a scheduled meeting, so she couldn’t stay an additional 10 minutes to answer more questions.

McHenry argued that Republican committee staff had been working for weeks to accommodate her schedule, even choosing this day because it worked best for her. He claimed that there was no firm agreement on when she could leave, only a pledge to try to get her out as soon as possible.

When he said he didn’t want to cause Warren problems, she shot back “You are causing problems.” She claimed “I have other obligations I committed to” based on the understanding she could leave.

After several minutes of back and fourth, during which none of the other committee members had come back from casting votes to ask questions, McHenry begrudgingly dismissed Warren.

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