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Rep. Greene’s Combative Behavior Could Spark Ethics Review

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year before her election to Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene searched for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at her Capitol office, taunting the New York Democrat to “get rid of your diaper” and “talk to the American citizens,” as shown in video unearthed Friday by CNN.

“I am an American citizen. I pay your salary through the taxes that you collect from me through the IRS,” Greene says through the mail slot of a locked door. “I am a woman. I am a female business owner and I’m proud to be an American woman. And I do not support your socialist policies.”

The Georgia Republican continued: “If you want to be a big girl, you need to get rid of your diaper and come out and be able to talk to the American citizens.” Two men appear along with her in the video, also mocking Ocasio-Cortez and her staff through the mail slot.

The release of the since-deleted video, which was initially broadcast in February 2019 on Facebook Live, came the same week that Greene followed Ocasio-Cortez off the House floor, shouting that the Democrat supported “terrorists” and doesn’t “care about the American people,” as first reported by The Washington Post. She has been challenging Ocasio-Cortez to a debate on Twitter, entreaties that Ocasio-Cortez had been ignoring.

The incidents add to a portrait of the activist-turned-lawmaker who has shown little interest in governing, but has instead used her platform to float conspiracy theories, push Donald Trump’s false claims about a stolen 2020 election and further her own notoriety. Her combativeness toward colleagues has only grown after an unprecedented rebuke where the House stripped her of committee assignments, effectively ending her ability to shape legislation.

Another confrontation Friday involved a member of her staff.

Rep. Eric Swalwell on Friday said that a staffer for Greene yelled at him to take his mask off after stepping off the House floor, an unusual of breach of decorum. Though the CDC has relaxed mask-wearing guidelines for those who have been vaccinated, many lawmakers continue to wear them, and they are still required on the House floor.

“I had a mask on as I stepped off the Floor. An aide with @mtgreenee yelled at me to take my mask off. No one should be bullied for wearing a mask,”‘ Swalwell tweeted. “So I told the bully what I thought of his order.”

Greene’s behavior has alarmed some members of Congress, where feelings remain raw after the deadly Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters intent on overturning the outcome of the 2020 election.

“This is a woman that’s deeply unwell and clearly needs some help,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters Friday. “Her kind of fixation has lasted for several years now” and the “depth of that unwellness has raised concerns for other members, as well.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Greene’s behavior was “beyond the pale” and raised the possibility of an ethics investigation.

“This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States and is a cause for trauma, and fear among members, especially on the heels of an insurrection,” Pelosi said Thursday..

Yet so far, Republicans have shown little appetite for punishing Greene. They rallied around her in February after some of her past comments came to light, including her endorsement of calls to assassinate leading Democrats. That left it to Democrats, who were joined by 11 Republicans, in voting to strip her of her committee assignments.

As a congressional candidate, Greene posted a photo in 2020 of herself with a gun next to images of Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Before her election, she also supported Facebook posts that advocated violence against Democrats and the FBI. One suggested shooting Pelosi in the head. In response to a post raising the prospect of hanging former President Barack Obama, Greene responded that the “stage is being set.”

In one 2018 Facebook posts, she speculated that “lasers or blue beams of light” controlled by a left-wing cabal tied to a powerful Jewish family could have been responsible for sparking California wildfires.

And in February 2019, Greene appeared in an another online video filmed at the U.S. Capitol, arguing that Omar and Tlaib weren’t “really official” members of Congress because they didn’t take the oath of office on the Bible. Both women are Muslim.

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ABC13 Exclusive: Rep. Dan Crenshaw talks emergency eye surgery and recovery ahead

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw is on the road to recovery and is optimistic about his sight returning to normal after emergency surgery for a detached retina.Eyewitness News spoke exclusively with the representative on Wednesday via Skype, who said he hopes to be back in action soon.

“I never had a good eye,” he told ABC13 via from his Houston home. “Everybody sees me in public and thinks, ‘Well, he’s got one eye. At least he’s got one eye.’ Well, that’s never really been true. I’ve always had extensive damage to my one eye, and that scar tissue had built up in my eye from the damage over the years and eventually caused it to detach.”READ MORE: Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw recovering from emergency eye surgery

The second-term Republican congressman, who represents Texas’ second district, lost his right eye during a bomb explosion Afghanistan while serving with the Navy SEALs in 2012. His left eye requires specific contacts or severe glasses.

Crenshaw has no natural lens and likens his vision to someone with a cataract. But weeks ago, it got worse.

“The left half of my vision was closing in,” Crenshaw explained. “The retina was peeling off. It’s like a poster on your wall peeling off. Luckily, it didn’t fall off. If it had fallen off, I would have gone blind immediately.”

