After Republican senators decided to oppose the idea of a bipartisan congressional committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection, Democrats swore that they would simply go it alone with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) immediately announcing the formation of a select committee to get to the bottom of the origins of the invasion of the Capitol Building and who may have been involved in its planning and instigation.
Now, the right-wing’s most useless Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is reportedly itching to get appointed to the committee, an assignment that she would have ample time to participate in since she was stripped of all of her other committee assignments after her aberrant behavior before taking office was revealed, including footage of her stalking and harassing David Hogg, the gun regulation advocate who is one of the teenaged survivors of the Parkland Florida school shooting and her call for Speaker Pelosi’s assassination.
During an interview with CNN, Representative Greene told the cable news network:
“Sure. She should put me on the committee. That would be great.”
The very idea that someone who has been spreading baseless rumors about the insurrection — including variously blaming Antifa and the FBI of involvement in the insurrection despite the copious footage of the Trump supporters actually storming the Capitol and the testimony of the arrested violent rioters, none of whom have any affiliations to anyone other than the disgraced former president — is completely laughable, but Greene is serious about her desire to turn the much-needed investigation into a QAnon circus sideshow.
“There’s all kinds of people involved in the rioting. There’s people in black clothes. There’s people in red hats,” Greene responded when asked about her ludicrous conspiracy theories.
“Look there are questions that need to be answered,” she continued.
Rather than presenting any evidence to back up her accusations of FBI involvement in the planning of the insurrection, Congresswoman Greene insists that it’s up to the FBI to prove that they weren’t behind some nefarious plot in a surreal reversal of the basic principle of American jurisprudence that one is innocent until proven guilty.
“If they say they weren’t and show proof they weren’t [involved], then of course I would [accept the FBI’s innocence],” Greene said of her standard of judgment.
While one may wonder how the FBI could prove that they didn’t do anything underhanded in terms of inciting an insurrection, Greene is more concerned with the welfare of those people she calls fellow “patriots” who smashed windows at the Capitol and smeared their feces on the walls of Congress.
“They’re being held, some of them, in solitary confinement almost 24 hours a day in the jails here,” Greene claimed at two diffeeent points in her CNN interview.
That fact may elicit sympathy for her fellow Q followers from Rep. Greene, but most people, we suspect, feel much safer with these deluded individuals kept under close watch and unable to plan future insurrections.
If only Congresswoman Greene were locked away with the people for whom she feels such affinity.
Given Greene’s banishment from holding committee assignments in the normal course of the business of the House of Representatives, it’s unlikely that she’ll get the seat on the select committee.
Of course, she may be called to testify in front of the committee once they begin to examine the tight relationship between certain members of Congress and extremist leaders in the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, and the Three Percenter militia groups.
While the scant chance that she’ll be named to the committee may be reassuring, a number of the other GOP legislators who may wind up on the committee are not much better.
One can imagine the grandstanding that can take place if any one of these Republican Congresspeople makes it onto the select committee: Reps. Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, Lauren Boebert, and many other members of the poorly-named Freedom Caucus, for instance.
Speaker Pelosi should insist that nobody who is likely to be asked to testify about their activities in the days leading up to the insurrection can be named to the committee.
The American public deserves the truth about the January 6th insurrection, and Pelosi’s select committee needs to have the credibility to deliver it.
Unfortunately, there are precious few Republicans in the House who are not entangled in unbreakable fealty to Donald Trump who can be trusted to serve without bias.
Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, anyone?
Original reporting by Jim Acosta and Alexander Hunter at CNN.
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