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.
Trump declares impeachment ‘dead’ — and demands apology — in late night Twitter outburst
President Donald Trump lashed out on his favorite social media platform late Thursday evening.
Eight minutes before midnight eastern time, Trump unloaded.
Trump wrote, "Democrats must apologize to USA: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that 'United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland did NOT link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former V.P. Joe Biden & his son, Hunter Biden. Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.'”
Trump did not say why he was taking the word of a foreign official over multiple sworn testimonies from members of his own administration.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi was masterful in using the word "bribery" to describe President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, according to a former federal prosecutor.
MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed former Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger on Thursday evening's "The Last Word."
Please expand for us on why it is significant and why is it important to label this bribery," Williams said.
"So I think Nancy Pelosi was very specific in calling this bribery for two reasons," Berger replied.
"The first is that -- unlike quid pro quo -- ribery is something that most people understand, especially people who have children," she said, with a chuckle. "We all sort of have a general understanding of that."
Giuliani henchmen showered Republican with cash — and Trump almost made him ambassador to Ukraine: report
Yet another bombshell report has shed new light on President Donald Trump's suspicious Ukraine policies.
"At the same time that Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted pals were pushing for President Donald Trump to remove Amb. Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine, Trump administration officials were eyeing potential contenders to take over her job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who called for Yovanovitch’s firing," The Daily Beast reported Thursday night. "He is also a longtime ally of the former New York Mayor, and is believed to have taken millions of dollars from Giuliani’s indicted cronies."