House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday asked for the House Ethics Committee to launch an investigation into GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for having a hallway confrontation with Democrat Congresswoman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Greene was accused of chasing down AOC after a vote on Wednesday and started confronting her for supporting terrorist groups like BLM and antifa.
Pelosi, a long-serving Democrat on the ethics panel, took the strange step of publicly saying the committee should start an investigation into Greene’s behavior.
Pelosi said Greene’s actions included, “abuse and a verbal assault against our colleague, AOC.”
The ethics panel can start an investigation by itself, or if a House lawmaker asks for it. Another outside panel, like the Office of Congressional Ethics, can also request the House Ethics Committee start an investigation.
Pelosi said she usually steers clear of getting involved with the Ethics Committee, but that Greene’s action “is beneath a Congressmember and has caused fear and trauma among lawmakers, especially after an insurrection.”
Previously this year, House Democrats removed Greene from her assignments in response to her social media posts before Greene’s election to Congress.
Democrats have become increasingly paranoid of Trump supporting Republicans after the Jan. 6 protest at the Capitol.
In January, Nancy Pelosi had new metal detectors installed at the House entrance after some lawmakers felt threatened by Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert, a gun-rights supporter who promised to bring her gun onto the House floor.
Greene says she wanted to confront Ocasio-Cortez to have a public debate on the topic, but AOC did not agree to a debate. Ocasio-Cortez instead ran away from Greene.
Greene later labeled Ocasio-Cortez “chicken” for not defending legislation she claims to support.
Author: Scott Dowdy