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‘What a bunch of morons’: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene reacts to being stripped of committee assignments

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Freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene was stripped of her committee assignments Thursday for her previous endorsements of QAnon, antisemitic, and other dangerous conspiracy theories.

Eleven Republicans joined Democrats in voting in favor of removing Greene from her committees. That vote included Republican Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick, PA, Carlos Gimenez, FL, Mario Diaz-Balart, R-FL, Chris Jacobs, NY, John Katko, NY, Young Kim, CA, Adam Kinzinger, IL, Nicole Malliotakis, NY, Maria Salazar, FL, Chris Smith, NJ, Fred Upton, MI.

“I woke up early this morning literally laughing thinking about what a bunch of morons the Democrats (+11) are for giving some one like me free time,” Greene wrote on Twitter Friday in reaction to the decision.

“In this Democrat tyrannical government, Conservative Republicans have no say on committees anyway,” she continued.

“Oh this is going to be fun!”

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On the House floor Thursday, prior to the vote, Rep. Greene said she “stumbled” upon the QAnon conspiracies in 2017. She explained becoming “very interested in it” at the time.

 “I read about it, I talked about it, I asked questions about it. The problem with that, though, is that I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true and I would ask questions about them and talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret,” she said.

“Because if it weren’t for the Facebook posts and comments that I liked in 2018,” she added, “I wouldn’t be standing here today and you couldn’t point a finger and accuse me of anything wrong because I’ve lived a very good life that I’m proud of […] and that’s what my district elected me for.”

“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true and I would ask questions about them and talk about them and that is absolutely what I regret,” Greene continued. “If it weren’t for the Facebook posts and comments that I liked in 2018, I wouldn’t be standing here today and you couldn’t point a finger and accuse me of anything wrong because I’ve lived a very good life that I’m proud of.”

Later in 2018, she said she “started finding misinformation, lies, things that were not true in these QAnon posts…” and ultimately “stopped believing it.”

She also clarified that “9/11 absolutely happened” after she had previously questioned whether a plane flew into the Pentagon in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Follow Jennie Taer on Twitter @JennieSTaer

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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