Georgia Republican and Trump ally Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene exploded during a Wednesday House Homeland Security Committee hearing in Texas, on which Democrats boycotted. The target of her fury was an alleged incident at the U.S.-Mexico border; an alleged explosive device found by Border Patrol agents.
Rep. MTG asked U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz about the alleged device, asking, “Chief Ortiz, are you aware that there was an explosive device found by Border Patrol agents on January 17th in an area called No Man’s Land, and there’s surveillance of who put it there? And guess what? It wasn’t Americans; it was cartels. Are you aware of that?”
Ortiz, a Biden lackey, refused to respond to the question. Citing the “classified” nature of the incident, he refused to answer the Congresswoman’s questions, saying, “I will tell you that some of this information that I receive, I receive in a confidential [sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF)], so I’m going to be a little hesitant of briefing what I know and what I don’t know with respect to some of those, an event like that.”
And that’s when Rep. MTG sounded off. Exploding, she said that she wasn’t going to be “confidential” given the threat the border situation poses to the American people. In her words:
“I understand, Chief Ortiz, but I’m not going to be confidential because I think people deserve to know. Our Border Patrol agents should not be in those type of conditions where they are at risk of being blown to pieces by the cartels, who, by the way, are criminals, and they should be treated as such.
“As a matter of fact, I’ve co-sponsored legislation to declare war on the cartels because they are definitely declaring war on us, the American people, and our Border Patrol agents, and I’ve had enough of it, and I know Americans have had enough of it.
“Now this was supposed to be a full committee. But as you can see, the Democrats are not here. They decided to not — to not show. Why? Well, they said coming here was just a political stunt. You tell me, taking a hearing to the point of the crisis for a firsthand view, are boycotting a hearing because you know we’re going to shine a light on the truth. Which of those is a political stunt? I’d say the political stunt are these empty chairs.”
Watch the incident here:
Every state is a border state.
In just the last two years under the Biden Administration, fentanyl deaths in my district in Northwest Georgia have increased over 350%.
Americans are dying, and Democrats don’t even bother to show up for work. pic.twitter.com/4yjAGeNp27
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) March 15, 2023
During another exchange, Ortiz admitted that nearly 400,000 illegals have gotten away from Border Patrol, saying:
“Thank you, Congressman Gimenez. Good to see you again, sir. I will tell you that the gotaway number is a number that for a long time was associated with art. It was our agents out there actually cutting swaths of country and using you know footprints as an indicator as to what we were seeing out there. That was our situational awareness.
“With the investments that this Congress has made into the Border Patrol, CBP as a whole, we have greater situational awareness now than I’ve ever had. My confidence level on that gotaway number continues to increase. Is it 100 percent? No sir. 385,000 gotaways so far this fiscal year. We continue to refine that number. I’ve got to do a better job of accounting for the actual encounters.”
He added that “in my estimation based upon the situation awareness that I have probably be between 10 and 20 percent, sir.”
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