Marjorie Taylor Greene testimony – live: Georgia rep grilled about Jan 6 and Proud Boys plan at ballot hearing – The Independent
Marjorie Taylor Greene denies wanting to stop Biden’s certification
Marjorie Taylor Greene today faced an administrative judge at a hearing that could see the GeorgiaRepublican banned from public office because of her alleged support for the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol.
The congresswoman was questioned about the 2021 Capitol riot by lawyer Ron Fein, representing a group of voters who filed a challenge with the Georgia secretary of state’s office alleging that Ms Greene helped facilitate the attack that ultimately sought to upend Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.
They say that her behaviour violates a clause in the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment and makes her ineligible to run for reelection.
Among other things, the case against the congresswoman hinges on her repeated use of a “codeword” – specifically, repeated references to the year 1776 – which the lawyers say encouraged the rioters who descended on the Capitol.
For her part, Ms Greene is appealing a federal judge’s ruling allowing a challenge to her eligibility to run for reelection to proceed and in the hour leading up to her hearing, the pro-Trump lawmaker took to Twitter to urge her fellow Republicans to “protect election integrity”.
For the challengers, Andrew Celli delivers his closing argument.
He says the case breaks down into proving three points:
1) That the candidate has taken the oath of office
2) That the insurrection occurred
3) The candidate engaged and supported it
He says that the disqualification clause is about all these three things, that once the oath has been taken, a special status is conferred upon an individual and that they have responsibilities and there are consequences if you take the oath.
Greene lawyer claims Trump ‘executive privilege’ to block question on martial law discussions
The attorney defending Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene against a lawsuit seeking to disqualify her from appearing on the 2022 midterm ballot for supporting the 6 January insurrection attempted to block her from answering a question about whether she discussed the invocation of martial law with former president Donald Trump by invoking “executive privilege”.
Rep Greene’s lawyer, Mr Bopp says section three of the 14th Amendment cannot apply to anyone anymore: “The simple argument about this is the 1872 Amnesty Act relieved the disability under Section 3 ‘of all persons whomsoever.’
In this case, Rep Greene is ‘of all persons whomsoever.’”
Adam Klasfeld at Law & Crime notes that the act was brought in to forgive former Confederates from some of the penalties of the 14th Amendment, however, a federal judge has already said that it defies “common sense” to say that it applies to future insurrections and not just the Civil War.
The Amendment is written in the future perfect tense, the Act is written in the past tense.
However, he notes that the argument did work for Rep Madison Cawthorn.
Perdue: What is happening to Greene is ‘shameful and wrong’
Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate David Perdue has chimed in with support for Rep Greene, tweeting: “What is happening to @RepMTG is shameful and wrong!”
“I’m proud to stand with her in the fight against the establishment.”
His tweet includes former President Donald Trump’s earlier statement slamming Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for possible “collusion with the Radical Left Democrats” regarding Ms Greene’s treatment.