Marjorie Taylor Greene: House Rules Committee backs resolution to strip committee seats


House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) opted Wednesday not to remove Mrs. Greene from her committees over her incendiary past comments, but urged her to publicly denounce them.

The statement by No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer intensifies the stakes over the Georgia Republican's online embrace of conspiracy theories and violent racist views.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) is keeping her place in House GOP leadership.

"While Democrats pursue a resolution on Congresswoman Greene, they continue to do nothing about Democrats serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee who have spread antisemitic tropes", McCarthy said.

Yet the Georgia Republican, while showing some regret to colleagues behind closed doors, has repeatedly vowed publicly on Twitter that she would never back down after reports last week revealed she had endorsed extremist and violent views such as executing Democratic leaders and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents as well as suggesting that some school shootings were "false flag" operations.

She reportedly told fellow Republicans that she had erred in being curious about QAnon, a weird conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump was waging a clandestine war on a cabal of child-abusers.

Republicans also decided not to take action against Greene, who has propagated a series of unfounded conspiracy theories and has been a vocal supporter of Trump's false assertion that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. Some Democrats called for her to be expelled from Congress.

Greene herself tweeted fundraising appeals Tuesday that said, "With your support, the Democrat mob can't cancel me", beneath a picture of herself standing with Trump. This, too, is quite unusual, as you don't generally see senators telling those in the House of Representatives how they should conduct their affairs.

Cheney ultimately emerged victorious after a 145-61 secret ballot vote.

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House Democrats, who hold a slim majority, were preparing to advance legislation on Wednesday relieving Greene of her committee assignments if House Republicans did not act promptly.

He condemned Greene's past endorsements of conspiracy theories - after weeks of saying little critical of her - and said the first-term congresswoman had recognized in a private conversation that she must meet "a higher standard" as a lawmaker.

When CNN later uncovered more posts from her Facebook account calling for the execution of Democratic politicians, she lashed out at the network and called their story a "hit piece".

"It is going to be a long road because these are the children that are born out of a white supremacist movement that is taking over the base of the Republican Party", Omar said. However, this is easier said than done and requires a two-thirds majority vote.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy released a statement Wednesday night condemning Greene's past comments but didn't indicate that any party disciplinary action would be taken against her.

Mr McCarthy, a California representative, said Mrs Greene's comments had caused "deep wounds to many".

Greene, 46, who represents a Georgia district, took office just last month.

On the House floor Thursday, Mrs. Greene also addressed some of those past posts. The last time the full House voted to remove a minority party member from a committee was in 2006, when it ratified a recommendation from House Democrats to oust William Jefferson (D-La.), under federal investigation for bribery, from the Ways and Means Committee.

The Senate plans to begin its impeachment trial of Trump next week.