House Democrats Taking Steps to Remove Republican Lawmaker From Committee Assignments

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Howard Goller/Reuters)

House Democrats are preparing to take the first steps to remove freshman Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Greene from her committee assignments because of her outspoken views of "loony lies and conspiracy theories," several news outlets have reported Wednesday.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., announced a possible floor vote could happen as early as Thursday, CNN.com reports.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a statement first reported by The Hill, rebuked Greene, a "far-right" lawmaker, for several conspiracy theories she has promoted. McConnell says the country, and the Republican Party, has more important things to be concerned about than Greene's ideals.

"Somebody who's suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.'s airplane is not living in reality," McConnell said in a statement. "This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party."

Greene responded to McConnell's statements via a Twitter retort:

Greene is well known for her support of the QAnon theory, which claimed that former President Donald Trump would put an end to a global sex-trafficking ring run by Satanic worshippers and elite Democratic leaders.

Greene also endorses theories that 9/11 was an "inside job" and that the deadly shooting at Parkland High School in Florida was "staged."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with Greene on Tuesday night and said Republicans are "growing nervous" that McCarthy's lack of action to this point could damage the party's reputation and serve as a "long-term distraction that would endanger its ability to win back the House in 2022," CNN reports.

Some Jewish groups have condemned Greene's statements as anti-Semitic. The Republican Jewish Coalition said in a statement, "We are offended and appalled by her comments and her actions. We opposed her as a candidate and continue to oppose her now. She is far outside the mainstream Republican Party, and the RJC is working with the House Republican leadership regarding next steps in the matter."

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