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House Republicans opt not to punish Greene, vote to keep Cheney

Politics Feb 03, 2021 09:41PM ET
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By Richard Cowan, Makini Brice and Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday opted not to punish newcomer Marjorie Taylor Greene for incendiary comments including support for violence against Democrats, and turned back an attempt to oust a leader who had voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

The twin actions, taken in a closed-door meeting, amounted to an uneasy truce for a party that has faced internal strife following Trump's tumultuous presidency.

By a vote of 145-61, Republicans voted not to strip Representative Liz Cheney from her position as the No. 3 House Republican. Cheney, like nine other House Republicans, had voted to impeach Trump on charges of insurrection after the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The other 197 had voted against impeachment.

Republicans also decided not to take action against Greene, who has propagated a series of unfounded conspiracy theories and has been a vocal supporter of Trump's false assertion that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.

McCarthy said Greene had renounced her contentious past comments, including her support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. Greene has also supported calls for violence against Democratic lawmakers, according to CNN.

Greene still faces an effort by Democrats who control the House to strip her of two high-profile committee assignments, with a vote likely on Thursday.

"Anybody who advocates assassinations of members of Congress or anybody, I don't believe should enjoy the privilege of serving on a committee," Democratic Representative Jim McGovern said after the House Rules Committee voted to advance the motion. He said she should resign or be expelled from Congress.

Representative Tom Cole, the senior Republican on the rules panel, called Greene's remarks "extraordinarily disturbing." But he and other committee Republicans said Democrats should not be deciding the committee assignments of their party.

Greene, 46, who represents a Georgia district, took office just last month, while Cheney, 54, the daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney, served in Republican administrations before first winning election to Congress in 2016.

House Republicans opt not to punish Greene, vote to keep Cheney
 

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Sam Ancer
Sam Ancer Feb 04, 2021 11:05AM ET
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Why don't we let the voters of her district decide of she is a capable MC.
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Me comment Feb 04, 2021 11:05AM ET
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No, Congrees needs to police their own it is part of their duties and responsibilities as elected officials.
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Me comment Feb 04, 2021 8:44AM ET
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You can tell the GOP's position they vote to kick out one the voted to impeach trump but don't even take any action on one who promotes conspiracy and violence.
Angus Malarkey
Angus Malarkey Feb 04, 2021 2:04AM ET
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Stick a fork in the GOP....
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Feb 03, 2021 7:07PM ET
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Republicans these days are so tribal, only capable of thinking of themselves.
Stefon Walters
AgapeGrace Feb 03, 2021 7:07PM ET
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👆🏻de.gener/ate goob.er 🤪
Patrick Turner
Patrick Turner Feb 03, 2021 6:20PM ET
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Has to be written by a Dem
Irvin Mermelstein
Irvin Mermelstein Feb 03, 2021 5:51PM ET
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I think Investor.com needs to moderate these comment threads or shut comments down. Marjorie Greene like acts and talks like a ****** You want to cheer for her? There are places for that online. Not here.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Feb 03, 2021 2:21PM ET
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Republicans (except for Senator McConnell)- The "Greene" Party ??
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Feb 03, 2021 2:21PM ET
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The New Fascist party. Ftfy
Jon Ostling
Jon Ostling Feb 03, 2021 1:50PM ET
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interesting where the discipline for Maxine waters, Nancy Pelosi or any number of other dems made in the past 4 years
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Feb 03, 2021 9:29AM ET
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There is plenty of evidence of election being stolen. One is that they don't allow anyone to investigate it and screaming "it is conspiracy theories".  Allow people to look at the ballots, and then we will talk what is conspiracy what is not.
Ramogi Ochola
Ramogi Ochola Feb 03, 2021 9:29AM ET
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Putin is that you?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Feb 03, 2021 9:29AM ET
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"One is that they don't allow anyone to investigate it...."  -- who is "they"?  Republican governors and state election officials?  Supreme Court/Fed Court/State Court judges?  FBI director?  Trump's own AG?  State law enforcement officials?  FoxNews?  Mitch McConnell?  None of them came up with any election fraud to investigate............so before you complain about people screaming conspiracy theories, maybe you need to think, maybe just maybe, all these people have a point?
rmdebla smith
rmdebla smith Feb 03, 2021 9:29AM ET
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Repeating the repeating.   None of it  based in  empirical fact.
Nordic Fire
Nordic Fire Feb 03, 2021 8:33AM ET
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Please dont give money to extremes on any side. These people are degrading america
 
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