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Yarmuth Tells GOP Lawmaker to Apologize For Badgering Warren

In a stinging letter signed by fellow committee members, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has asked House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee Chairman Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., to apologize for impugning the character of White House consumer adviser Elizabeth Warren at a recent hearing.

During the argument, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, who also signed Yarmuth’s letter, interrupts McHenry and suggest he check the schedule with his staff before suggesting Warren is lying

Here’s part of the exchange between McHenry and Warren on Tuesday.

Since the dust up, Warren’s supporters have blasted the GOP lawmaker on his Facebook page, calling him a “rude bully” who should be ashamed for his behavior.

“We believe you should apologize to the members of the subcommittee, as well, for denigrating the proceedings and potentially compromising our ability to conduct our important work in the future,” Yarmuth says.

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Yarmuth Defends Warren During Hearing

Facing hostile questions from Republican lawmakers, White House consumer adviser Elizabeth Warren was grilled during a subcommittee meeting that got nasty when the panel’s chairman accused her of lying about the terms of her appearance.

During a hearing entitled “Who’s Watching the Watchmen”, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., declared the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau being formed by the Obama administration a “super class of administrative elites,” and asked Warren if she’d accept leading the new agency.

“Congressman, we had an agreement,” she told Congressman McHenry.

“You had no agreement, you are making this up, Ms. Warren,” McHenry said.

Apologizing for McHenry’s “rude” behavior, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., defended Warren, saying she is an effective spokesperson who is feared by many who are against consumers protections (h/t B&P).

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