Rep. Issa's decision to end a hearing on IRS targeting of conservative groups by cutting off the microphones in the hearing room was justified under the circumstances. As the Chair of the committeed Rep. Issa was in charge of the hearing and has the responsibility to ensure that it was conducted in a fashion that preserved the dignity of Congress. Like a judge in a courtroom Rep. Issa had the responsibility to maintain order in the hearing room and the authority to decide what actions were necessary to maintain it. Rep. Issa acted within the scope of his authority when he decided to maintain order by cutting off the microphones.
Part of what makes the United States government one of the most powerful governments in the world is its ability to sustain all forms of debate. When. Rep. Darrell Issa attempted to end a controversial hearing on the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) by cutting the hearing room microphones, he disgraced himself.
I don't like Darrell Issa. He's one of the reasons California's competent governor Grey Davis was recalled about a decade ago, because he wanted to buy his way into Sacramento. Fortunately, a certain famous actor stepped up and prevented that. In this IRS hearing, it was obvious that it was a staged media event that got out of hand for the conservatives, who suddenly found their behavior being scrutinized stronger than they wished. Issa cut it off because he's a sleazy little partisan coward.
I do not believe Darrell Issa was justified in ending a hearing on IRS targeting of conservative groups by cutting the hearing room microphones. If anything this action should call for his resignation rather than the simple apology he has issued. It would seem this Congress member is quite adept to using illegal maneuvers to handle his problems. He should not have his job at this point.