Reps. Jamie Ruskin, D-Md., and Matt Getz, R-Fla., traded during a House Rules Committee meeting on Wednesday on a motion recommending that the House appoint Steve Bannon, an adviser to former President Donald Trump. Held in contempt after refusing contempt. Congress summons.
House committee investigating January 6 uprising at Capitol Bannon was voted guilty of contempt earlier this week. He approved a contempt report that set out to recommend charges against Bannon, who had been in contact with Trump prior to the riot.
getz, who appeared in the meeting on Wednesday. Criticized the panel and other lawmakers for focusing instead on Bannon on supply chain constraints, immigration and other issues.
“Here we’re reviewing Steve Bannon’s podcast. You know, the average American, when they wake up, I don’t think one of the first hundred things they think about is Steve Bannon’s podcast, Which he said before or after January 6th,” the Florida lawmaker said.
But Ruskin, a member of the House Rules Committee, pressed Getz in the 2020 presidential election.
Ruskin asked Getz, “Do you accept that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election?” Gaetz responded, “I accept that Joe Biden is president” before criticizing the mail-in ballots used in the election last year.
The Maryland lawmaker then asked Gaetz about the election fraud claims, “Do you agree that 61 different federal and state courts, including the 8 judges that Donald Trump himself appointed to the federal bench, have held elections.” Every claim of corruption or fraud has been rejected. Upgraded?”
Getz criticized the handling of electoral matters by many courts, and Ruskin continued to pressure his fellow lawmakers over the evidence of electoral fraud.
“It may work on Steve Bannon’s podcast, but it won’t work on the Rules Committee of the United States House of Representatives,” Ruskin said.
Ruskin also questioned Getz why he voted against setting up a commission to investigate the January 6 rebellion, and the two disagreed until Representative James McGovern, D-Mass., chairman of the House Rules Committee. didn’t have to. Tell the couple not to speak at each other as a stenographer struggled to record their observations.
And as Getz continued to criticize Democratic lawmakers, Ruskin replied “Blah, blah, blah.”
The conversation quickly caught the attention of journalists and other social media users on Twitter.
Bannon’s lawyers informed the committee that it would decline investigators’ requests last week, citing executive privilege. Bannon served as the White House chief strategist in the Trump presidency before leaving in August 2017.