Congressional Committee Gathering Devolves Into Disorder

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( – On Thursday, May 16, disorder erupted in the House Oversight Committee hearing. Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) got into a heated argument after the latter accused Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas) of having “fake eyelashes” on.

The hearing was meant to focus on holding Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress. However, the comment resulted in the committee losing focus as lawmakers started yelling at and insulting one another. Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) struggled to bring back order to the committee.

When Greene made the comment about the “fake eyelashes,” Ocasio-Cortez responded that it was “disgusting” and condemned Greene for attacking someone’s appearance. The two of them continued to trade barbs, with Greene offering to strike her comment and later strike a remark about Ocasio Cortez’s intelligence. However, she refused to apologize. Other lawmakers also jumped in to engage in continued back and forth, with Crockett joining in as well to insult Greene.

Following the incident, the committee held a vote on Thursday night to determine whether or not Greene would be blocked from speaking during the hearing. The panel ultimately decided to allow Greene to speak in a 22-20 vote. 

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who has previously gotten into disagreements with Greene, voted against allowing Greene to make any further comments during the hearing. 

The House GOP proceeded with their efforts to hold Garland in contempt after he refused to hand over the audio recordings from the interview of special counsel Robert Hur and President Joe Biden relating to the classified documents that were found in the latter’s possession. The transcripts for the interview have already been handed over, and Biden has claimed that the audio recordings are protected by executive privilege. 

On Thursday night the vote passed 24-20 along party lines, while earlier that day the House Judiciary Committee had voted similarly. Now, it will be up to the full House to vote on whether or not the attorney general should be held in contempt. 

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