Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., has released a detailed review of the social media accounts of Republican House members who voted to overturn the 2020 election results to analyze the role they may have played in incitement to deadly violence at the US Capitol on January 6.
“Like the former president [Donald] Trump, any elected member of Congress who has aided and abetted insurgency or incited attack has seriously threatened our Democratic government,” Lofgren wrote in the prologue to his 1,939-page “social media review.”
“They would have betrayed their oath of office and would be implicated in the same constitutional provision cited in the article of impeachment” against Trump following the Capitol riot, she continued.
The congresswoman, who was one of the House leaders during Trump’s first Senate impeachment trial last year, suggested that Congress could take action against those members.
This Constitution “prohibits anyone who has ever been sworn in as a member of Congress from supporting the Constitution but then engaged in insurrection or rebellion from serving in Congress,” she wrote, referring to a section of the 14th Amendment.
Lofgren chairs the House Administration Committee, which oversees security on the House side of the Capitol complex. The review of Republican members’ public posts was designed to show whether they followed Trump’s lead in making false claims about the 2020 election in ‘very public settings’ – and to raise questions about whether whether they should be disciplined for their conduct, she said. .
A total of 139 House Republicans opposed certification of election results in some states during the Jan. 6 Electoral College vote count, which was interrupted by a storming crowd of Trump supporters. Capitol. GOP members who had not posted about the election — about 20 — were not included in Lofgren’s review.
The report reviewed publications between Nov. 3, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021, “relevant to assessing the potential constitutional prerogatives and responsibilities of Congress, including actions under the 14th Amendment and/or House Rules,” she wrote.
The document lists members alphabetically by state and focuses on posts that cast doubt on the election results or implore people to “fight” for Trump.
Samples are meticulous. The section on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for example, features 17 posts before the riot, as well as four from Jan. 6 and four after the riot, including original tweets, published videos and retweets.
For other lawmakers, the review includes public statements as well as Facebook and Parler posts.
The most prodigious posters, unsurprisingly, were among Trump’s most outspoken allies, including Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, whose comments include references to then-President-elect Joe Biden as a “usurper” and extend to 176 pages.
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., comes in second in terms of post volume, taking up 123 pages of the journal.
On Friday, another California Democrat, Rep. Eric Swalwell, filed a lawsuit against Brooks, Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and the former president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, alleging they violated federal civil rights and laws local on the incentive. All spoke at a rally near the White House on Jan. 6 before crowd members marched to the Capitol.
The lawsuit said the ensuing violence on Capitol Hill was “a direct and foreseeable consequence of the defendants’ false and inflammatory allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the defendants’ express calls for violence.”
Next week, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties is scheduled to hold a hearing on the constitutional framework of lawmakers’ ability to uphold standards of member conduct. Lofgren’s review could become a priority.