(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On a Tuesday hearing with the House Homeland Security Committee, the Democrats tried to strike from the record Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) remarks twice. However, these requests were unsuccessful as the House Homeland Security Committee did not reprimand her about the allegations of a colleague having an extramarital affair. However, her comments regarding Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas being a liar were withdrawn.
The agreement to have Greene’s comments retracted marks a departure from the Republican’s general stance, as usually, they are not in agreement with blocking Greene’s statements. Chairman Mark Green (R-Tenn.) also unknowingly did not call for her comments to be stricken down, but rather to be “take(n) down” which effectively terminated Greene’s right to speak during the hearing.
The comments from Greene came within a few minutes of each other. At first, Greene responded to Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), calling for Greene and others to stop their efforts to defund the FBI. In her response, she said that these criticisms were entertaining “from someone that had a sexual relationship with a Chinese spy, and everyone knows it.”
Democrats tried to have these comments stricken from the record, as they would constitute a personal attack, but their requests were unsuccessful.
Ranking member Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) appealed the ruling, which led to a vote that failed along party lines in an 11 to 9 vote. However, minutes later the Democrats were successful in blocking Greene from tacking in the committee further after she called Mayorkas a liar.
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