House will vote Wednesday to censor Gosar and remove him from committees

The House will vote Wednesday on a resolution to censure the Representative. Paul gosarPaul Anthony GosarMcCarthy Says He Called Gosar Before The Video Of The Anime Tweet Was Removed: House Ethics Wars Redux Report? The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Will Biden’s Big Bill Pass the House this Week? PLUS (R-Ariz.) And he took away his committee assignments for posting an anime video that showed him violently attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMcCarthy says she called Gosar before the video was removed from the anime tweet: House Ethics Wars Redux Report? Juan Williams: A Guide to Fighting the Lies of the Right MORE (DN.Y.) and President BidenJoe Biden Biden Reaffirms His Commitment To Taiwan’s ‘One China’ Policy In Call With Xi Biden Raises Human Rights With China’s Xi During Four-Hour Biden Meeting, Xi Holds ‘Candid’ Discussion Amid Highs tensions MORE.

The move, confirmed by sources familiar with the plan, would make Gosar the 24th House member to be censored in the chamber’s history and the first in more than a decade.

Censorship is an extraordinarily rare and dramatic punitive measure that requires the sanctioned legislator to stand in the center of the chamber while the Speaker of the House reads the resolution aloud.

Gosar currently serves on the Oversight and Reform panel alongside Ocasio-Cortez. The resolution will also strip him of his other seat on the House Committee on Natural Resources, where he serves as the top Republican on its oversight subcommittee.

Republicans warned that the measure would take the House down a slippery slope where they could remove Democrats from committees in the future if they seized a majority. But Democrats said no depiction or apparent endorsement of the violence should be tolerated.

“At some point, it has to stop,” said House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.).

The Arizona Republican finally removed the video last week after backlash over his depiction of violence against two of the nation’s most prominent Democrats at a time when lawmakers faced unprecedented threats, especially the attack on Capitol Hill on the 6th. from January. Capitol Police previously said this fall that threats against lawmakers were at an all-time high.

Gosar defended the video early Tuesday during a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference and said he had not seen it before it was posted on his Twitter account last week.

He also sought to clarify that he does not support violence against political opponents. Last week, Gosar said the video was intended to be “symbolic” of the immigration debate and that Ocasio-Cortez represented the “Democrats’ open-border amnesty agenda.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyPLUS (R-Calif.) He told reporters Tuesday after the meeting that “it was not [Gosar’s] with the intention of harming someone. “

Gosar refused to answer journalists’ questions when he entered the House chamber to vote shortly before Democratic leaders finalized the plan to take punitive measures against him.

Ocasio-Cortez, for her part, expressed her displeasure with Gosar, saying that ideally she would like to see him expelled from Congress entirely.

She added that neither Gosar nor McCarthy had communicated with her since the video came out, arguing that it showed a lack of remorse.

“I think in a perfect world, he would be kicked out,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “If he was telling the truth, he would have already apologized. But it’s been more than a week. ”

The censorship resolution, presented last week by Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierHouse ethics wars redux? Gosar Faces Increasing Chances of Censorship on Cheney House Floor, Kinzinger Sign That Would Support Gosar Censorship MORE (D-Calif.), Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, states that “depictions of violence can foster actual violence and endanger the safety of elected officials, as witnessed in this chamber on January 6, 2021.” .

The last member of the House to be censored was former Representative Charles Rangel (DN.Y.) in 2010 for a variety of ethics violations, including failing to pay taxes on a vacation home in the Dominican Republic and misuse of letterhead. official for fundraising.

The other types of misconduct that led to censorship in the last two centuries has included Members of the House engage in acts of violence towards their colleagues, use “non-parliamentary language” to insult a fellow legislator during floor debate, and inappropriate sexual conduct with House pages.

Democrats have long cracked down on Gosar, one of the most far-right members of the Republican House of Representatives conference.

Gosar will be removed from the committee where, during a hearing in May, he defended a riot who was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer on January 6 while attempting to breach the President’s Lobby that led directly into the House chamber. Representatives like legislators and staff did. still evacuating.

Gosar defended the troublemaker, Ashli ​​Babbitt, as a “veteran draped in an American flag” who was “executed.”

Rep. David CicillineDavid CicillineGosar Faces Increasing Chances of Censorship on the Cheney House Floor, Kinzinger Point Out They Would Deliberately Endorse Gosar Move Censorship and Rebuild America’s Tech Leadership MORE (DR.I.) subsequently filed a resolution to censure Gosar for those comments, along with two other House Republicans who similarly tried to downplay the severity of the violent January 6 uprising at that hearing. But that resolution ultimately went nowhere.

Wednesday’s vote will mark the second time this year that Democrats have removed a Republican from a House committee for what they believed was unacceptable behavior.

In February, House Democrats, as well as 11 Republicans, voted to remove the representative. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP’s Efforts to Minimize the Danger of Capitol Riots Increase The Memorandum: Now What for Anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Says She Will Meet With Trump ‘Soon’ In Florida MOREcommittee awards (R-Ga.) for past acceptance of conspiracy theories and apparent support for violence against Democrats.

Wednesday’s vote is likely to be overwhelmingly partisan. Only two Republicans, representatives. Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Wyoming Republican Party votes to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican Meadows is the subject of growing attention in Jan. 6 panel Gosar faces increasing odds of censorship on the House floor MORE (Wyoming) and Adam kinzingerAdam Daniel Kinzinger The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Will Biden’s big bill pass the House this week? Republican Rep. Upton Not Sure About Running Again Gosar faces increasing odds of being censored in the House of Representatives MORE (Ill.), They have expressed their support in recent days for the censorship of Gosar.

McCarthy, meanwhile, is trying to walk the tightrope of maintaining good relations with far-right members of his conference without wanting to appear to approve of depictions of political violence.

Instead of pushing for punitive action against Gosar, some Republicans launched an effort Tuesday to topple the Rep. John katkoJohn Michael Katko Republican Party centrists face increased attacks from party-own lawmakers who opposed their parties on infrastructure bill T Hillicon Valley – Feds target security-critical groups national MORE (RN.Y.) as a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee for his vote this month in favor of the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Katko and the 12 other House Republicans who voted in favor of the bill have faced death threats in recent days for helping win a legislative victory for Biden.

McCarthy said such threats should not be tolerated either.

“I am opposed to anyone receiving death threats or security concerns,” McCarthy said.

Updated at 6:03 pm

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