(CNSNews.com) – The White House on Wednesday complained about House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s decision to give Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) seats on the House Oversight Committee, calling them “the most extreme MAGA members” of the party and accusing them of promoting “violent rhetoric and dangerous conspiracy theories.”
When asked whether the White House therefore views the committee as legitimate, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the members of Congress in question also trafficked in anti-Semetic lies and downplayed “a violent insurrection.”
“So, look, I’ve been very clear, and I just said this moments ago: The president intends to work with both parties in good faith, if they choose to, and make more progress on behalf of the American people. He has said this, and we will continue to say this,” the press secretary said.
“But unfortunately, to your point, Mary, on some of these key committees, it appears that House Republicans have handed over the keys to the most extreme MAGA members of the Republican caucus. This is what we’re seeing from the other side of Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania Avenue,” she said.
“These are members who have promoted violent rhetoric and dangerous conspiracy theories, including suggesting violence against political opponents, trafficking in anti-Semitic lies, and defending and downplaying a violent insurrection against our democracy,” Jean-Pierre said. “You all — many of you covered what we saw on January 6th, 2021, and so, Republican leaders should explain. They should have to explain, not us.
“They should have to explain why allowing these individuals to serve on these committees and come clean with the American people about the secret agreements, the secret deals that were made with these extreme MAGA — MAGA extremists in — that are currently in — in the House, and so that is something for them to respond to,” the press secretary said, adding “that question goes to them.”
“It sounds like you don’t view the committee as very —” a reporter started to say.
“I did not say that. I laid out — I laid out what the president intends to do. I laid out what — what unfortunately — what — the actions that they have taken, how unfortunate it is to basically hand over the keys to some of the most extreme people in the — in the Republican Party, the MAGA — ultra-MAGA Republicans, and what they’ve done, but it is not for me to answer that question. It is for them to answer why is it that they chose to move in that direction,” Jean-Pierre said.
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