On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denied a bid by some Democrats, led by Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), to expel Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), from Congress.
The resolution was signed by about 70 House Democrats, including Gomez. To expel a member of Congress, however, a two-thirds supermajority is required, which means that a large number of Republicans would have to join.
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“I’m not going to get into that,” Pelosi said of Greene’s bid for expulsion on Friday, implying that she did not support his resolution. “Members are extremely dissatisfied with what has occurred here. And they have the freedom to express themselves in the way they do. Mr. Gomez acted in his own self-interest.
And that is not a position of leadership.”
In Congress, expulsion is a rare occurrence. The last time a member was expelled from the House was in 2002, when then-Ohio Democratic Rep. James Traficant was forced out after being convicted of multiple corruption charges and facing jail time.
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Due to social media posts she made as a private citizen, House Democrats and 11 Republicans voted in February to remove Greene from the House Budget Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee.
Greene said at the time about the social media posts, “These were words from the past, and these things do not reflect me.” “They are not representative of my district, and they are not representative of my values.”
Greene said in a statement to The Epoch Times that Gomez’s resolution was an attempt to silence conservative voices, citing a House Democratic investigation into Rep. Marianne Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) and whether she won her Congressional seat. Miller-Meeks won by six votes over Democrat Rita Hart.
Greene’s office also told The Epoch Times that her personal Twitter account was locked while Gomez was introducing his resolution on Friday.
“After multiple attempts to contact Twitter, no reason was given,” a spokesman for her office said on Friday morning.
“With this move, Congresswoman Greene lost any chance to defend her reputation, her seat, and, most importantly, the votes of 230,000 Georgians in the 14th District on Twitter. Her campaign statement read, “This is yet another attempt by the Silicon Valley Cartel to silence voices that speak out against their far-left woke orthodoxy.”
Twitter has come under fire for suspending former President Donald Trump’s account, as well as the accounts of a number of other influential conservatives and organizations.