He credits his doctors at the Houston VA hospital for an outstanding job. For seven days, he was forced to sit face down and couldn’t travel for six weeks.

Crenshaw won’t risk the increased pressure in the gas bubble inserted to help the retina.”The retina looks like it’s in a good place,” he said. “So, I am optimistic that I’ll get back to my sense of normal. Again, that’s very different than your sense of normal, but my sense of normal is what I’m hoping for. ”

Crenshaw is also a best-selling author. In his book, Fortitude, he spoke about resilience and self-reliance, personal responsibility and having a positive attitude.

“It was terrifying, but it can always be worse,” he said. “That’s what perspective is. America needs a lot more of that these days. It could always be worse, and you always deal with it better. That’s an important reminder when going through tough times.”He said that’s what he takes from this experience. The congressman hopes to be on the road again by the end of May, but his office never shut down. They continue to the people’s business, and he can participate remotely in much of the daily Capitol Hill work, for now.

To watch Rep. Crenshaw’s full interview, watch it now on ABC13 using your favorite streaming devices, like Roku, FireTV, AppleTV and GoogleTV. Just search “ABC13 Houston.”

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“My name is Dan and I’m an alcoholic”: State Rep. Dan Huberty confronts addiction after DWI arrest

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Special election to replace U.S. Rep. Ron Wright remains highly competitive

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U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar joins lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of inciting Capitol riot

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar[1], D-El Paso, joined nine other congressional Democrats on Wednesday in adding their names to a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for conspiring with right-wing extremists to incite a riot at the U.S. Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 election results.

The lawsuit was initially filed by the NAACP, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi and civil rights law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll in mid-February[2]. It argues that Trump, Giuliani and extremist groups like the Proud Boys violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, which was “in response to KKK violence and intimidation preventing Members of Congress in the South during Reconstruction from carrying out their constitutional duties,” according to the NAACP[3].

The amended complaint adds into the record statements from members of Congress who were inside the Capitol as rioters stormed the building, essentially helping the plaintiffs build their case against Trump and Giuliani.

In Escobar’s statement[4], she recounts receiving text messages from her family asking if she was safe and noticing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other people being escorted away by law enforcement officers. She recalls hearing shouts, banging from the outside, being instructed by police to wear a gas mask and how “her heart began racing” as the riot unfolded.

“Her fears were heightened even further when the Capitol Police informed her that tear gas had been released in Statuary Hall and she realized she did not know how to properly wear the gas mask provided her,” according to the amended complaint.

Escobar, along with the other members of Congress at the Capitol, were all eventually evacuated to the opposite side of the House gallery and had to lie down on the floor, according to her account. She recalled seeing Capitol police standing behind a door barricaded by furniture with their weapons drawn and feeling her safety was “in great jeopardy.” She was in the House chamber until about 3 a.m. the next day.

“This is the second domestic terrorist attack I have personally lived through, and I will say again what I said on Aug. 3, 2019: Words have consequences, and I hold Donald Trump responsible for the words he uses to fuel hate, sow division and spread lies that have led to America’s darkest days,” Escobar said in a video[5] following the Capitol riot, referencing the date of the deadly mass shooting by a racist gunman at a Walmart inside her district at the first attack.

A spokesperson for Trump has previously denied that the former president played a role in inciting the riot.

“President Trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6,” the spokesperson, Jason Miller, said in February.

The other members of Congress who joined as plaintiffs recounted similar experiences of how the insurrection unfolded and the fear and panic they experienced.

In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, the U.S. House swiftly impeached Trump for a second time. Congressional Republicans decried the move as inappropriate but nodded at the possibility of the judiciary being the final arbiter of justice.

“Impeachment was never meant to be the final forum for American justice. … We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former presidents are not immune from being held accountable by either one,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on the Senate floor in February.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, said in a public statement[6] that “the ultimate accountability is through our criminal justice system where political passions are checked.”

The NAACP lawsuit is in tandem with another similar lawsuit[7] filed by Congressman Eric Swalwell, D-California, against Trump, Giuliani, his son and a Republican congressman for their respective roles in causing the insurrection.

References

  1. ^ Veronica Escobar (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ in mid-February (naacp.org)
  3. ^ NAACP (naacp.org)
  4. ^ Escobar’s statement (cdn.cnn.com)
  5. ^ said in a video (escobar.house.gov)
  6. ^ public statement (www.tillis.senate.gov)
  7. ^ with another similar lawsuit (apnews.com)

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Matt Gaetz: 5 Things To Know About GOP Rep. Under Investigation By FBI For Alleged Sex Trafficking

Rep. Matt Gaetz is under investigation by the FBI for allegations of sex with a minor and sex trafficking. Here’s what you need to know about the investigation, and the Florida Rep. himself.

