Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren quietly releases massive social media reporting tools on GOP colleagues who voted to overturn the election
Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren has quietly posted an almost 2,000-page report documenting social media reporting tools posts by her Republican colleagues who voted against certifying results of the presidential election on Epiphany . The information compiled isn’t secret, but the report is another sign of the deep distrust that has settled into the US Capitol within the weeks since the insurrection.
The report chronicles the social media activity of members on public forums immediately before the November election and right after the Epiphany riot. The report has been online for a week.
We reported earlier Thursday that federal investigators are examining records of communications between members of Congress and therefore the pro Trump mob that attacked the Capitol, because the investigation moves closer to exploring whether lawmakers wittingly or unwittingly helped the insurrectionists.
In a preamble to the report, Lofgren — the chair of the House Administration Committee — wrote that she had asked her staff to tug the relevant social media posts and compile them in an attempt to collect facts.
Had Members made similar public statements within the weeks and months before the January 6th attack. Statements which are readily available within the public arena could also be a part of any consideration of Congress’ constitutional prerogatives and responsibilities.
Lofgren continued, “Accordingly, I asked my staff to require a fast check out public social media posts of Members who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election.”
Tensions have risen within the capitol since the January attack. A House floor that when was deemed impenetrable has been surrounded by metal detectors, while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, has said that the enemy is within the House, referencing the rhetoric and behavior of some republican members of congress.
They would have betrayed their oath of office and would be implicated within the same constitutional provision cited within the Article of Impeachment, Lofgren wrote in her foreword to the report. That provision prohibits an individual 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.
The report features a set of social media posts and tweets that span dozens of pages from Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar where he urges supporters to hold the line, days before what would become the Capitol insurrection. In another social media post included within the report, Gosar wrote that sedition and treason for stealing votes is acceptable .
The Social media reporting tools also captures numerous tweets where Gosar invoked @ali on Twitter, which was formerly the account employed by Ali Alexander, a pacesetter of the “Stop the Steal” group, who said in several periscope livestream videos that he planned the rally that preceded the riot in conjunction with gosar and two other congressional republicans, mo brooks of alabama and andy biggs of arizona.
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