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Sat May 18, 2024, 04:37 PM May 18

Investigate whether drinking played role in chaotic House hearing, senior Democrat Jamie Raskin says [View all]

Source: UK Independent

5 hours ago

A top-ranking Democrat has said that it’s worth investigating whether alcohol was involved in an explosive, insult-ridden House Oversight Committee hearing earlier this week.

Representative Jamie Raskin called for the investigation after Melanie Stansbury, a Democrat, said non-committee members were drinking in the chamber during a hearing where Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene kicked off a fiery exchange by insulting lawmaker Jasmine Crockett.

“I didn’t see the drinking but the gentlelady from New Mexico, Melanie Stansbury, raised it,” Mr Raskin told Fox News outside the US Capitol on Friday. “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.” Mr Raskin pointed the finger at lawmakers from across the aisle.

“There was drinking going on in the hearing room on the Republican side,” he told The Hill. “You had a bunch of members who had skipped legislative votes yesterday in order to go to Donald Trump’s trial...I don’t even want to imagine how much drinking was taking place on the train or up in New York,” he said. “And these members came back out of control. And the chairman did not rein them in, and the institution pays the price.” Additional unnamed representatives from both parties also told Politico they saw members drinking.

Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/jamie-raskin-drinking-house-hearing-b2547301.html

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LOVE it! elleng May 18 #1
Would explain some of the GOP bad behavior. Irish_Dem May 18 #2
The "GOP" part explains the bad behavior. Think. Again. May 18 #8
Yes but the drugs and booze make it even worse. Irish_Dem May 18 #9
But we have to be careful Democracy Defender May 18 #23
I do not give a rat's behind what any GOP might do with my comments. Irish_Dem May 18 #25
That is rightwing crap...from GOP sources. Demsrule86 May 18 #32
And check out the poster's other four posts. n/t femmedem May 19 #47
Yeah no. Kingofalldems May 18 #33
Opens the door? dpibel May 18 #35
Oh yes MorbidButterflyTat May 18 #38
Did the staffer get fired? If so, let them bring it up - excellent example of what should happen. RandomNumbers May 19 #48
Exactly! "Some people say they drink and do drugs to 'enhance' their personalities" maxrandb May 19 #55
Some of these republicans PatSeg May 19 #57
Well yes. Irish_Dem May 19 #58
Bringing out more of their true personalities PatSeg May 19 #61
Yes blocking any remaining filters. Irish_Dem May 19 #62
Exactly PatSeg May 19 #63
Such deep respect for the institution leftieNanner May 18 #3
They have no respect for anything or anyone. Dave Bowman May 18 #26
They should be called in for random drug tests. nt doc03 May 18 #4
We know that some of the MOC could not pass drug tests. Irish_Dem May 18 #16
Two tests that should be given to all members of Congress DFW May 19 #54
I would add a psychiatric workup I_UndergroundPanther May 19 #60
Unfortunately, as far as THOSE particular characteristics go DFW May 19 #67
Welp if it made fewer republicans I_UndergroundPanther May 20 #71
Well they rode the Acela train back from NYC. Probably in the club car or bar car as it sometimes called Walleye May 18 #5
A few of them are incapable of shame, but some others would want to drown out their own hypocrisy captain queeg May 18 #11
And some, in their stupidity would want to celebrate their "bravery ". Biophilic May 18 #18
I'm shocked! sop May 18 #6
The executioner is always drunk! Mopar151 May 18 #7
Or Soggy Steve Bannon nt Mopar151 May 19 #43
Raskin will be on M$NBComcast at 6. 00pm malaise May 18 #10
They need one of those breathalyzer devices at the door central scrutinizer May 18 #12
I think I would die from alcohol poisoning ThoughtCriminal May 18 #13
I really appreciate this sentiment. Biophilic May 18 #19
What's the excuse for their horrid behavior vapor2 May 18 #14
I guess MTG can be COL Mustard May 19 #45
Or maybe she's always drunk. RandomNumbers May 19 #49
These people are scum who act like most redneck assholes do who are hammered at a party. hadEnuf May 18 #15
Boebert Was Drunk HandmaidsTaleUntold May 18 #17
When are Republican politicians not drunk ? Traurigkeit May 18 #20
100 bottles of beer on the wall Pas-de-Calais May 18 #21
100 bottles of beer on the wall.... COL Mustard May 18 #28
Who's afraid to take a drug test? NoMoreRepugs May 18 #22
Probably every last one of 'em. calimary May 18 #24
I wouldn't be surprised. COL Mustard May 18 #27
The House will now be called MOMFUDSKI May 18 #29
Fat, drunk and stupid COL Mustard May 19 #46
Did MTG go to NYC with the red tie brigade? ShazzieB May 18 #30
Stansbury is my Rep Warpy May 18 #31
I sometimes Rebl2 May 18 #34
They're wannabe Russians, of course they're drunk ;) ) Cheezoholic May 18 #36
Time to call out the frat boy mentality of the MAGOP Martin68 May 18 #37
Alcohol and steroids don't mix MTG. Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 18 #39
I'd rather somebody investigate Alito and Ginny Thomas. Efilroft Sul May 18 #40
Love it! elleng May 19 #41
Casaloca Nasruddin May 19 #42
You and I would lose our jobs and/or careers in a heartbeat for this. Evolve Dammit May 19 #44
So we, as taxpayers, are paying for these assholes to travel to support a felony-charged criminal, ... Novara May 19 #50
If this is true (and it sounds like it is) those GOP Representatives should be censured FakeNoose May 19 #51
seen pictures of Congressional offices and there is booze out in the open Historic NY May 19 #52
So EmptyGreene wasn't empty? Explains a lot eom Maeve May 19 #53
Pretty standard behavior for MTG, she always seems filled with the spirit IronLionZion May 19 #56
In vino veritas Traurigkeit May 19 #59
Well, when you have sold your soul to Putin and the oligarchy not fooled May 19 #64
Family values again Bayard May 19 #65
No one has ever mentioned it, but I suspect MTG is an alcoholic. ificandream May 19 #66
I think she's just a loud mouth asshole GenThePerservering May 19 #70
Republicans don't care if their reps are drunk. In fact..... KY_EnviroGuy May 19 #68
It makes the entire country look bad when the message is that legislators are drunk while working. Renew Deal May 19 #69
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