During the hearing, Greene initially denied calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a “traitor to our country,” as CNN’s KFile reported.
“No, I didn’t say that,” the MP said.
Greene eventually admitted to saying that about Pelosi as the attorney questioning the congresswoman mounted the exhibit with her remarks.
“Oh, no. Wait. Wait now –” Green interjected quickly. “Oh no, wait, wait now. I believe that by not securing the border, it violates his oath of office.”
In a speech promoting the petition, Greene suggested that Pelosi could be executed for treason.
“She’s a traitor to our country. She’s guilty of treason,” Greene says in the 2019 video, which she posted on Facebook at the time, before the video was taken down. “She is sworn to protect American citizens and uphold our laws. And she aids and comforts our enemies who illegally invade our land. That is what treason is. And by our law, Representatives and Senators can be expelled and no longer serve in our government. And that’s, uh, that’s a crime punishable by death, that’s what treason is. Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason.
Asked again about her comments during Friday’s hearing, Greene said she did not recall making them when asked if she said so.
“According to this CNN article, I did,” Greene said. “I don’t remember. I don’t remember saying all that.”
Greene also denied knowledge of liking a post on his personal Facebook advocating that Pelosi be shot in the head and executed. In one post, from January 2019, Greene’s account liked a comment that said “a bullet to the head would be quicker” to remove Pelosi.
At the start of his testimony, Greene claimed that “I never mean anything for violence. All my words never, ever mean anything for violence.”
“I don’t remember,” Greene said.