The lawyer who questioned the rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) In a Georgia voter lawsuit challenging her right to stand for re-election said Monday he found it “shocking” how often she claimed under oath that she could not remember comments , that millions of people know she did.
Asked by CNN “New Day” host John Berman if he thought Greene was guilty of perjury, attorney Andrew Celli Jr. said that decision was up to the state administrative law judge who heard the case in Atlanta last week.
“I’m going to say it’s gullible that this woman can make those kinds of statements, make them public on her Facebook page in front of her hundreds of thousands of Facebook followers and millions of people who see her comments all the time and then claim “she does not remember,” said Celli. “It’s shocking to me.”
Celli represents a group of voters in Georgia and the non-partisan suffrage organization Free Speech for People in their action, arguing that Greene should be barred from running for re-election because of the so-called insurgency disqualification clause in the constitution.
Paragraph 3 of the 14th Amendment excludes legislators who, after taking an oath to “support the Constitution”, then “engaged in rebellion or rebellion against the same” or gave “help or consolation to the enemies.” The section was added after the Civil War to prohibit lawmakers from representing a government they had wanted to see overthrown.
Greene repeatedly said at the booth on Friday that she could not recall some of her most memorable statements, including calling for the 2020 presidential election to be overturned and for a peaceful transfer of power to be blocked. After several questions, Celli called up on social media or videos where Greene said exactly what he had asked about.
In a remarkable moment, Greene initially said she could not remember calling House President Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) A traitor. When Celli made a video, she said, “Oh, no, wait. Now hold on.” She then claimed that Pelosi had violated his office by not keeping immigrants out.
“I’m not interested in her office. I’m interested in you saying she’s a traitor to our country,” Celli replied. He then played a video of Greene saying he was guilty of “treason” “, which is” punishable by death. “
Asked what action posed the greatest threat to Greene’s right to stand for re-election, Celli said it was the congresswoman who called for a “1776 moment,” citing the American Revolution, the day before the attack on the American Capitol last year. The term “1776 moment” was used by extremists such as the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers to refer to a violent overthrow of the presidential election that Joe Biden had won.
“People understood that ‘1776 ‘was the code for’ breaking into the Capitol, using violence and, most importantly, blocking the certification of Joe Biden. ‘It’s an act of rebellion. And we demonstrated and proved it,'” Celli said.
Celli referred to other actions by Greene that have recently come to light and that could have helped the case further.
According to text messages given to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 uprising, obtained by CNN on Monday, Greene discussed the introduction of martial law with then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and told him: ” We have to be organized for the 6th.
Asked about the chances that Greene will eventually be blocked from re-election, Celli replied: “There is bias in our country, it is very clear. But I have committed my life as a lawyer to the belief that the rule of law will prevail in the end. end, and I think we have the rule of law on our side. ”