Two months after the riot at the Capitol, Democrats are still pushing to hold Republicans in Congress as responsible for the chaos. In a report by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the congresswoman accused Republican House members of betraying their oath of office and released hundreds of their social media posts.
GOP House members are not only disputing the report’s claims, they’re also accusing Lofgren of violating House rules, according to the Daily Caller.
Lofgren released the 1,939-page “social media review” which listed the social media posts from House members who voted to object to the electoral certification of the 2020 presidential election, NBC News reported.
Blame Republicans for Capitol riot
Lofgren, who chairs the Committee on House Administration, alleged that “[l]ike former President Trump, any elected Member of Congress who aided and abetted the insurrection or incited the attack seriously threatened our democratic government.”
“They would have betrayed their oath of office and would be implicated in the same constitutional provision cited in the Article of Impeachment,” she alleged in the report.
Lofgren continued: “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.”
According to The Daily Caller, the report contains Facebook, Parler and Twitter posts from over 100 House Republicans in the time between Nov. 3, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021.
Republicans: Lofgren acted improperly
Three Republican members of the House Administration Committee have replied with a statement of their own, the Daily Caller reported.
In a letter to Lofgren, Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) and Bryan Steil (R-WI) said that her allegations against them are wrong and questioned the propriety of her report.
The congressmen specifically expressed concerns that Lofgren used funds from her Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA) to conduct the investigation.
“As the Chairperson of the Committee which is responsible for overseeing the rules governing the use of the MRA, you more than anyone should know that the handbook is clear when it states ‘the MRA may only be used for official and representational expenses,'” the lawmakers wrote.
“Using your personal office resources to investigate other Members of Congress cannot be considered to be related to your representational duties to your district,” the letter stated.