WASHINGTON – Hunter Biden’s lawyer filed an ethics complaint in the House of Representatives on Friday against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for reaching a “new level of abhorrent behavior” after she displayed sexually explicit pictures of him during a hearing Wednesday.
The lawyer, Abbe Lowell, told the Office of Congressional Ethics in a letter that the Georgia Republican’s “unmoored verbal abuses and attacks on Biden represented numerous ethics violations.”
Lowell previously complained in April about Greene over alleged defamation, false allegations, publication of private photos and “bizarre dissemination of conspiracy theories about Mr. Biden and members of his family.”
“She displayed (on printed posters) sexually explicit and nude images of Mr. Biden,” Lowell wrote. “Then, toward the end of her questioning, Ms. Greene held up the graphic poster boards, spouting yet another of her untethered conspiracy theories, suggesting without any evidence that they showed Mr. Biden ‘making pornography.’”
The office doesn’t announce what it is investigating, but depending on a preliminary review, the complaint could eventually reach the House Ethics Committee. That panel of lawmakers could potentially recommend the full House censure or oust Greene, but few complaints result in discipline because the committee is evenly divided between the parties.
The hearing was part of wide-ranging inquiries the committee and the Judiciary Committee have held into Biden and his father, President Joe Biden. The White House has dismissed the probes as hyperpartisan innuendo.
Greene’s presentation came during a hearing with two Internal Revenue Service investigators about Republican complaints that a tax investigation into Biden was too weak.
Biden agreed in June to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and resolve a gun charge in a way that is likely to not require incarceration. A hearing is scheduled Wednesday.
Greene blasted the Justice Department for not prosecuting Biden aggressively and warned the audience that “parental discretion is advised.” She accused Biden of making amateur pornography, sex trafficking and paying for prostitutes while holding up pictures of him since material from a laptop circulated on the internet.
“What’s even more troubling to me is that the Department of Justice has brought no charges against Hunter Biden that will vindicate the rights of these women who are clearly victims under the law,” Greene said.
Greene questioned why the department hadn’t prosecuted Biden more aggressively. She tweeted more questions Friday about why the Justice Department hadn’t prosecuted him for sex trafficking and writing sex payments off his taxes as business expenses.
Lowell argued that none of Greene’s presentation was the House’s business.
“None of her actions or statements could possibly be deemed to be part of any legitimate legislative activity, as is clear from both the content of her statements and her conduct and the forums she uses to spew her unhinged rhetoric,” Lowell wrote.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hunter Biden’s lawyer files complaint against Marjorie Taylor Greene