WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed he will not yank Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) from her committee assignments in a Wednesday afternoon statement where he blamed Democrats for using the scandal for political gain.
McCarthy (R-Calif.) condemned Greene’s incendiary online behavior and said he warned her during a private meeting that she could not continue endorsing a range of fringe conspiracy theories as a member of Congress.
“Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference,” McCarthy wrote.
“Marjorie recognized this in our conversation,” he said of their Tuesday evening meeting. “I hold her to her word, as well as her actions going forward.”
The No. 2 GOP lawmaker turned his ire to Democrats, specifically Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who earlier Wednesday announced that the House will hold a vote on removing Greene from the Education and Budget committees.
“I understand that Marjorie’s comments have caused deep wounds to many and as a result, I offered Majority Leader Hoyer a path to lower the temperature and address these concerns,” McCarthy wrote.
“Instead of coming together to do that, the Democrats are choosing to raise the temperature by taking the unprecedented step to further their partisan power grab regarding the committee assignments of the other party,” he continued.
The top-ranking House Republican also took a thinly-veiled swipe at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her past anti-Semitic remarks and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) who it was revealed had a relationship with an alleged Chinese spy.
Hoyer met with McCarthy in a bid to broker her unilateral removal from committees via GOP leadership earlier Wednesday, but he said McCarthy was unwilling to go that far.
“I spoke to Leader McCarthy this morning, and it is clear there is no alternative to holding a Floor vote on the resolution to remove Rep. Greene from her committee assignments,” Hoyer said in a statement.
A group of Republican lawmakers offered up another solution on Wednesday — also ousting Omar from her committee assignments in the interest of fairness.
Greene’s controversial remarks are roiling the already-troubled Republican Party in the post-Trump era.
McCarthy is standing by the Georgia lawmaker and QAnon follower after House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called her a “cancer” on the party.
Greene, who was elected in November to represent a northwest Georgia congressional district, on Saturday boasted of receiving a phone call from Trump and has been unapologetic throughout the maelstrom.
In an interview on One America News Network on Monday evening, Greene defended herself and blamed the “bloodthirsty media” for attacking her.
“What you see is they’re bringing out little pieces of things and then they’re twisting them into the story that they want the public to believe about me,” she said.
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