Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has built her political career on making incendiary comments on television and in social media with no apparent filter.
So it was probably only a matter of time before she openly admitted to potentially committing a crime on national TV by accident. Given some of the things she's said over the past couple years it probably shouldn't be surprising she did just that on Fox News last week.
Because former Republican President Donald Trump has been indicted on 37 felony counts stemming from his horde of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago and the lies he told to keep them, MAGA Republicans have spent all their time since talking about the allegedly nefarious deeds of Democratic President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Greene claimed to have seen highly sensitive documents about the Bidens' which she said the FBI is "stonewalling" the American people about.
She held up her notes on the matter to the camera as seen below.
Which, if her story is true about the sensitivity of the information, might have been a major crime.
\u201cGreene: The FBI is stonewalling us and they would only let us see it in a scif. What I did after reading the document is made notes when I walked out and went to the table. I wrote down everything that I had just read.\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1686278752
Greene was careful to say the document she reviewed was "unclassified."
But she claimed she was only allowed to view it in a SCIF—a sensitive compartmented information facility—where all the most sensitive documents are kept.
People allowed inside a SCIF are not allowed to bring electronic devices and are not permitted to take any notes about what they are reading to prevent leaks of sensitive information. Greene apparently chose not to abide by those rules, and was allegedly permitted by the federal staffers at the SCIF to do so.
Because as she told Fox's Laura Ingraham:
“This is a document that all of America should be able to see, but the FBI is stonewalling us and they would only let us see it in a SCIF."
"Well what I did after reading the document is I made notes when I walked out and I went up to the table."
She then held up her notes to the camera.
"I wrote down everything that I had just read so that I could come out and tell the American people what I read."
On Twitter, people were pretty shocked to see what essentially amounted to a confession of a crime.
\u201cHey @FBI, if this information was classified sounds to me like the Congresswoman is admitting to a crime. \n\nAnd if it was not, @SpeakerMcCarthy should remove her privileges for violating the trust she was afforded as a Member of Congress to review sensitive information.\u201d— Mark S. Zaid (@Mark S. Zaid) 1686282591
\u201cIt appears that Marjorie Taylor Greene may have just admitted to committing a federal crime on live TV.\u201d— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) 1686279615
\u201cThis means her notes have the same classification as the document she read. And those notes are unsecured. She\u2019s now in violation of US law.\u201d— John Aravosis \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddec\ud83c\uddf7\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 ex-verif\u2019d (@John Aravosis \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddec\ud83c\uddf7\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 ex-verif\u2019d) 1686283649
\u201cI don\u2019t know who needs to hear this, but this is also mishandling of classified documents and it\u2019s a crime.\u201d— Kaz Weida (@Kaz Weida) 1686279936
\u201cWait. So if I had Top Secret clearance and saw a doc that showed me the name and SSN of a spy, and I memorized it and then walked out and wrote it down on paper and waved it around on cable TV, my ass wouldn\u2019t be headed to prison for some treason shit? Because it should be.\u201d— Sean Herrala (@Sean Herrala) 1686281718
\u201c@Acyn I\u2019m not the real Andy Sipowicz, but even I can see this is super illegal\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1686278752
\u201cThe GOP really needs to get people who are better at doing crimes, because this one was like, "HEY, EXCUSE ME, IS THERE A CAMERA I CAN DO THIS CRIME IN FRONT OF, PLEASE?"\u201d— Rex Huppke (@Rex Huppke) 1686282804
\u201cA SCIF is a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility: an enclosed area within a building that is used to process sensitive compartmented information types of classified information.\n\nIf given documents to be viewed in a SCIF, you CANNOT write the info down & bring it out.\u201d— \ud83c\udd3c\ud83c\udd30\ud83c\udd41\ud83c\udd48 \ud83c\udd3c\ud83c\udd30\ud83c\udd41\ud83c\udd48 \ud83c\udd40\ud83c\udd44\ud83c\udd38\ud83c\udd43\ud83c\udd34 \ud83c\udd32\ud83c\udd3e\ud83c\udd3d\ud83c\udd43\ud83c\udd41\ud83c\udd30\ud83c\udd41\ud83c\udd48 (@\ud83c\udd3c\ud83c\udd30\ud83c\udd41\ud83c\udd48 \ud83c\udd3c\ud83c\udd30\ud83c\udd41\ud83c\udd48 \ud83c\udd40\ud83c\udd44\ud83c\udd38\ud83c\udd43\ud83c\udd34 \ud83c\udd32\ud83c\udd3e\ud83c\udd3d\ud83c\udd43\ud83c\udd41\ud83c\udd30\ud83c\udd41\ud83c\udd48) 1686282670
\u201c@Acyn Any other crimes you wanna admit to while being recorded, @RepMTG?\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1686278752
Republicans were seemingly allowed to commit crimes in plain sight without consequence since Trump took office, so Greene's actions aren't exactly surprising.
But given their homeboy is now actually being charged, people like Greene might want to tone the crime-bragging down a bit.