Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) exchanged harsh words on the House floor amid Thursday’s vote to hold former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.
Why it matters: The exchange is emblematic of the divisive and emotionally charged nature around the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
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Details: “This is a joke,” Greene said on the House floor, presumably about the vote. “Why don’t you care about the American people?” she asked Raskin, a member of House Jan. 6 Select Committee.
“You represent the American people,” he responded.
“You represent Congress,” Greene replied.
At that point, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), one of two Republicans who sit on the select committee, said something unintelligible.
What’s next: The House voted to hold Bannon in contempt, mostly among party lines — but with nine Republicans voting “yes” with Democrats.
The Justice Department will now consider bringing criminal charges against Bannon.
The vote itself marks a significant escalation in the Jan. 6 committee’s efforts to enforce subpoenas against Trump allies who refuse to cooperate.
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