- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa was reportedly kicked out of Tuesday’s closed-door deposition of Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Mr. Issa, former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, marched into the closed-door testimony and remained inside for about a minute until he was escorted out by South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, The Hill reported.

“Issa stormed off in a huff after Gowdy escorted him out. Slammed an empty soda can into the nearest trash can. With authority, as they say,” The Hill’s Martin Matishak tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

A Vine video posted by NBC News’ Frank Thorp showed parts of the encounter.

“Sorry about that,” Mr. Gowdy, the panel’s chairman, said upon his return, The Hill reported.

Mr. Gowdy declined to comment on the encounter when asked during a brief break in proceedings.

“You’ll have to ask Chairman Issa,” he told The Hill.

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