Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tried to crash a deposition by former Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal to the Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday, The Hill reported, and it apparently did not go well.
Issa, who stepped down as chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at the beginning of this year, only made it into the deposition for about a minute before he was escorted out by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chair of the committee, according to The Hill. The committee is investigating memos Blumenthal sent to Clinton about security in Libya when she was Secretary of State.
In a video of the exchange between the two members of Congress, Gowdy can be seen shaking his head as Issa walks away.
Representatives for both Issa and Gowdy did not immediately return a request for comment on why Issa appeared at the deposition and why he was escorted out.
Elise Viebeck, a reporter for The Washington Post, tweeted that staffers could be overheard making fun of Issa for trying to crash the deposition.
Earlier, senior staffers were overheard lamenting how Issa was on his way to "crash." "It's funny because that's so Issa," one said.
— Elise Viebeck (@eliseviebeck) June 16, 2015
Being escorted out isn't the first indignity Issa has suffered since giving up his chairmanship. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Issa's successor, had a portrait of the former chairman removed from the committee room earlier this year.
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