Ocasio-Cortez Defends Jamaal Bowman For Pulling Fire Alarm
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, speaks during a House Financial Services Committee hearing investigating the collapse of FTX in Washington, DC, US, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. House lawmakers were supposed to get their chance to grill the FTX founder on the collapse of his digital-asset empire, but the former crypto billionaire was arrested in the Bahamas on Monday after the US government filed criminal charges amid multiple probes into his possible misconduct.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) defended Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) during an interview over the weekend after Bowman pulled a fire alarm on Saturday in a congressional office before the House vote on a stopgap bill to keep the government open.

AOC gave the defense of Bowman — who is now under investigation by law enforcement and Congress — during an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning.

“There was an interesting moment over the weekend when your New York colleague Congressman Jamaal Bowman — he’s under investigation for this now after Capitol Police say he pulled a fire alarm in one of the House’s office buildings,” Tapper said. “Democrats were trying to delay a vote, a final vote on the bill. There he is pulling the fire alarm. He says it was an accident, and he thought pulling the alarm would open a door, based on the fact that the doors to his right there were locked and there was a sign that he said he was — I think someone said it was confusing.”

“I will be honest. That doesn’t really make sense to me, his explanation,” Tapper said. “Have you talked to him? What’s going on there?”

“I mean, listen, I think if you actually do see some of the photos of the signs, I think there’s something to be said about, the government’s about to shut down. There’s a vote clock that’s going down. The exits that are normally open in that building were suddenly closed,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed.

“So, you pull the fire alarm?” Tapper responded.

“So, I’m not — I’m — what I am here to say is that House administration, U.S. Capitol Police, and Jamaal Bowman are in active, and he’s fully participating in saying there was a misunderstanding,” she responded. “But what I do think is important to raise is the fact that Republicans, representatives like Nicole Malliotakis and others, immediately moved to file motions to censure, motions to expel before there has even been conversations that are finished to even see if there was a misunderstanding here.”

Ocasio-Cortez went on to claim that Rep. George Santos (R-NY) was “actually found guilty after a thorough investigation of 13 federal charges.” Santos has been indicted but has not been found guilty, as there has been no trial at this point.


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