The fallout led Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take the extraordinary step of ordering Bush’s office to be moved away from Greene, following a request from Bush, the latest signs of the growing tensions between the two parties in the aftermath of the deadly riot on Capitol Hill.
Greene spokesman Nick Dyer responded to Bush’s accusation in a statement to CNN by saying, “Rep. Bush is actually the instigator and it’s on tape. We’ll be releasing the video shortly.” Greene’s office tweeted a short video of the congresswoman talking into her phone and someone in the background yelling at her to put a mask on.
At specific issue is a confrontation from January 13 when Bush and her staff encountered Greene without a mask and talking into her phone in the tunnel between the Cannon Office Building and the Capitol, according to a description Bush provided to CNN.
The offices of both congresswomen are currently on the same floor of the Longworth office building, but not adjacent. where many members of the House have their offices located. The altercation did not happen in the hallway near the congresswomen’s offices.
“Imagine going to work with an armed hostile unstable colleague and not having much recourse,” Omar tweeted.
A Pelosi aide told CNN, “this room assignment change was by the direct order of the Speaker upon request from Bush.”
Offices for members are traditionally assigned through a room lottery system, which takes place in November of an election year, according to guidance put out by the Committee on House Administration.
A House aide noted that freshmen office selection is determined by lottery during the New Member Orientation program, which took place in November.
This story has been updated with additional developments Friday.
CNN’s Manu Raju and Ali Zaslav contributed to this report.
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