Omar reportedly shouts ‘Stop it!’ as GOP’s McCarthy recounts Tlaib’s profane comment about Trump impeachment

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The group of four freshman House Democrats dubbed “the Squad” each had something to say Wednesday before the entire House voted along party lines to impeach President Trump.

In the case of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., it was the repeated shouting of "Stop it!" when House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy recounted a profane remark about President Trump that fellow Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., had uttered back in January.

On Wednesday, several journalists — including PBS Newshour senior reporter Daniel Bush, Daily Caller reporter Scott Morefield and others — identified Omar, who was not seen on camera — as the voice heard in the background as McCarthy addressed his fellow House members in the U.S. Capitol.


"What's the problem?" Morefield wrote, referring to Omar. "Truth hurt?"

In January — soon after all four Squad members took office following their elections in November 2018, and months before the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that kicked off the House impeachment inquiry this fall — Tlaib said on camera at a Capitol Hill reception celebrating the new Congress that “We’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf—er,” referring to Trump.

“Nothing was going to get in their way and certainly not the truth,” McCarthy began Wednesday. “Madam Speaker, Chairman Schiff said he had evidence, more than circumstantial, of collusion. That was false.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy's reference to a past remark by a fellow Squad member reportedly irritated Rep. Ilhan Omar on Wednesday.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy's reference to a past remark by a fellow Squad member reportedly irritated Rep. Ilhan Omar on Wednesday.

“In January, where we all stood in this body. We stood up. We raised our hands. We swore that we’d uphold the Constitution,” McCarthy continued. “And, a few mere hours after that, Congresswoman Tlaib said she was going to impeach the mother-f-er. Those are not my words.”

Omar also commented on Twitter on Wednesday about the impeachment.

“The evidence is clear," she wrote online. "Trump extorted a foreign government in an effort to get reelected — and obstructed Congress’ resulting investigation. He abused his oath of office. Today, I will act to restore balance to our democracy. I will vote to impeach Donald Trump.”

Other Squad members shared their views Wednesday as well.

During her own floor speech, Tlaib pointed to the “common sense” of the people in her home district in Michigan and veterans’ sense of “duty and responsibly” before citing “bribery” as a reason she supported impeaching Trump — even though bribery was not included as an article of impeachment.

The Democrat-led House decided to file only two articles – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Article one, abuse of power, passed on a 230-197 vote, with two Democrats joining Republicans in voting nay. The obstruction-of-Congress vote was 229-197, with three Democrats voting nay. No Republicans supported either article.

“I rise today in support of impeachment. I learn so much every single day form my residents at home. Their common sense and understanding of what is right and wrong centered on why they oppose any person who uses the most powerful position in the world for personal gain,” Tlaib said.

“We honor our veterans in this chamber almost on a daily basis, but do we ever follow their lead? Where we serve the people of the United States and uphold the Constitution not as Republicans or Democrats but as Americans. We should learn from their sense of duty and responsibility to country and democracy — not a political party.

“Doing nothing here, Madam Speaker, is not an option. Looking away from these crimes against our country is not an option. This is about protecting the future of our nation and our democracy from corruption. Abuse of power, criminal cover-ups and bribery.

“This vote is also for my sons and the future of so many generations, so I urge my colleagues to please vote yes on these articles of impeachment,” she concluded.

The freshmen Democrats known as "The Squad." From left are U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. They are seen at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, July 15, 2019. (Associated Press)

The freshmen Democrats known as "The Squad." From left are U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. They are seen at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, July 15, 2019. (Associated Press)

Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., who – invoking the holiday season – used his speech on the House floor Wednesday to point out that the Romans who persecuted Jesus Christ first gave him a chance to defend himself.

"Before you take this historic vote today, one week before Christmas, I want you to keep this in mind: When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers. During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this President in this process," Loudermilk said.

Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter with a Bible verse, simply writing: “Romans 1:25”

The verse warns against changing the “truth of God into a lie” and instead of worshipping a “creature” more than the blessed Creator — in what appeared to be a comment from the congresswoman on Republicans' support for President Trump.

House Democrats had pointed out that Trump was invited to testify before Congress but refused to comply with the impeachment inquiry.

"No normal person would be able to get away with attempting to extort a foreign power to compromise our country,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday. “But all too often, the most corrupt and powerful people grow so accustomed to life with impunity that standard accountability feels to them like unjust persecution.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., also addresssed her fellow House members on Wednesday.

“I rise today to protect our democracy. Today we take a stand against corruption and abuses of power. What we are doing here today is not only patriotic – it is uniquely American," she said. "America is a story of ordinary people confronting abuses of power with the steadfast pursuit of justice.


“Throughout our history, the oppressed have been relegated to the margins by the powerful and each time we have fought back. Deliberate in our approach, clear eye. Each generation has fought for the preservation of our democracy, and that is what brings us to the House floor today. Efficient and effective in the pursuit of our truth.

“Congress has done its due diligence. Today we send a clear message – we will not tolerate abuse of power from the President of the United States of America. The future of this nation rests in our hands. It is with a heavy heart but a resolved one. And, because I believe our democracy is worth fighting for, I will vote to impeach Donald J. Trump, and I urge my colleagues to do the same,” she concluded.

