Ever since she first ran for Congress, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has been associated with QAnon conspiracy theories. Her social media history, prior to her election to the House, was full of support for aspects of the QAnon mythology, which posits that an elite cabal of pedophiles secretly controls the world and that former President Donald Trump was working to defeat them.
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Her past QAnon ties led Greene to lose her committee assignments during her first term in Congress. Greene claimed at the time that she “stopped” supporting QAnon in 2018, although she has appeared to endorse tenets of the theory since then.
According to testimony released by the January 6 Committee, Greene was referencing QAnon supporters in the immediate run-up to the attack on the Capitol.
Cassidy Hutchinson, the former White House aide who delivered dramatic public testimony to the Committee last summer, also testified behind closed doors, and those transcripts were released last week. In one portion, Hutchinson was asked if there had been discussions in the White House, in the weeks leading up to the insurrection, about “groups like the Oath Keepers.”
Hutchinson replied affirmatively, per the transcript.
“I remember the Oath Keepers, QAnon, and the Proud Boys coming up a few times. I don’t recall there being a specific conversation that I was a part of about one of the groups in particular, more of just in general what they believed to be the outcome of the election and how they had their theories, which I afterwards had learned for some of the times like Dominion voting machines.”
Then she was asked specifically about QAnon.
“I remember Mr. Meadows and Mr. Perry talking about all of the – all of the groups and with several other Members of Congress, mostly the ones included in the December 21st meeting,” Hutchinson testified, referencing then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA).
“I remember [then-Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama] mentioning some of the groups. [Rep. Andy] Biggs, Ms. Marjorie Taylor Greene, although it was Congresswoman-elect at the time. [White House adviser Peter Navarro] had talked about them a couple of times, had brought in packets for Mr. Meadows’ review, and I remember skimming through them and saying something about if QAnon supports this theory, not reading too much into it myself, but just trying to see what it was about. Internally that is kind of the extent that I currently remember.”
“I remember when we were traveling back from Georgia – or we were on the ground in Georgia actually, Ms. Greene, Mr. Meadows, and I – Mr. Meadows and I were having conversation on the ground in Georgia. Ms. Greene came up and began talking to us about QAnon and QAnon going to the rally, and she had a lot of constituents that are QAnon, and they’ll all be there. And she was showing him pictures of them traveling up to Washington, D.C., for the rally on the 6th.”
Hutchinson further discussed specific things Greene said to the then-president.
“I heard him talk on the plane that night because Ms. Taylor Greene gave him a very similar spiel: These are my constituents. Look, one of them had a Q shirt on. They are on the plane. And she showed him a picture of them, saying: Those are all my people.”
Hutchinson also said that Navarro had endorsed QAnon to her directly.
“Have you looked into it yet, Cass? I think they point out a lot of good 12 ideas. You really need to read this. Make sure the chief sees it,” Navarro told Hutchinson, per her testimony.
Back in mid-December Doug Jensen, a QAnon follower who was one of the January 6 rioters who chased Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, was sentenced to five years in prison. He had been convicted on seven counts, including felony charges of civil disorder and assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers.
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