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At a hearing of the House Oversight Committee on Friday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) temporarily disrupted things by asking to be sworn in for her testimony, contrary to the practice for members of Congress.

After committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) acknowledged Ocasio-Cortez for her testimony, the congresswoman asked to be sworn in.

“We usually don’t require a swearing in, but you want to be sworn in?” Cummings asked.

Ocasio-Cortez responded “Yes.”


At the hearing, the New York freshman along with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayana Pressley (N.Y.) gave testimony regarding their recent trip to the border.

Members of Congress are not typically sworn in to give testimony to committees and lying to Congress is illegal under Title 18 of federal law regardless of whether or not an oath has been administered by a committee chair.

Ocasio-Cortez later explained that the unconventional swearing-in was meant to show that she’s not lying about the situation at the border.

“GOP has been stating that I am lying about the translated accounts of migrants at the border, particularly about the fact that women were drinking out of a toilet bowl,” the Democratic freshman said in a tweet. “Committee staff conferred with me ahead of time about requesting to be sworn in.”

Critics, however, said that the move was clearly done for appearances.

“Time and time again, she chooses photo-ops over actually legislating,” a congressional source told the Washington Examiner about the display. “She just needed something to tweet. It just shows that Democrats are obsessed with political theater and attacking the president, rather than solving real problems facing the American people.”

Trump 2020 Deputy Director of Communications Matt Wolking criticized the swearing in as “contrived theater by AOC and Elijah Cummings,” adding that “She knows damn well she can lie as much as she wants ‘under oath’ and the committee will do nothing about it.”



  1. Eric M.

    July 12, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Well shit…Gotta believe her now, right? The scorpion and frog story comes to mind.

    • Becky Diane Clark

      July 12, 2019 at 10:30 pm

      I wouldn’t believe a damn thing she says if she were sworn in 100 times! It was all for show! Like they said, she is more about photo ops than actually working for the American people!

  2. JAIME.

    July 12, 2019 at 9:25 pm


    • Michael E Durbin

      July 12, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      Someone once said, “you can’t fix stupid”!!

  3. Diana

    July 12, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    No one believes her. And if they find that she is lying after being sworn in….there are consequences.

  4. Steve

    July 12, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    She’s shown that lying doesn’t bother her at all, so what difference does it make if she swears on a book that means nothing to her?

  5. Marlene deRonde

    July 12, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    AOC, Tlalib, and Omar should not be in Congress. They don’t respect USA Constitutional Laws. They should not have been permitted to run for office since they don’t abide by Our Laws. They want to change it to benefit their views, to change our country to what it is not.

  6. George Boyd

    July 12, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    I ? do swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me Stalin.

  7. Richard Hullfish Sr.

    July 12, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    You are truly a piece of shit. Keep wasting the peoples time. The only place your going is to the dump.

  8. LST

    July 13, 2019 at 12:11 am

    She should have been sworn AT, not in.

  9. Paul Otts

    July 13, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Great! Now she can be arrested for perjury!

  10. madge

    July 13, 2019 at 1:13 am

    so now it’s cook too lie under oath…what next?

    • Phyllis Romano

      July 13, 2019 at 9:05 am

      She is in the wrong field. She’s a Drama Queen!!! Go live in Hollywood with the rest of the crazies and weirdos.

  11. Shari Early

    July 13, 2019 at 6:47 am

    I don’t care what she does. She’s a psychotic liar and should have already been kicked out of Congress.

  12. Rick

    July 13, 2019 at 7:29 am


  13. Leslie Stevenson

    July 13, 2019 at 11:16 am

    All that proves is that like all Demorats , they lie under oath.They are what lives in your septic tank.

  14. Wilson

    July 14, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Would have told her to sit her ass down and shut up.

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