Marjorie Taylor Greene Has More Problems: The group of conservative lawmakers has officially ejected the controversial Georgia Congresswoman, following a series of disputes.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Has Drama to Contend With
Back in June, there were indications that the House Freedom Caucus had taken a vote on the fate of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and had possibly decided to remove her.
Now, it’s official: Greene is out of the Freedom Caucus, becoming the first member in the history of the group to be kicked out. Then-Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), a founding member of the Freedom Caucus, stepped down from the group in 2019 after he stated that he believed Donald Trump had committed impeachment offenses, following the release of the Mueller Report; the rest of the Caucus were, and remain, die-hard Trump supporters.
According to Politico, a member of the group has confirmed that Greene was voted out. Note: the reporting comes from just one source.
“A vote was taken to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House Freedom Caucus for some of the things she’s done,” said Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) told Politico.
The vote came shortly after the well-documented fight on the floor of the House last month between Greene and her ally-turned-rival Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), in which the two Congresswomen reportedly clashed over their rival efforts to impeach President Biden, and Greene was said to have referred to Boebert with an expletive.
“I think the way she referred to a fellow member was probably not the way we expect our members to refer to other fellow, especially female, members,” Harris told Politico, indicating that this was something of a final straw in the decision to remove Greene from the Caucus.
However, there were other factors as well, including Greene’s much-publicized alliance with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, which had Greene supporting both McCarthy’s speakership and his budget deal with President Biden when the Caucus opposed both.
“I think all of that mattered,” Harris told the news outlet. “I think the straw that broke the camel’s back was publicly saying things about another member in terms that no one should.”
What does this mean for Greene? Probably not much, aside from not being able to attend the Caucus’ weekly meetings, and not being able to count on the support of Freedom Caucus members when she gets into her frequent public controversies.
Rep. Greene has retained her committee assignments, which she had taken from her during her previous term in Congress, and is, therefore, able to grandstand as much as she likes, whether in Congressional hearings or in the press.
Greene, a member of the House Oversight Committee, has been at the forefront of efforts to pursue long-shot impeachments of President Biden and several other administration officials and has also introduced legislation to expunge Trump’s two impeachments.
Greene, last month, had complained that Boebert had leaked word of their confrontation to the press- even though it took place in front of numerous witnesses, as well as C-SPAN’s cameras.
“I find it unfortunate that Lauren Boebert leaked that conversation that we had to the press. But once she leaked it out, I had to confirm that that’s, in fact, what I said,” Greene said of the instantly notorious “little *****” comment.
Greene also, several times in the last week of June, tweeted about the idea that President Biden had “lawyered up” and hired new legal counsel, even though there had been no reports anywhere in the media about Biden hiring a new lawyer, aside from a tweet from Rep. Darrell Issa.
Over a video of Biden talking about a recent call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Greene tweeted “I’d like to know if his newly hired attorney was in the room as well.”
The Biden-Harris campaign did announce this week that they have hired Maury Riggan, who was formerly White House Counsel, as the general counsel for the 2024 campaign, but that’s not a hire of a criminal lawyer.
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