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Gohmert shouts at Nadler on House floor after ‘Russian propaganda’ accusation

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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, let loose on Democrats during Wednesday’s historic debate on the articles of impeachment against President Trump – shouting at House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., after he apparently accused the Republican of delivering "Russian propaganda" on the House floor.

Gohmert had just finished speaking on the floor when Nadler said he was "deeply concerned that any member of the House would spout Russian propaganda on the floor of the House."

Nadler’s comment set Gohmert off; he could be seen returning to the dais to shout down Nadler for his comment. The microphone on the Republican side was turned off at the moment when Gohmert approached, but he could be heard telling Nadler to take down his comment before the House returned to order.


The dust-up between Gohmert and Nadler was one of the more fiery moments of Wednesday’s House session with lawmakers heading toward an evening vote to impeach Trump.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. D-Calif., invoked the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to the Constitution in arguing that the Founders' vision for a republic was threatened by Trump's actions in the White House.

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"Today we are here to defend democracy for the people,'' she said to applause from Democrats in the chamber. "I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impeachment of the president of the United States."

Republicans swiftly came to the president's defense.

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia warned that the Founders were just as concerned about a purely partisan impeachment wielded by the power of a majority party.


"This is not a solemn occasion,” he mocked. "You've been wanting to do this ever since the gentlemen was elected.''

The rare undertaking to impeach a president, unfolding over a long day of debate, has split lawmakers largely in the same way it's divided Americans over Trump's presidency. Final votes were expected in the evening.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Schiff town hall erupts into clashes amid shouts of ‘liar’ and ‘treason’

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A California town hall meeting featuring House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., descended into chaos after jeers led to clashes among attendees.

Schiff was discussing how recognition of the Armenian genocide was a significant bipartisan issue at the event hosted by the Armenian National Committee of America on Saturday when members of the crowd began shouting at him.


"Liar!" at least one attendee at the Glendale event yelled.

The commotion escalated from there, with a number of people present bearing signs or shirts supporting President Trump and opposing the impeachment process. Schiff is one of the leaders of the impeachment inquiry, which is expected to lead to a vote by the full House later this week.

"You will be going to jail for treason!" one man could be heard shouting in videos from the event that were posted online. The man acknowledged the outburst was unrelated to the purpose of the event, stating, "No disrespect to you all, I'm glad you guys are getting recognized for your genocide, but this man is a f—–g liar!"

Videos captured physical scuffles that broke out soon after, while Schiff stepped away from the podium as organizers and authorities struggled to regain control of the event. No one was injured, police told the Los Angeles Times.

Schiff’s supporters eventually rallied on his behalf, chanting, “Adam! Adam!”


The event made a Monday town hall held by Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., seem tame in comparison. Slotkin, who announced her support for Trump's impeachment in a Detroit Free Press op-ed hours earlier, faced a chorus of boos and numerous interruptions as she addressed constituents.

Slotkin pressed forward with her speech, stating, "I’m glad to see so much enthusiasm for civic engagement."

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Watch: Virginia Dem faces shouts over Trump impeachment at fiery town hall with constituents

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Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., was confronted with shouts about the Democrat-led Trump impeachment effort during a fiery town hall meeting with constituents over the weekend.

Spanberger was one of the seven freshman Democrats who penned a September op-ed in the Washington Post calling for President Trump's impeachment. But footage from Sunday's town hall showed people yelling that the president was innocent and that the impeachment push was "crap."

"It's a lie. It's all a lie," one man shouted.

"You all have been trying to impeach this man since he got elected," a man could be heard saying. Another man also yelled that Trump "hasn't done anything wrong."

"Let our votes count," one man implored the congresswoman. "Don't take them away."



Spanberger represents Virginia's 7th congressional district, which includes areas between Richmond and Fredricksburg. Spanberger took that seat in 2018 from Republican Dave Brat, a former economics professor whom conservatives endorsed as an alternative to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won Virginia in 2016 — but with a slim margin, and much of her support coming from the northern part of the state. Spanberger's district was one of many that favored Trump.

Someone at the event said Spanberger seemed visibly frustrated in the video from the town hall. The "crap" comment came in response to Spanberger calling the allegations against Trump "incredibly, incredibly serious." Another resident said they were 'b——t."

A spokesperson for Spanberger reportedly said the incident showed the congresswoman "engaging in important conversations" with her constituents.


Spanberger's town hall seemed to preview the type of discontent Democrats could face during reelection bids in moderate or Trump-leaning districts.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., acknowledged on Friday that some Democrats wouldn't vote for impeachment and that he wasn't galvanizing members to do so given how "divisive" the issue has become.

"This is a vote of conscience," Clyburn said while appearing on CNN. "I do believe that when it comes to something as divisive as impeachment, we have to leave members up to their own consciences, their own constituents, and what they think is in the best interest of their love for country."

"And so, I think it would be a bit unseemly for us to go out whipping up a vote on something like this. This is too serious, this is too much about preserving this great Republic," he added.


His appearance came amid ongoing impeachment hearings led by House Democrats. On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told members to proceed with articles of impeachment, potentially making Trump the third U.S. president to be impeached. The Republican-led Senate is expected to reject any request to remove Trump from office.

Two Democrats, Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, voted against starting the impeachment inquiry in October.

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