The U.S. House of Representatives is a centuries-old institution with some very specific written and unwritten rules and codes of behavior. These are designed to ensure not only appropriate respect for all Members – and their constituents – regardless of age, or gender, or party, but for the institution, the Constitution, and for the rule of law itself.
House Republicans are increasingly ignoring these rules of decorum, and it seems clear they are doing so intentionally to show their utter disrespect while attempting to appear as if they are not part of the Washington “establishment.”
One of the unwritten rules is that male Members of Congress must be properly attired in a suit – including a jacket and tie. (And, naturally, pants and shoes.)
While it does not seem to be written anywhere, House and party leadership – and the Sergeant at Arms have been known to enforce it, at times vigorously, in years past.
But some Republicans are clearly doing all they can to show their disrespect, and it seems clear it’s aimed at Democrats.
The Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jim Jordan, has taken to never wearing a suit jacket, as he almost daily attacks Democrats from his perch during important committee hearings:
And now, there’s U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Republican of Oklahoma.
Rep.Mullin has adopted Rep. Jordan’s casual, rules-breaking, no jacket attire, but he’s adding to his disrespect for the House and its members by telling a Democratic colleague to “shut up,” as The Oklahoman and The Hill report.
In a diatribe during a House Committee hearing in which he attacked the Affordable Care Act this week, Rep. Mullin told Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) to “shut up.”
Or, more specifically, he said to Rep. Luján, “you can shut up now.”
The room gasped.
GOP @RepMullin says that ACA coverage “sucks” and that bipartisan health care talks aren’t working.
[Democrat @repbenraylujan tries to cut in]
Mullin: “I said I wasn’t going to yield, you can shut up now.”
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 27, 2019
Rep. Mullin also said ObamaCare “sucks,” which offended at least one Member of Congress who requested that be stricken from the record.
Rep. Mullin is refusing to apologize.
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Mike Pompeo Called on to Resign – or Be Impeached Himself
After Ambassador Gordon Sondland implicated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Ukraine scandal during his impeachment testimony on Wednesday morning, calls arose for him to resign — or to be impeached himself.
“Sondland puts Pompeo right in the middle of Trump’s bribery scheme,” former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance told Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post. “And, Pompeo, who listened in on the July 25 call, knew what was at stake — Trump was forcing [Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into the Bidens that was politically valuable to Trump’s 2020 campaign.”
Vance added: “Pompeo, top of his class at West Point and a graduate of Harvard Law, knew it was wrong.”
Rep. Adam Schiff: “[Pompeo] was aware of the connections that you were making between the investigations and the White House meeting and security assistance?”
— The Hill (@thehill) November 20, 2019
Rubin agreed, and observed that unlike the president, Pompeo has no protection from legal exposure.
“The House Intelligence Committee should make a criminal referral, subpoena Pompeo for testimony and proceed with impeachment proceedings if he doesn’t comply,” she wrote. “The message to future secretaries of state must be that they must [not] participate in illegal schemes and that their oath is to the Constitution, not a president.”
Sondland: ‘We Followed the President’s Orders’
Gordon Sondland will say in sworn testimony before Congress that he “followed the President’s orders” to extort a quid pro quo and engage in a bribery scheme with Ukraine, according to the text of his opening remarks his attorney has released ahead of his testimony Wednesday morning.
“Mr. Giuliani’s requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit,” Sondland will say, CNBC reports.
“Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the President of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the President.”
Sondland will also say, “we followed the president’s orders” to work with Giuliani, Bloomberg adds.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
Revealed: Nikki Haley Sent Confidential Information About North Korea Nuke Scare Over System Meant Only for Unclassified Communications
“Convenience is not an acceptable reason to skirt information security rules. She should be held to the same standard as everyone else,” said Austin Evers, executive director at American Oversight, upon hearing the news that former UN ambassador Nikki Haley used a Blackberry smartphone to communicate with staff regarding North Korea’s July, 2017 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US.
“For an administration obsessed with security lapses others have committed, and for a still-rising star in the Republican party, this could be more than a little embarrassing,” The Daily Beast notes in their exclusive report on Haley’s security violation:
Haley was in a rush as she headed to her office—“On my way in”—shooting emails back and forth with top aides who’d been with her since she was governor of South Carolina. She needed to make a statement, and they were drafting it for her. “Let’s clean this up,” she writes after looking at some of the copy. “Pretty this up for me,” she says, then, “Can’t find my password for the high side.”
Long story short, Nikki Haley violated procedure because she couldn’t remember her password.
Haley’s emails were part of a trove of classified documents secured by a FOIA request by American Oversight, a non-profit watchdog organization engaged in investigating the Trump administration.
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