Pelosi denounces Rep. Greene’s ‘verbal assault’ on AOC, says it may require ethics investigation
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s decision to scream at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside the House chamber is behavior that may need to be investigated by the House Ethics Committee.
Pelosi said at her weekly news conference that the incident, which she called a “verbal assault” and “abuse” of the New York Democrat, was reported to her leadership office.
“It’s so beyond the pale of anything that is in keeping with bringing honor to the House, or not bringing dishonor to the House. It’s so beyond the pale that you wonder … it probably is a matter for the Ethics Committee,” Pelosi said.
The speaker added, “This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States and is a cause for trauma and fear among members, especially on the heels of an insurrection, on which the minority in the committee yesterday denied ever happened.”
Pelosi called Greene’s behavior “egregious” and said that the House Republican Conference should create some sort of “respectable behavior standard for them.”
“But it could be that this would rise to the level of an ethics complaint,” she said.