Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued an enormous 2,000-page report on Friday exposing thousands of social media posts by GOP lawmakers attacking the presidential election and spreading lies earlier than and after the lethal storming of the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump supporters looking for to overturn the outcomes.
Lofgren, chair of the House Administration Committee, indicated that the data may very well be used to oust — or criminally cost — lawmakers who illegally fomented riot in opposition to the very authorities they’ve taken a vow to serve.
The publicity of posts in Lofgren’s “Social Media Review” adopted a report last week in The Intercept that the FBI has already collected “thousands of phone and electronic records” of people that have been on the Capitol on Jan. 6. Investigators are targeting communications between members of Congress or their staffs, and the pro-Trump insurrectionists, CNN reported, looking for any indication of conspiracies to overthrow the federal government.
Lofgren’s report targets messages by Republican lawmakers who voted to problem the presidential election outcomes and who continued to hawk lies and conspiracy theories in regards to the November vote even after the Capitol riot, which FBI Director Christopher Wray has characterised as home terrorism.
Some of Trump’s staunchest supporters within the House posted greater than 100 messages every casting doubt on the presidential election leads to lower than three months, in accordance with the collected messages.
Messages posted by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), who was the keynote speaker at a white nationalist convention in Florida simply final week, took up 177 pages within the report. He peddled baseless claims that the election had been stolen and that officers who had been upholding the professional election have been committing “treason and sedition.”
Gosar had several interactions with “@Ali” on Twitter, the since-suspended username for Ali Alexander, one of many fundamental organizers of the “Stop the Steal” marketing campaign in addition to the rally on the Capitol on Jan. 6, in accordance with his printed posts.
Posts by incendiary QAnon supporter Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) took up 100 pages within the report.
“Like former President Trump, any elected Member of Congress who aided and abetted the insurrection or incited the attack seriously threatened our democratic government,” Lofgren wrote within the introduction to her report.
“They would have betrayed their oath of office and would be implicated in the same constitutional provision cited in the article of impeachment” in opposition to Trump following the Capitol riot, she famous.
“That provision prohibits any person who has previously taken an oath as a member of Congress to support the Constitution but subsequently engaged in insurrection or rebellion from serving in Congress,” Lofgren added.
The report by Lofgren’s workers is the primary publicly out there compilation of Facebook and Twitter posts from Nov. 3, 2020, to Jan. 31, 2021, by the 147 House Republicans who voted to problem state-certified Electoral College votes in an try and cease Joe Biden from taking workplace.
“Statements which are readily available in the public arena may be part of any consideration of Congress’ constitutional prerogatives and responsibilities,” Lofgren famous.
Lofgren’s complete report is available here.
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