Rep. Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaDuncan Hunter to plead guilty to campaign finance violations Why the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy Elijah Cummings, native son of Baltimore, gets emotional send-off from Democratic luminaries MORE (R-Calif.) apologized to Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsAdam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings Tucker Carlson calls Trump 'full-blown BS artist' in segment defending him from media coverage Elijah Cummings's daughters back former aide over widow in race to fill seat MORE (D-Md.) for cutting off his microphone during a heated hearing on alleged Internal Revenue Service abuses.

In a telephone conversation Thursday with U-T San Diego, the House Oversight Committee chairman said, “I could have offered to reopen the hearing and allowed him to make a second statement. As chairman, I should have been much more sensitive to the mood of what was going on, and I take responsibility.”

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“Mr. Cummings is a member of Congress who works very hard for his constituents,” he added.

Issa called what happened “an unfortunate incident” and said he and Cummings, the top Democrat on the Oversight and Government Reform Committe, talked about how they could “do a better job going forward.”

"This evening, Chairman Issa telephoned me and apologized for his conduct, and I accepted his apology," Cummings said in a statement.

"My sincere hope is that as we move forward, we will respect the opinions of all members of the committee, we will proceed in a deliberate and considered manner to obtain the facts, we will refrain from making accusations that have no basis in fact, and we will seek resolution rather than unnecessary conflict."

The move came after the Congressional Black Caucus petitioned Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to strip Issa's chairmanship for his behavior at Wednesday's contentious IRS hearing. The House, however, failed to pass a resolution condemning Issa in a 211-186 vote.