The FBI has announced an investigation into Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz over allegations that the Republican, 38, slept with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her travel two years ago, The New York Times[1] first reported on March 31. The age of sexual consent in Florida is 18. The Department of Justice is investigating whether Gaetz, a GOP firebrand and close Donald Trump[2] ally, has violated sex trafficking laws. The third-term congressman has not been charged with anything at this time, and says he is cooperating with the investigation.

Gaetz fervently denied all allegations in a statement — and then some. In what Fox News’ Tucker Carlson called his “weirdest interview ever,” Gaetz claimed on March 30 that the allegations are part of an ongoing effort to extort him and his family. “Over the past several weeks my family and I have been victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $ 25 million while threatening to smear my name… I demand the DOJ immediately release the tapes, made at their direction, which implicate their former colleague in crimes against me based on false allegations,” he said.

He claimed that his father, former president of the Florida state Senate Donald Gaetz, “has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals.” The former DOJ official Gaetz named is attorney David McGee, who denied any involvement in the investigation or attempts to exort the family to The Washington Post[5]. McGee confirmed that Donald Gaetz had reached out to him to discuss a subject he declined to disclose.

“I have not had a relationship with a 17-year-old,” Gaetz said in his Tucker Carlson Tonight interview. “That is totally false. The allegation is, I read it in the New York Times, is that I’ve traveled with some 17-year-old in some relationship. That is false, and records will bear that out to be false. Providing for flights and hotel rooms for people that you’re dating who are of legal age is not a crime… People were talking about a minor and that there were pictures of me with child prostitutes. That’s obviously false. There will be no such pictures, because no such thing happened.”

Gaetz reportedly gained a reputation when he arrived at Congress in 2017 for bragging about his sexual exploits, multiple sources told CNN[6]. The sources claim that Gatz allegedly showed photos and videos of nude women he slept with, which he kept on his phone, to other lawmakers (including on the House floor). The sources, allegedly including two people shown the explicit material, told CNN that Gaetz described having sex with the women, as well. It is unclear if these pictures and video are connected to the DOJ investigation.

Gaetz could be charged under the Mann Act[7], which prohibits bringing anyone across state lines “with intent that such individual engage in prostitution, or in any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense.” The investigation opened in 2020 under President Trump’s administration. Gaetz told Axios[8], “The allegations against me are as searing as they are false. I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalize my sexual conduct, you know when I was a single guy.”

Here’s what else you need to know about Gaetz:

1. Gaetz Is Also Being Investigated For Paying Women Online For Sex

The DOJ’s investigation is focused on Gaetz’s alleged involvement with “multiple women who were recruited online for sex and received cash payments,” The New York Times[9] reported on April 1. Investigators believe that Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector in Florida who was indicted in 2020 on a federal sex trafficking charge, met the women in question on websites where women go on dates in exchange for gifts and money, according to sources who spoke with the paper. Investigators claim Greenberg introduced the women to Gaetz, who allegedly had sex with them. Gaetz has denied ever paying a woman for sex.

The New York Times claims they reviewed receipts from Cash App and Apple Pay that show money sent to one of the women by Gaetz and Greenberg, and from Greenberg to another woman. Gaetz and Greenberg allegedly told women to meet them at hotels and other locations in Florida throughout 2019 and 2020. One woman told the paper that Gaetz and Greenberg also sometimes paid her in cash.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks at CPAC 2021 (Shutterstock)

2. Gaetz Is One Of Congress’ Most Controversial Reps. 

The hard right Republican’s attention-seeking antics include wearing a gas mask on the floor of the House in March 2020. He mocked what he believed was an overreaction to the growing COVID-19 pandemic during a hearing about funding the public health battle. He remained a staunch anti-masker during the deadly coronavirus[10] outbreak, and ending up testing positive for the antibodies on Nov. 3, 2020.

Gaetz incorrectly claimed that it was Antifa members and not all Trump supporters who laid siege on the U.S. Capitol[11] on Jan. 6, 2021. He declared, “Some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters. They were masquerading as Trump supporters and in fact, were members of the violent terrorist group Antifa,” to rounds of “boo’s”[12] during a speech on the House floor early the following morning. Gaetz was flagged by Twitter for “glorifying violence” following an outrageous June 1, 2020 tweet amid the nationwide George Floyd[13] police protests by writing, “Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?”

Gaetz has represented Florida’s 1st congressional district since 2016, and has been reelected twice since. He is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and sits on the following committees: Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, Committee on the Budget, Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. He has not been removed from any committees since news broke of his DOJ investigation.

