Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have been trying to get an investigation into potential corruption regarding Countrywide's 'VIP' mortgage program. The main focus are Democrats Kent Conrad and Chris Dodd. The Republicans were poised to force a vote. To avoid such a vote, the Democrats intentionally decided not to show up. They claimed a scheduling conflict, but a Republican staffer caught them on camera leaving through the back door proving that there was not conflict. Seeing the obvious political potential of such footage, they created and posted a video.
Video embedded below.
In response, the Democrats are keeping the committee room locked so the Republicans are unable to meet without the Democrats being there as well.
"Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) locked Republicans out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room to keep them from meeting when Democrats aren’t present.
Towns’ action came after repeated public ridicule from the leading Republican on the committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), over Towns’s failure to launch an investigation into Countrywide Mortgage’s reported sweetheart deals to VIPs."