Stripping House Member of Committee Assignments Doesn’t Violate the First Amendment
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was stripped of committee assignments because of her pre-election-campaign statements embracing QAnon, 9/11 trutherism, claims that school shootings were faked, Rothschild space lasers, and executing Democrats. (She has apparently renounced most or all of the claims since.) Does that violate the First Amendment?
I think the answer is “no”: Committee appointments are a political process, and are subject to political decisions, including ones based on a person’s constitutionally protected speech. Just as the President is entitled to nominate cabinet members and judges based on past speech he likes—and reject possible nominees based on past speech he dislikes—so Congress can dole out committee positions the same way.
We see this in the longstanding practice of giving members of the m
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