Rep. Austin ScottJames (Austin) Austin ScottHouse Republican takes part in hearing while driving car Overnight Defense: Tim Kaine moves to claw back war powers authority | Study on sexual harassment and assault in the military Commissioners tasked with scrubbing Confederate base names sworn-in at first meeting MORE (R-Ga.) participated in a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing while driving a car on Tuesday.

The Georgia Republican appeared on camera driving his vehicle during the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations hearing on special operations and disinformation campaigns. 

During his appearance, which lasted less than three minutes, Scott appeared to be the first lawmaker to ask a question to a witness while driving, with an inquiry about disinformation that was answered by acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Christopher Maier. 


“Are we discussing with our soldiers the potential for the use of disinformation, misinformation through social media to create bias in the ranks or dissent in the ranks of the military?” Scott asked. “Do you know if we’re actually having discussions with our troops on that?”

Maier responded, “Absolutely,” noting that Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot MORE is looking into the links between extremism and disinformation on social media.  

“We look to as much as possible make them resilient against what we know are concerted efforts to attempt to divide and in some cases drive them to extremism,” Maier said.

“I think we need to expand beyond the scope of the military as fast as we can in advising the American citizens what is happening with the ability of outside influences that do not like our country to influence our attitudes towards each other in this country and how damaging it is to us,” Scott responded before yielding his time.

Several lawmakers have dialed into hearings, markups and press briefings while on the road as passengers in recent months. 

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingDC statehood bill picks up Senate holdout Senate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill Senate descends into hours-long fight over elections bill MORE (I-Maine) has phoned into hearings from his car as a passenger, including the confirmation hearing for Austin, during which the senator asked the incoming secretary questions. 

Last month, Rep. Lloyd DoggettLloyd Alton DoggettBattle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers Overnight Health Care: Biden sets goal of at least one shot to 70 percent of adults by July 4 | White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states MORE (D-Texas) mistakenly sided with Republicans and voted against the COVID-19 relief package during a House Budget Committee markup as he was getting off a plane, one of his aides said.