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Raskin says it’s ‘worth investigating’ whether House members were drinking in hearing room

(The Hill/KRQE) – Rep. Jaime Raskin (Md.), the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, says it’s “worth investigating” whether lawmakers were drinking during Thursday’s explosive hearing, after rumors circulated that non-committee members were intoxicated.

“I didn’t see the drinking by the gentlelady from New Mexico, Melanie Stansbury raised it, she said there are members drinking in the room, and that’s something that is worth investigating if there was in fact drinking taking place,” Raksin said on Fox News.

According to Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) there were “some members in the room who are drinking inside the hearing room.” Stansbury said the lawmakers who were drinking were not on the committee, Axios reported.

On Thursday night, the Oversight Committee hearing became chaotic as Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) fought after Greene accused Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas) of wearing “fake eyelashes.”

The committee was holding a markup hearing to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress but fell into chaos with nearly an hour of the lawmakers shouting over one another.

It began when a vote on whether or not to allow Green to continue speaking during the hearing. Greene asked if any Democrats on the panel were employing the daughter of Judge Juan Merchan, the judge overseeing former President Trump’s hush money trial.

Thursday’s hearing was delayed a few hours after several Republicans who sit on the panel went to New York in the morning to support Trump in his trial. Crockett questioned why Greene would bring up Merchan and the two began arguing.

Crockett asked Green if she knows “what we’re here for?” Green said she doesn’t think the Texas Democrat knows “what you’re here for.”

“I think your fake eyelashes are messing up what you’re reading,” she said.

At that point, Raskin interjected, saying, “that’s beneath even you, Ms. Greene.”

Ocasio-Cortez said it was “disgusting” and “absolutely unacceptable” to attack the physical appearance of another person.

After a short break, the two lawmakers continued the argument, with Greene insulting Ocasio-Cortez’s intelligence and saying she would “never” apologize for her comments.

Later, Crockett hit back at Greene saying she has a “bleach blonde, bad built, butch body.”

She said Friday that she believes Greene’s original comment was “absolutely” racist.

The entire scene drew criticism from both sides of the aisle, with both Democrats and Republicans agreeing on at least one thing: It was not a good look for the Congress.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Rep. Melanie Stansbury who sent this statement:

“The actions of several House Republicans Thursday night were childish and outrageous.

The fact that the members of the House GOP relish in the disparagement of another sitting member is, frankly, disgusting. 

I support an investigation into the actions of some committee members and the non-committee members who decided to come to the hearing room to heckle Democrats who were trying to get a job done.

Elected officials are expected to act with professionalism and decorum. Thursday night, some Republicans showed, once again, that they are incapable of having either.”

Caroline Sweeney, Director of Communications

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