WASHINGTON– Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., stated Friday that she’s moving her congressional office away from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s after the Georgia Republican politician and her personnel “berated” her in a corridor.
” A maskless Marjorie Taylor Greene & her staff berated me in a corridor. She targeted me & others on social media. I’m moving my workplace away from hers for my group’s security,” tweeted Bush, a freshman House member.
Bush added in her tweet, “I have actually required the expulsion of members who prompted the insurrection from Day 1. Bring H.Res 25 to a vote.”
Greene, who is also a freshman member of your house, responded on Twitter by declaring Bush was lying about the encounter and that in fact, the Democratic congresswoman berated her.
Greene included a video she declares is of the encounter showing her talking into her phone in selfie format while walking through a Capitol hallway, throughout which she condemns the “small group” of Trump advocates who rioted at the Capitol on Jan. 6 along with Democrats for what she declares is their downplaying of violence throughout last year’s demonstrations over authorities brutality and racial discrimination.
Partway through, she is interrupted by somebody yelling nearby, off-camera, to which she responds after donning her mask.
” This is arguing with my Democrat, Democrat colleagues, expected coworkers,” Greene then says after turning back to the video camera. “That’s how it is. That’s how it is now in America.”
House Republican Politician Leader Kevin McCarthy of California will consult with Greene next week, a senior GOP aide informed NBC News. Axios reported earlier this week that McCarthy would have a discussion with her but the timing was unknown. The aide did not disclose the exact details of the meeting, and Greene’s office informed NBC News that they “do not talk about personal member-to-member communication.”
Bush offered a brand-new declaration Friday afternoon about what happened, stating, “On January 13, I was strolling with my staff to vote. I remained in the tunnel in between the Cannon Office Complex and the Capitol when Marjorie Taylor Greene came up from behind me, ranting loudly into her phone while not wearing a mask. This occurred one day after several of my Home coworkers revealed they had evaluated favorable for COVID-19 after remaining in a room with Taylor Greene during the white supremacist attack on the Capitol.”
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., bought Bush’s office change after the Missouri congresswoman made the demand following the occurrence, an aide to the speaker informed NBC News on Friday.
Until now, Bush’s workplace has actually been located simply a few doors down from Greene’s in the Longworth Home Office Building. It’s rare for members to move rooms during a session of Congress. The locations of freshmen members’ offices are generally identified during a space lotto that occurs throughout orientation, a few weeks prior to their term begins. Inbound legislators, nevertheless, aren’t always conscious which members’ workplaces will be near their own.
The kerfuffle comes as Greene faces calls from legislators for her expulsion from Congress or at least elimination from the House Education and Labor Committee, to which she was appointed this week by Home Republican leaders.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., stated on MSNBC on Friday that since the Capitol attack it has actually been hard dealing with some Republican politicians and there has actually been noticeable anxiety amongst members.
” There are too many members of the Republican politician Celebration who are declining to wear masks, are refusing to go through metal detectors,” said Jayapal, who tested positive for Covid-19 after being gathered in a space during the riots. “And here we are with these colleagues who are trying to bring guns onto the flooring and declining to follow the laws that have actually been established to be a member of Congress.”
She included, “The security risk to us separately, in our houses, in our districts, and on the flooring are genuine, and so is the rage at Republicans who are selecting a cult celebration and a cult figure over the Constitution, which’s what it is.”
Pelosi lashed out at her GOP equivalents Thursday for the decision to appoint Greene to the committee given her statements questioning the authenticity of mass shootings and her harassment of trainee survivors.
Greene has also revealed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory and required violence against leading Democrats, including Pelosi. The speaker stated Thursday that her members are not only under hazard from outdoors groups but from “the opponent is within,” describing other lawmakers.
At a White House press briefing Friday, press secretary Jen Psaki was asked specifically about Greene and whether somebody who has actually supported QAnon and expressed racist and anti-Semitic views need to be serving on House committees.
” We don’t want to elevate conspiracy theories even more in the instruction space,” Psaki said, adding that the White Home would leave choices about committees to Congress.
Meanwhile, Reps. Nikema Williams, D-Ga., and Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., stated Friday that they plan to unveil a resolution next week that would formally censure Greene and require her resignation from Congress, their offices said.
Rebecca Shabad is a congressional reporter for NBC News, based in Washington.
Alex Moe is a Capitol Hill producer for NBC News covering your house of Representatives.
Leigh Ann Caldwell
Leigh Ann Caldwell is an NBC News correspondent.