House Committee Blames ‘Repeat Offenders’ for Breaking Decorum

During the contempt markup for Attorney General Merrick Garland last week, chaos ensued for about an hour as Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) fought over Greene’s accusation that Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas) had “fake eyelashes.” Greene seemed to be insulted by Crockett’s apparent use of the terms “bleach blonde” and “butch body” in his response.

In an attempt to condemn Garland for failing to give over audio recordings of President Biden meeting with special counsel Robert Hur, the Oversight Committee ultimately voted 24-20 to approve a motion to punish him in contempt of Congress after the disturbance.

On Thursday, Republican James Comer of Kentucky, who chairs the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, accused a small number of “repeat offenders of breaking decorum” on Capitol Hill of being responsible for last week’s disruptive contempt hearing.

The Oversight hearing descended into mayhem when Greene inquired as to whether any of the Democrats there were employed by Judge Juan Merchant’s daughter. Judge Merchan is supervising the hush money trial in Manhattan involving former President Trump. The fact that Merchan’s daughter works for a progressive digital business has made her a frequent target of Republicans.

Greene told Crockett that she didn’t think the Democrat knew what she was at the hearing for, adding that it seemed like her false eyelashes were obscuring the text she was trying to read.

Ocasio-Cortez yelled out, describing her remark as disgusting. The Democratic Party deemed her comments “absolutely unacceptable,” and it wasted no time criticizing Greene for the statement.

The three politicians—Ocasio-Cortez, Greene, and Crockett—began an argument, with other members interjecting to poke fun at each side every so often.

It seemed like Crockett was taking a shot at Greene with her hypothetical alliterative remark, and Greene even inquired if it would be a violation of congressional rules.

On Thursday, Comer observed that the committee hearing, which he called “very important,” had been “hijacked by a few unfortunate soundbites.”