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Comer criticizes ‘repeat offenders of breaking decorum’ during Congressional hearings

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) on Thursday pinned the blame for last week’s tumultuous contempt hearing on a number of “repeat decorum violators” in Congress.

“It’s very disappointing. This isn’t the first time. Hopefully it’s the last,” Comer joked in an interview with CNN. “All of the members who have been constantly attacking civility have been called out. Hopefully this never happens again.”

During the contempt hearing for Attorney General Merrick Garland, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia) and Democrat Rep. Jasmine Crockett (Texas) clashed during nearly an hour of chaos after Greene accused Crockett (New York) of wearing “fake eyelashes.” Crockett fired back, calling Greene a “bleach blonde, ugly, manly body.”

“You can’t argue over personalities,” Comer said while describing the incident during a CNN appearance. “And unfortunately, that’s what happened at the last committee hearing. Rep. Greene’s comments were [from the record]I also believe that Councilman Crockett made some very inappropriate comments.”

The confusion at the Oversight committee hearing began when Greene asked whether any Democrats employed the daughter of Manhattan Judge Juan Marchand, who is overseeing former President Trump’s hush-money trial. Republicans have repeatedly targeted Marchand’s daughter for working for a progressive digital agency.

“Tell me what that has to do with Merrick Garland,” Crockett asked. “Do you know what we came here for?”

“I don’t think you know what you’re here for,” Green responded. “I think your fake eyelashes are ruining what you’re reading.”

Democrats were quick to condemn Greene’s comments, with Ocasio-Cortez calling them “horrible” and saying her comments were “completely unacceptable.”

Ms Ocasio-Cortez, Ms Greene and Ms Crockett then debated each other, with other senators occasionally interrupting to criticise each other.

At one point, Crockett asked whether her hypothetical comments, which appeared to criticize Greene, violated congressional protocol.

Comer said Thursday that the committee hearing was a “very important one” but that it was “hijacked by a few unfortunate comments.”

After the obstruction, the Oversight Committee ultimately voted 24-20 to move forward with a bill to hold Garland in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over audio recordings of conversations between President Biden and Special Counsel Robert Hur.

Comer appeared on CNN to discuss a bill he introduced Wednesday with Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) that would require the president to make a series of disclosures about the overseas income of his relatives.

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