Hunter Biden’s lawyer filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Friday, requesting that an ethics watchdog “immediately” initiate a review of Greene’s conduct after she showed sexually explicit photos of Biden at a congressional hearing this week.
In a letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), Biden attorney Abbe David Lowell slammed Greene’s actions as “abhorrent behavior that blatantly violates House Ethics rules and standards of official conduct.”
“This week, your colleague has lowered herself, and by extension the entire House of Representatives, to a new level of abhorrent behavior that blatantly violates House Ethics rules and standards of official conduct. If the OCE takes its responsibilities seriously, it will promptly and decisively condemn and discipline Ms. Greene for her latest actions,” Lowell wrote.
“Now more than ever, the House has a duty to make loud and clear that it does not endorse, condone, or agree with her outrageous, undignified conduct and brazen violations of the standards of official conduct that do not reflect creditably on the House of Representatives,” he added.
The OCE is a non-partisan, independent entity previously established by the House that reviews allegations of misconduct involving lawmakers, officers and House staffers and, if warranted, refers matters to the Ethics Committee.
Greene and the OCE did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The episode in question took place Wednesday during a House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing that featured testimony from two IRS whistleblowers who allege that prosecutors slow-walked the investigation into Hunter Biden. Republicans throughout this Congress have argued that federal law enforcement agencies are politicized against the GOP.
During her time to question the witnesses, Greene held up posters that showed graphic sexual photos from the laptop hard drive that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden. The faces of other individuals involved in the sex acts were censored with black boxes, but Biden’s face was visible in the photos — which Lowell pointed out in his letter.
“Before we begin, I would like to let the committee and everyone watching at home that parental discretion is advised,” Greene said before her first question.
The presentation sparked criticism from Democrats, with Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md.), the top Democrat on the panel, asking Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) “should we be displaying this.”
Greene claimed that Biden improperly utilized his company to write off payments made to prostitutes, but one of the whistleblowers — IRS special agent Joseph Ziegler — would not confirm. He did, however, say deductions were made that were believed to be for escorts, and noted that a payment that was said to be for a golf membership was for a “sex club.”