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Congressional Integrity Project Requests Office of Congressional Ethics Investigation Into Rep. James Comer Over Abhorrent Behavior

Nov 15, 2023

PRESS RELEASE         Contact:
For Immediate Release
Date: November 15, 2023

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Congressional Integrity Project sent a letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) requesting an immediate investigation into Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer. The request concerns Comer’s abhorrent behavior during the November 14th hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Committee on Oversight of the U.S. General Services Administration. The letter details how CIP believes Comer’s outburst and behavior is in blatant disregard of House Rule 23 of the House Code of Official Conduct, which requires that Members must “at all times behave in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.” 

At Tuesday’s hearing, Chairman Comer responded to comments made by Representative Jared Moskowitz by viciously attacking Rep. Moskowitz in crude terms, including mocking his appearance by calling him a “Smurf,” calling Rep. Moskowitz a “liar,” and repeatedly shouting “BULLSHIT.” This meltdown would be out of place at a sporting event, it’s utterly inappropriate from the dais.

In response to the letter and Comer’s abhorrent behavior, Congressional Integrity Project executive director, Kyle Herrig, issued the following statement: 

“James Comer’s explosive behavior and foul language at yesterday’s hearing is utterly inappropriate from the dias, especially as Chairman of the Oversight Committee. This behavior is in complete disregard of the rules of the House of Representatives and demands immediate investigation. Comer should be held accountable for his behavior attacking a member of his committee for simply asking questions about troubling allegations of family influence peddling as reported in the Daily Beast. His inability to answer legitimate questions calmly shows how out of touch and irrational he has become.”

Read the full letter here.