Raskin calls out "Trump-Putin axis" after Marjorie Taylor Greene heckles Jan. 6 committee vote

Far-right Georgia Republican reportedly shouts accusations about Ashli Babbitt and “Russia collusion”

By Jon Skolnik

Staff Writer

Published April 6, 2022 5:39PM (EDT)

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speak at a news conference on Republican lawmakers' response to the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 06, 2022 in Washington, DC. During the news conference, Gaetz and Greene said that federal agents were allegedly present during the insurrection and the ones inciting the riot. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speak at a news conference on Republican lawmakers' response to the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 06, 2022 in Washington, DC. During the news conference, Gaetz and Greene said that federal agents were allegedly present during the insurrection and the ones inciting the riot. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., reportedly heckled Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the House Jan. 6 select committee, on Wednesday for encouraging the House of Representatives to hold two of Donald Trump's former allies in contempt of Congress.

The freshman firebrand interrupted Raskin to shout about "Russia collusion" and refer to Ashli Babbitt, the Trump supporter who was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer while attempting to break into the lobby of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 6, 2021.

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"We've got some people echoing all of Trump's complicity with Vladimir Putin from the Georgia delegation back there," Raskin said in response. 

The Democrat continued: "I accept the heckling ... because if she wants to stand with Vladimir Putin ... she is free to do so."


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Greene's remarks came in direct response to the panel's recommendation of contempt charges against Peter Navarro and Daniel Scavino, two former Trump aides who allegedly assisted the former president in his failed bid to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The recommendation was made after both refused to comply with the committee's subpoenas of their communications leading up to the Capitol riot, which Navarro and Scavino have argued are protected by executive privilege. 

According to a recent committee report, Navarro helped Trump "develop and implement a plan to delay Congress' certification and ultimately change the outcome of the November 2020 presidential election." Scavino was allegedly "with then-President Trump on January 5 and January 6 and was party to conversations regarding plans to challenge, disrupt, or impede the official congressional proceedings."  

This week, the House Committee voted to advance possible contempt charges for both Navarro and Scavino, and the full House followed with a vote to endorse those charges on Wednesday. Now the Department of Justice will decide whether to hand down official indictments.

Thus far, the Justice Department has only indicted former Trump strategist Steve Bannon despite the hundreds of subpoenas issued by the select committee, leading many Democratic lawmakers to become frustrated by the agency's inaction.  

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When the House voted to hold Bannon in contempt back in October, Greene had a similar outburst directed at Raskin, as well as committee vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., that involved bizarre references to Black Lives Matter and Jewish space lasers. 

Greene "seemed to have some kind of ancient beef with the former chair of the House Republican Conference, Liz Cheney, over the Jewish space lasers thing or something like that," Raskin said, summarizing the bitter exchange. "And she denied that she'd ever said that and blamed that on the mainstream media." 


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