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Democrats omit ‘so help you God’ from oath




A Democratic congresswoman from Colorado chose to omit “God” when administering the oath to witnesses during a hearing on the Trump administration’s family separation policy.

Rep. Diana DeGette, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, asked witnesses on Thursday to raise their right hands to be sworn in. She left out “so help you God” when she asked, “Do you swear that the testimony that you’re about to give is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” as reported by cnsnews.com.

Immediately after, Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., pointed out, “Madam Chairman, I believe the oath was incorrect and incomplete.”

DeGette responded, “This is the … oath we use and this is the oath we’re going to use today.”

The omission comes a week after another Democrat-controlled committee — the House Committee on Natural Resources — was considering a proposal to remove the phrase “so help you God” from its oath. 



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