Watch Live: Marjorie Taylor Greene testifies against challenge to her candidacy

Watch Live: Marjorie Taylor Greene testifies against challenge to her candidacy

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is testifying in court Friday in an administrative hearing on a challenge seeking to block her from the nerd in Georgia based on a post-Civil War era policy about keeping insurrectionists from office.

Asked repeatedly if she knew of certain groups planning demonstrations on January 6, 2021, Greene responded, “I don’t recall.” Greene also repeatedly said she didn’t remember if she talked to other members of Congress or anyone in the White House about protests planned for that day. She was also asked about tweets on her account, including one featuring an Epoch Times article quoting Trump saying supporters should join the “wild” protest in Washington, DC, on January 6. She said she was just looking to share details about the march.

Ron Fein, the attorney for the group of challengers, Free Speech for the People, said Friday that the “most powerful witness against Marjorie Taylor Greene’s candidacy, in establishing she crossed a line, is Greene herself.”

Greene’s lawyer, James Bopp Jr., said the candidacy challenge “cannot be decided by this court” and suggested that the US House of Representatives should have a role to debate whether she should be disqualified or prevented from being seated as a member of Congress in 2023, after the midterm election.

Bopp called the January 6 attack on the US Capitol “despicable” but said none of the hundreds of people convicted so far in the assault were specifically charged for insurrection. He did say Greene met with former President Trump on January 3 “about making objections to certain states — based on evidence she believed constituted sufficient vote fraud.”

The challenge to Greene’s candidacy was mounted by a group of five voters from her congressional district who argued she is ineligible to run for federal office under a provision of the 14th Amendment that was ratified after the Civil War and meant to keep forming Confederate officers and officials from holding public office again. Section 3 of the amendment states that “no person shall be a senator or representative in Congress” or “hold any office, civil or military” if they, after having taken an oath to support the Constitution, “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

The administrative judge in Greene’s case, Charles Beaudrot, will make a recommendation to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger about Greene’s candidacy, and it will be up to him to decide whether to remove her from the ballot. Raffensperger is also up this year for re-election.

A federal judge on Monday allowed the effort to disqualify Greene from running for re-election over her role in the January 6 assault on the US Capitol to proceed.

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