Tlaib then accused Porter of being involved in a “conspiracy” because she winked at one of the Republican members of the subcommittee.
“Okay, why were you winking at one of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle? You winked,” Tlaib questioned.
“Because I know [Wisconsin Republican Rep.] Glenn Grothman,” Porter said. “He introduced me. He’s a friend of mine.”
Tlaib responded, “Oh, I understand. I didn’t know what the winking was. I thought maybe there was like a conspiracy thing going on. I didn’t know.”
Porter, seemingly bemused by the interaction, shot back, “You think there’s a conspiracy in this hearing, ma’am?”
Tlaib became angry with Porter’s response, then accused the witness of lying about quitting smoking with the use of vapes, declaring, “you’re still smoking!”
“I’m not smoking and I’m not lying under oath,” Porter replied incredulously.