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Marjorie Taylor Greene testifies under oath about January 6

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GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday became the first congresswoman to testify publicly under oath about the events surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

On Monday night, a federal judge allowed a legal challenge by a group of Georgia voters to go ahead as they seek to disqualify Greene from running for re-election, citing his alleged role in backing the attack .

Voters argue that a provision of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution known as the “disqualification clause” bars Greene from holding federal office.

Passed after the Civil War, the disqualification clause bars anyone from holding federal office who has sworn to protect the Constitution — including a member of Congress — who has “engaged in insurrection” against the United States. United or “provided aid or comfort” to his “enemies”.

A staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, Greene has denied any involvement in the attack and said she is appealing.

Judge Charles Beaudrot presided over Friday’s hearing and expert witnesses were called to testify.

In his opening statement, Ron Fein, an attorney representing five constituents who filed charges against Greene and the legal director of Free Speech For People, explained why Jan. 6 should be considered an insurrection.

“It wasn’t the type of insurgency where leaders stood in Richmond, Virginia, giving long speeches,” Fein said. “On the contrary, the leaders of this insurgency, of which there were a number, were among us – on Facebook, Twitter and the corners of social media that would make your stomach ache. The evidence will show that Marjorie Taylor Greene was one between them. “

“The most powerful witness against the candidacy of Marjorie Taylor Greene, the most powerful witness to establish that she has crossed the line of insurgency commitment is Marjorie Taylor Greene herself,” he said. declared.

Fein told ABC News in an email that the “Georgian voters who filed this lawsuit have a right to have their challenge heard” and that he looked forward to questioning Greene under oath.

Inside the courtroom, Andrew Celli, also representing the group of voters, urged the MP to take the oath.

“If you knew someone was going to illegally interfere with the constitutional process of counting electoral votes, you would be obligated to have them arrested or arrested, right?” asked Andrew Celli, one of Free Speech For People’s lawyers.

She replied, “I didn’t know of any examples, so that’s the question I can’t answer.”

Greene has repeatedly denied that she or her office arranged tours or met with Trump protesters before the Jan. 6 rally or that she provided maps of the Capitol building.

“I should tell people about my campaign, but I don’t think we did,” she said. “How would we have done that? We did no such thing.”

The deadline for the judge to make a decision on whether Greene should stay on the ballot is tight. Early voting for Georgia’s primary begins May 2, and the primary itself takes place May 17.

James Bopp, Greene’s attorney, told ABC News this week that Greene’s challenge was “absurd” and that it shouldn’t be up to the judges to decide who represents Georgia’s 14th congressional district.

“These voters have the right to vote for the candidate of their choice. And they have the right to have their vote count,” he told the court in his opening statement on Friday, adding that Greene was not a perpetrator but a “victim” of the attack, which he called “despicable” but not an insurgency.

“Her life was in danger, she thought,” Bopp said. “She was scared and confused.

Lawyers for Free Speech For People, representing voters who took up the challenge, attempted to deny that account, pointing to Greene’s Twitter account before Jan. 6 in which she endorsed the rally but never used the word ” peaceful”.

“Well, I never meant anything for violence. I don’t support any form of violence,” Greene said.

Greene went on to say that several people took to her social media account, when they were pressed to “like” a Facebook comment about the murder of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Greene also denied, under oath, ever calling Pelosi a “traitor” until presented with evidence that she had actually said that.

“She’s a traitor to our country, she’s guilty of treason,” Greene said in the 2019 video posted to Facebook, first reported by CNN. “It’s a crime punishable by death, that’s what treason is. Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason,” Greene said at the time.

Green was asked at another point: “Is it fair to say that from election night in 2020, until January 6, 20, 2021, your wish was that Congress not certify Joe Biden as the winner of the election of 2020?

“That’s not correct,” she replied.

Bopp is also representing GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who faces a similar challenge against re-election among a group of North Carolina voters.

Cawthorn’s trial to dismiss his re-election challenge is scheduled for oral argument on May 3 in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia.

In a Tuesday interview with ABC News affiliate WTVC, Greene called the legal challenge a “scam.”

“All I did was what I was legally allowed to do by the Constitution as a congressman, which was to oppose Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes. in a few states,” Greene said.

Greene also said she was a “victim” on Jan. 6.

Mike Rasbury, one of the voters challenging Greene’s eligibility to run for re-election, said in a statement that Greene “was sworn to protect democracy from all enemies foreign and domestic…However, she has casually ignored this oath and, based on her role in the January 6 insurrection, is disqualified under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution from holding any future public office.”

Rasbury was in the courtroom while Greene testified.

GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida was also in the courtroom on Friday, in an apparent show of solidarity with his incendiary Republican colleague.

Speaking on Fox News Monday night, Greene told host Tucker Carlson that Democrats were trying to keep her name off the ballot, saying she had nothing to do with the attack on the Capitol.

“I have to go to court on Friday and be questioned about something I was never charged with and something I was completely against,” Greene said.

The challenges against Greene and Cawthorn are part of a larger legal effort to bar anyone allegedly involved in the events surrounding Jan. 6 — or who supported it — from running for re-election.

Similar challenges could theoretically be thrown at Trump if he decides to run for office again in 2024.

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