MARJORIE Taylor Greene has lashed out at her fellow party Representative Jamie Herrera Beutler, saying the GOP congresswoman had thrown the party “under the bus”.
The QAnon Rep vented her fury in a Twitter message that referenced Herrera Beutler revealing details earlier this week of a phone conversation between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and then president Donald Trump.
She wrote: “First voting to impeach innocent President Trump, then yapping to the press and throwing @GOPLeader under the bus, and now a tool as a witness for the Democrats running the circus trial,” adding “The Trump loyal 75 million are watching.”
Last month 10 Republican congressmen and women voted to impeach Trump, a week after MAGA supporters stormed Capitol Hill.
Taylor Greene gained notoriety for pushing QAnon conspiracy theories that school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and Parkland, Florida, were staged.
She has also claimed the 2018 California wildfires were started by "Jewish space lasers."
Before being elected to Congress, she reportedly endorsed violence against Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other high-ranking Democrats.
She was removed from her committee roles over her views.
In another Twitter message Saturday she wrote: “Another sham impeachment trial WITHOUT evidence is happening in the Senate.”
She also called for President Joe Biden to be impeached, saying: “We should have a real impeachment in the House. Joe Biden is compromised by our enemies. Our national security is at stake.”
A CNN report Friday revealed details Herrera Beutler said she knew about a phone call between McCarthy and rump on the day of the riots in Washington DC.
Lead House impeachment manager Jamie Raskin used those details to call for witnesses as the fifth day of Trump’s impeachment trial got underway on Saturday morning.
The move was approved in a vote which gained support from five Republicans but it was quickly dropped after the GOP threatened to call more than 300 witnesses.
During the phone call, McCarthy had told Trump that he heard gunfire outside the House chamber, as he tried to get Trump to call off his supporters, according to an ABC News report.
The impeachment prosecution team wanted to hear more evidence from Herrera Beutler, who went public with what she knew about the call, according to a briefing Trump gave to lawmakers.
“For that reason and because this is the proper time to do so under the resolution the Senate adopted to set the rules for the trial we would like the opportunity to subpoena Congresswoman Herrera regarding her communications with the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and to subpoena her contemporaneous notes that she made regarding what President Trump told Kevin McCarthy in the middle of the insurrection,” Raskin told the Senate audience.
He added: “We will be prepared to proceed by Zoom deposition of an hour or less just as soon as Congresswoman Herrera Beutler is available and to then proceed to the next phase of the trial, including the introduction of that testimony shortly thereafter.”
A CNN report Friday said Trump and McCarthy had engaged in a foul-mouthed shouting match during the riot, with the California Republican pleading with the president to rein in his supporters.
“Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,” Trump said, according to lawmakers who were briefed on the call by McCarthy.
McCarthy was said to be “furious” by CNN and yelled at Trump the rioters were breaking his windows.
“Who the f**k do you think you are talking to?” the top House Republican yelled at the president of the United States.
CNN said its sources were Republican members of Congress who believe the contents of the call showed Trump had no interest in calling off the riots that saw five people killed.
“He is not a blameless observer, he was rooting for them,” one GOP unnamed lawmaker said. “On January 13, Kevin McCarthy said on the floor of the House that the President bears responsibility and he does.”
Another GOP member familiar with the call told CNN: “This proves that the president knew very early on – what the mob was doing, and he knew members were at risk and he refused to act … it's a violation of his oath of office to fail to come to this defense of Congress and the constitutional process immediately.”
Herrera Beutler, who voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment, confirmed the exchanged to CNN.
“You have to look at what he did during the insurrection to confirm where his mind was at,” Herrera Beutler said.
“That line right there demonstrates to me that either he didn't care, which is impeachable, because you cannot allow an attack on your soil, or he wanted it to happen and was OK with it, which makes me so angry.”
“We should never stand for that, for any reason, under any party flag,” the lawmaker added. “I'm trying really hard not to say the F-word.”
She stood by her account in a Twitter message Friday evening.
She wrote: “When McCarthy finally reached the President on January 6 and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the riot, the president initially repeated the falsehood that it was antifa that had breached the Capitol. McCarthy refuted that and told the president that these were Trump supporters. That's when, according to McCarthy, the president said: 'well I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.'
“To the patriots who were standing next to the former president as these conversations were happening, or even to the former vice president: if you have something to add here now would be the time.”
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, an Ohio Republican who also voted to impeach Trump, told CNN that he believed the exchange revealed the former President's “mindset.”
“He was not sorry to see his unyieldingly loyal vice president or the Congress under attack by the mob he inspired. In fact, it seems he was happy about it or at the least enjoyed the scenes that were horrifying to most Americans across the country,” Gonzalez said.
Trump was acquitted Saturday after Democrats failed to get the two-thirds majority to find him guilty of inciting an insurrection.
The Senate voted 57 to 43, falling short of the 67 votes needed to find Trump guilty.
He released a statement shortly after he was acquitted, thanking his legal team and making allegations of a "witch hunt" against his presidency.
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