05/25/2011

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today was joined by her Democratic colleagues on the Subcommittee on TARP and Financial Services in a letter calling on Chairman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) to apologize for calling Professor Elizabeth Warren a liar during yesterday’s hearing.

“During yesterday’s Subcommittee hearing, you impugned the character of a dedicated public official who is doing nothing more than trying to serve the interests of American consumers,” the letter reads. “Your disrespectful treatment of Professor Warren undermines the integrity of our Committee and offends the standards of the House of Representatives.” 

McHenry claimed that Warren gave misleading testimony during a previous hearing on the abuses of mortgage companies. In fact, during a national press interview before the hearing started, he said he questioned “the veracity of her former testimony in relation to the reality that we now see.”  When asked by the correspondent if he thought she lied during her previous testimony, he replied, “Sure.”

During the hearing, McHenry accused Warren of lying about the agreement she made with his staff regarding the schedule and her departure time. These outrageous accusations came despite the fact that Warren had sworn under oath to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. 

“I was appalled by the behavior Chairman McHenry displayed during yesterday’s hearing,” Speier said. “Professor Warren is an admired public servant who has dedicated her career to protecting consumers. She deserves better than this unprofessional conduct and so does our subcommittee.”

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