Oct 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Marjorie Taylor Greene fights with House colleagues during Bannon vote

Reps. Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Green are seen sitting next to each during a congressional hearing.
Reps. Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene attend a hearing Thursday to hear testimony from Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) exchanged harsh words on the House floor amid Thursday's vote to hold former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.

Why it matters: The exchange is emblematic of the divisive and emotionally charged nature around the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Details: “This is a joke,” Greene said on the House floor, presumably about the vote. “Why don’t you care about the American people?” she asked Raskin, a member of House Jan. 6 Select Committee.

  • “You represent the American people,” he responded.
  • “You represent Congress,” Greene replied.

At that point, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), one of two Republicans who sit on the select committee, said something unintelligible.

  • Greene replied to Cheney: “You’re done. You’re a joke, Liz. Your party rejected you.”
  • Cheney responded that Greene was a joke, and asked whether she needed to be focusing on her “anti-Semitic space lasers," a source familiar with the conversation told Axios.
  • Greene replied that she'd never said that.
  • Greene said later in a statement to Axios: “Democrat Liz Cheney, Russia hoaxer [Rep.] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] and disheveled Jamie Raskin were giggling together and patting each other on the back in the well of the House. I had to let them know that their J6 witch hunt committee is an absolute joke.”

What’s next: The House voted to hold Bannon in contempt, mostly among party lines — but with nine Republicans voting "yes" with Democrats.

  • The Justice Department will now consider bringing criminal charges against Bannon.
  • The vote itself marks a significant escalation in the Jan. 6 committee's efforts to enforce subpoenas against Trump allies who refuse to cooperate.

Editor's note: Updates with additional details on the Cheney-Greene exchange.

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