3. He Voted No On A Bill Combatting Human Trafficking

Gaetz was the only Rep. who voted “no” on the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act in 2017. The bill allocates additional government resources to combat human trafficking in the United States. Gaetz said on Facebook Live[14] that he opposed the bill because it represented “mission creep” of federal government. “Unless there is an overwhelming, compelling reason that our existing agencies in the federal government can’t handle that problem, I vote no because voters in Northwest Florida did not send me to Washington to go and create more federal government,” Gaetz said.

4. He’s A Staunch Supporter Of Donald Trump

Gaetz has alienated himself from Congressional colleagues for his fervent Trump support. Throughout Trump’s presidency, Gaetz was constantly featured on Fox News and OAN parroting Trump’s rhetoric. When Trump called Haiti a “sh*thole country”[15] in 2018, Gaetz backed him up by tweeting, “The conditions in Haiti are deplorable, they are disgusting. I mean, everywhere you look in Haiti, it’s sheet metal and garbage.” Gaetz was so loyal to Trump that he even said he’d resign[16] his House seat to represent Trump in his second impeachment trial if asked to join his legal team.

Matt Gaetz

5. Gaetz Is Part Of The #FreeBritney Movement

Britney Spears[17] found a very unlikely ally in Gaetz. The congressman asked in March that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) host a televised inquiry into the due process of conservatorships, and specifically mentioned the “Toxic” singer in his letter. In his letter, Gaetz brought up many points of contention that appeared in the documentary Framing Britney Spears[18], including how her father came about having control — and keeping it — over Britney’s life via the conservatorship[19].

“The facts and circumstancing giving rise to this arrangement remain in dispute but involve questionable motives and legal tactics by her father and now-conservator, Jamie Spears,” he wrote. Gaetz later tweeted[20] on Mar. 9 that “I think @britneyspears would be a great witness in the House Judiciary Committee. She would likely have a lot to say on conservatorships. #FreeBritney”

References

  1. ^ The New York Times (www.nytimes.com)
  2. ^ Donald Trump (hollywoodlife.com)
  3. ^ pic.twitter.com/emGePJeVfV (t.co)
  4. ^ March 31, 2021 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ The Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com)
  6. ^ CNN (www.cnn.com)
  7. ^ Mann Act (www.findlaw.com)
  8. ^ Axios (www.axios.com)
  9. ^ The New York Times (www.nytimes.com)
  10. ^ coronavirus (hollywoodlife.com)
  11. ^ siege on the U.S. Capitol (hollywoodlife.com)
  12. ^ rounds of “boo’s” (www.washingtonpost.com)
  13. ^ George Floyd (hollywoodlife.com)
  14. ^ on Facebook Live (www.pnj.com)
  15. ^ “sh*thole country” (hollywoodlife.com)
  16. ^ he’d resign (www.orlandoweekly.com)
  17. ^ Britney Spears (hollywoodlife.com)
  18. ^ Framing Britney Spears (hollywoodlife.com)
  19. ^ conservatorship (hollywoodlife.com)
  20. ^ tweeted (twitter.com)

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Join The Texas Tribune for an interview with U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar and McAllen Mayor Jim Darling on the state of the border

The number of people who have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border has trended upward[1] since October, and the Biden administration is struggling with how to address the rapid influx of undocumented immigrants. How can robust immigration reform move forward?

Join The Texas Tribune at noon Central on March 31 for an interview with U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar[2], D-El Paso, and McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey[3] will moderate.

They’ll discuss the increase in migrant apprehensions, cramped conditions[4] at Border Patrol facilities and what this all means for Texans.

Register for the conversation here[5]

Escobar, D-El Paso, has represented Texas’ 16th Congressional District since 2019. She sits on the House Judiciary, Armed Services and Ethics committees and is vice chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus. Escobar is also co-chair of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration. Previously, she served as El Paso County judge and as county commissioner.

Darling has served as mayor of McAllen since 2013. Previously, he spent 28 years as a city attorney with the city of McAllen and other governmental entities and as a city commissioner for six years. Darling is also the chair of the Lower Rio Grande River Water Authority, Hidalgo-McAllen International Bridge Board and Anzalduas International Bridge Board.

This conversation will be livestreamed starting at noon Central on Wednesday, March 31 here and on our social media channels[6].

Tribune events are also supported through contributions[7] from our founding investors and members. Though donors[8] and corporate sponsors[9] underwrite Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.

References

  1. ^ trended upward (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ Veronica Escobar (www.texastribune.org)
  3. ^ Ross Ramsey (www.texastribune.org)
  4. ^ cramped conditions (www.texastribune.org)
  5. ^ Register for the conversation here (watch-migration-border.splashthat.com)
  6. ^ social media channels (www.facebook.com)
  7. ^ contributions (www.texastribune.org)
  8. ^ donors (www.texastribune.org)
  9. ^ corporate sponsors (www.texastribune.org)

Texas Tribune Events Staff