Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) took the stand in front of an administrative law judge at a hearing Friday over a challenge to her 2022 re-election bid.
Greene qualified March 7 to seek another term in Georgia's 14th congressional district, but just over two weeks later, a campaign finance-reform organization called "Free Speech for People" filed a challenge with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Last month's legal filing with Raffensperger's office alleges that Greene played a role in the Jan. 6, 2021, and that she should not be permitted to run. The challenge argues that Greene's alleged role in Jan. 6 violates a rarely cited provision of the 14th Amendment.
It was on Jan. 6, 2021, that a riot ensued in the nation's capital, disrupting Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential election victory.
The organization filed the 42-page complaint on behalf of five 14th congressional district voters, alleging that Greene should be disqualified because of a clause in the 14th Amendment that says, "No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress ... who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress ... to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection."
Ratified just after the Civil War, Section 3 was meant in part to keep representatives who had fought for the Confederacy from returning to Congress.
The audience applauded Greene when she entered the courtroom, at which point a deputy reminded the congresswoman's supporters that shouting was prohibited.
Free Speech For People legal director Ron Fein referenced the Civil War and argued that the evidence would show that she was a leader in facilitating the Capitol riot of Jan. 6, 2021. "The most powerful witness against Marjorie Taylor Greene’s candidacy, the most powerful witness in establishing that she crossed the line into engagement in insurrection is Marjorie Taylor Greene herself," Fein said.
The challenge cites Greene's comments in the lead-up to the Capitol storming and points to a Newsmax interview the day prior on Jan. 5, 2021, where she said: "This is our 1776 moment."
Fein argued that, while Greene was not on the Capitol steps herself, she "played an important role" to "help facilitate" the Jan. 6 riot. Greene's attorney James Bopp argued that removing Greene from the ballot would suppress voting rights.
"Our democracy is at stake," Bopp argued, FOX 5 Atlanta reported. "Right here, right now. Because they want to deny the right to vote to voters in the 14th District. These voters have a right to vote for the candidate of their choosing."
Bopp said Greene met with former President Donald Trump about making objections to certain electoral votes because of concerns about voter fraud.
At the time of the Jan. 6 riot, Greene was in a dark hallway at the Capitol urging followers via social media to stay safe and remain calm, according to Bopp.
"Rep. Greene was a victim of this attack," Bopp declared, stating that the lawmaker was scared and confused and believed her life could be in danger.
On the stand, Greene said that she "never meant anything for violence," referencing social media posts that urged Trump supporters to protest in Washington, DC. "None of my words, near ever, mean anything for violence.
"The only violence I'd ever seen was the Antifa and BLM riots," Greene stated on the stand. "And I've been to so many Trump rallies. I have never once seen violence out of Trump people. I don't recall any talk of violence." She emphasized: "I only believe in peaceful demonstrations; I do not support violence."
Greene filed a lawsuit against Raffensperger to in an attempt to stop the hearing from advancing, but a federal judge ruled against the Georgia representative earlier in the week. Greene then filed an appeal, but it was not likely at the time of the filing to be heard before Friday morning's court proceeding, scheduled for 9:30 am local time, in the Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings.
The judge will not make a ruling in the courtroom, but will instead issue a written decision to the parties involved, FOX 5 reported. The primary election is May 24.
A federal judge Monday ruled that the group of Georgia voters can proceed with legal efforts seeking to disqualify Greene from running for re-election to Congress.
"They're trying to stop MTG from being allowed to run for re-election so they can do it to Trump in 24. So obvious," Human Events Daily's Jack Posobiec tweeted.