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SHOT/CHASER: Rep. James Comer Wants Marjorie Taylor Greene and Her Conspiracy Theories on the House Oversight Committee

Nov 29, 2022

SHOT: Comer Wants Greene on Oversight. “In a statement for this story, Representative James Comer, the Oversight Committee’s ranking member and most likely its chairman should the Republicans win back the House, said, ‘If Americans entrust Republicans with the majority next Congress, we look forward to the Steering Committee adding new G.O.P. members to the committee like Rep. Greene with energy and a strong interest in partnering with us in our efforts to rein in the unaccountable Swamp and to hold the Biden Administration accountable for its many self-inflicted crises that it has unleashed on the American people.’” [New York Times, 10/17/22]

CHASER: Greene Continues to Tweet Ridiculous COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories. “So many people still wearing masks. I just want to ask you. If a pair of underwear, really thick ones, high quality cotton, can’t protect you from a fart, then how will a mask protect you from covid??” [Marjorie Taylor Greene Twitter, 11/28/22]

More about James Comer and Marjorie Taylor Greene: 

  • James Comer is Likely to Allow Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert and Other Firebrand Pro-Trump Members to Serve on His Committee.  Comer is viewed as likely to allow conspiracy theorists Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Lauren Boebert to sit on his committee.  Before the election, Comer told the New York Times: “If Americans entrust Republicans with the majority next Congress, we look forward to the Steering Committee adding new G.O.P. members to the committee like Rep. Greene with energy and a strong interest in partnering with us in our efforts to rein in the unaccountable Swamp and to hold the Biden Administration accountable for its many self-inflicted crises that it has unleashed on the American people.”  Comer reportedly confirmed earlier reports that GOP extremists Lauren Boebert (R, CO-3) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R, GA-14) have “expressed interest in joining the panel.”  As other reports noted, “half of the panel’s current Republicans are part of the pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus, where many members have their own incendiary reputations.” [The New York Times, 10/17/22, Politico, 8/11/22]

  • Comer told Fox & Friends “Investigations Would Be A Factor “To Prevent Joe Biden From Running” in 2024. REP. JAMES COMER: Well, I think that there are a lot of factors that are going to prevent Joe Biden from running. His age, the results of the midterm elections in two weeks. But also his son. Look, this Biden family investigation’s only going to ramp up in a Republican majority.” [Fox & Friends, 10/26/22]

  • Greene pushed for investigations into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s handling of security at the Capitol and the Department of Justice’s treatment of January 6th protestors. Greene “extracted a promise that their leaders would investigate Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Justice Department for their treatment of defendants jailed in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol” from GOP leadership in a closed door meeting. [New York Times, 11/16/22]

  • Greene tweeted “Any GOP Member growing weak on this will sorely disappoint our country,” linking to a story about the expected GOP push for impeaching Biden. Weeks prior, she told reporters: “There’s going to be a lot of investigations, I’ve talked with a lot of members about this.” [Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Twitter, 11/2/22; New York Times Magazine, 10/17/22]

  • Greene included impeaching Attorney General Garland while listing the “work” Republicans need to do “when we take back the majority.” [Fox News (Media Matters for America), 8/18/22]

  • USA Today: What Would A Republican Congress Look Like? A Lot Of Investigations And Maybe Impeachment. “Some House Republicans have been clamoring to impeach Biden if the GOP takes control of the House. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., one of the Republican Conference’s most fiercely outspoken members, has introduced articles of impeachment against Biden multiple times.” [USA TODAY, 11/7/22]