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GOP congressman demands AOC apologize to Ted Cruz for ‘almost had me murdered’ tweet

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Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) on Thursday asked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to “immediately apologize” after she accused Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) of “almost having [her] murdered.”

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Roy called Ocasio-Cortez’s behavior “completely unacceptable” and asked her to retract her comments.

“It has come to my attention that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a tweet a few hours ago in which she accused Senator Ted Cruz, in essence, of attempted murder,” Roy wrote.

He continued, “As a member of this body who disagreed with ‘objections’ to the electors and who has expressed publicly my concerns about the events leading to January 6th, it is completely unacceptable behavior for a Member of Congress to make this kind of scurrilous charge against another member in the House or Senate for simply engaging in speech and debate regarding electors as they interpreted the Constitution.”

“I ask you to call on her to immediately apologize and retract her comments.”

Earlier in the day on Thursday, Cruz agreed with Ocasio-Cortez’s call on Twitter for a congressional hearing about Robinhood‘s decision to restrict trading in GameStop shares.

“This is unacceptable,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter Thursday. “We now need to know more about @RobinhoodApp’s decision to block retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds are freely able to trade the stock as they see fit. As a member of the Financial Services Cmte, I’d support a hearing if necessary.”

“Fully agree,” Cruz replied.

In response, Ocasio-Cortez slammed Cruz, saying he “almost had me murdered.”

“I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out,” she tweeted. “Happy to work w/ almost any other GOP that aren’t trying to get me killed. In the meantime if you want to help, you can resign.”

Roy concluded his letter warning Ocasio-Cortez that if she does not apologize, alternative measures will have to be taken to condemn her actions.

“If Representative Ocasio-Cortez does not apologize immediately, we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement. It is my sincere hope that we all stop this heightened rhetoric and move forward to actually do the work the American people sent us here to do.

You can follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy.

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Trump juror who was already sworn in fesses up, admits she cannot be ‘fair and unbiased’

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The latest scenario of one woman who has already been sworn in as a juror for former President Donald Trump’s trial is an indication of the complete improbability for a fair trial. Reporting from outside the New York City courthouse, MSNBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard explained the juror called the court to inform them that she did not know if she could actually be fair and impartial.

“She was asked to come to court this morning and went before the defense and went before the District Attorney’s office and answered questions about how she got to that conclusion” the reporter explains.

The juror discussed how she got calls, even yesterday, from friends, colleagues and family “questioning my identity as a juror.” She continued to say “I don’t believe I can be fair and unbiased and let the outside influences not affect me in the courtroom” the reporter quoted.

Hillyard’s report went on the emphasize the difficulty for these jurors in the next six to eight weeks because these are individuals who are supposed to be anonymous, yet we and the sides have some details about who these individuals are such as their neighborhoods and their occupations.

 

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