Marjorie Taylor Greene adds defunding ongoing DOJ Trump investigations to list of hard-right demands to avoid fiscal crisis

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia outside the Capitol in January 2023.

Far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she won’t vote for a budget without cuts to DOJ and FBI.
Specifically, she wants to target ongoing DOJ investigations into former President Donald Trump.
It adds to a long list of steep conservative demands in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia said on Friday that she would not vote for legislation to fund the government unless it includes cuts targeting ongoing criminal investigations into former President Donald Trump.

The unprecedented demand will likely garner momentum among the furthest-right members of the House Republican caucus. It also complicates what’s already shaping up to be a contentious fight, with both the functioning of the federal government and the potential for a fiscal crisis hanging in the balance. Once a fringe member of the caucus, Greene has emerged as a key ally of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

In a tweet, Greene claimed that the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation have “weaponized their power” against conservatives and everyone “aligned with Trump” and said she would not vote for the budget unless it will “defund the two-tiered justice system and reign in the politically weaponized DOJ and FBI.”

—Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) March 17, 2023

Greene spokesman Nick Dyer clarified that the congresswoman was alluding to the use of the Holman rule, which allows Congress to target specific federal employees’ salaries and zero-out specific government programs. 

The congresswoman previously touted the rule, which was not used by Congress during the past four years but was re-adopted by the new Republican majority this year, as a tool to go after the ongoing special counsel investigation into Trump.

—Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) November 18, …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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