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Scott Taylor: The Terrorist Congressman

In our article “Pro-Amnesty Virginia GOP Congressman Scott Taylor Flips Out” we told you how pro-amnesty Virginia Congressman Scott Taylor (VA-2) flipped-out and phoned the offices of the anti-illegal immigration nonprofit group NumbersUSA and threatened to “blow up” the group’s offices for criticizing his position on amnesty.

A source close to NumbersUSA told Big League Politics that Taylor called NumbersUSA’s office the week before the vote on the tax bill “screaming profanities at them” after the group disseminated the letter he and Scott Taylorother GOP squishes sent to Speaker Paul Ryan demanding amnesty for the DACA illegal aliens. The source claimed that NumbersUSA did “nothing else” to agitate Taylor, merely sent around the letter.

A few days later, Rep. Taylor called again “asking for their physical address and threatened to blow up their offices,” according to the source. Multiple sources close to NumbersUSA confirmed to BigLeaguePolitics.com the statement on the phone call.

Our article focused on the truth of the NumbersUSA claim that Taylor supports Obama’s DACA amnesty program – he obviously does based on the plain language of his letter demanding Congress enact an amnesty program before the end of 2017 – a demand we note that was rejected even by the squishy establishment leadership of the House and Senate.

Now our friend Judson Phillips has raised another issue about Taylor’s conduct that we think bears further investigation.

In a recent op-ed for The Washington Times Phillips wrote:

That threat should alarm any sane person, particularly considering Mr. Taylor is a former Navy Seal and presumably has some experience blowing things up. At least one news source that reported this story asked Mr. Taylor’s office for a comment. None was provided though Mr. Taylor’s office later issued a statement denying he made those threats.

This story is disturbing, but there is a bigger question that should be asked. Where is the congressional investigation on this incident?

Calling an advocacy group and screaming obscenities at them is certainly beneath the dignity of a sitting U.S. congressman.

Many establishment Republicans were very interested in an investigation of Roy Moore because of events that occurred thirty or more years ago. How about an investigation of a very disturbing incident that occurred this month?

The purpose of an investigation is to determine what really happened.

The truth is Mr. Taylor made those threats, he did not make those threats or something in the middle is actually what happened. Only 435 Americans get to serve in Congress. A congressman who would call up an advocacy group and cuss them out because of a difference in policy is someone who should not be in Congress.

If Mr. Taylor really did make threats to blow up this group, he should be expelled from Congress.

Indeed.

There is one body that has been in the news recently that could take a look at Rep. Taylor’s behavior and begin the factfinding process – the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The House of Representatives is expressly authorized within the United States Constitution (Article I, Section 5, clause 2) to discipline or “punish” its own Members. This authority of the institution of the House to discipline a Member for “disorderly Behaviour” is in addition to any criminal or civil liability that a Member of the House may incur for particular misconduct, and is a device or procedure designed not so much as merely a punishment of the individual Member, but rather ultimately as a measure to protect the institutional integrity of the House of Representatives, its proceedings and its reputation.

In the House, the Committee on Ethics and the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) have responsibility regarding alleged ethical violations by House Members, officers, and employees.  The OCE is a non-partisan, independent entity established by the House in 2008 to conduct initial reviews of allegations of misconduct and, when warranted, refer matters to the Committee on Ethics, which has exclusive jurisdiction to find violations and impose punishment. The Committee on Ethics can also initiate its own investigation without a referral from OCE.

The House may generally discipline its Members for violations of statutory law, including crimes; for violations of internal congressional rules; or for any conduct which the House of Representatives finds has reflected discredit upon the institution. Thus, each House of Congress has disciplined its own Members for conduct which has not necessarily violated any specific rule or law, but which was found to breach its privileges, demonstrate contempt for the institution, or which was found to discredit the House or Senate.

We don’t know whether Taylor was calling from his office in Virginia or DC or from someplace else. If he was calling from Virginia, according to Code of Virginia § 18.2-427. Use of profane, threatening, or indecent language over public airways or by other methods is a Class 1 misdemeanor:

Any person who uses obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or makes any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threatens any illegal or immoral act with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, over any telephone or citizens band radio, in this Commonwealth, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

"Over any telephone" includes, for purposes of this section, any electronically transmitted communication producing a visual or electronic message that is received or transmitted by cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunications device.

It is also worth considering whether a threat to “blow up” the offices of NumbersUSA is a violation of the USA Patriot Act or 18 U.S. Code § 875 prohibitions against threats via interstate communications.

As Judson Phillips lamented in his op-ed, unfortunately for the Americans who expect serious investigations from Congress, a real investigation of Rep. Taylor’s threats and unbecoming behavior probably won’t happen.

Members of Congress have a habit of protecting their own, at least until the point it becomes a political liability said Phillips, and this story clearly has not gotten there yet.

But someone in authority needs to be asking the question, “What did you say, Congressman Taylor, and when did you say it?”

One way to get that process started would be for CHQ readers to contact the Office of Congressional Ethics via this link. Submit the information about Rep. Scott Taylor’s conduct via an email or phone call and demand an investigation. Please let us know the response you receive in the comments section below.

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Taylor disgraced the Navy

Taylor disgraced the Navy uniform he once wore. He should be censored and forced to resign from public office. We do not need these kind of people in Congress. Things are bad enough.