The report chronicles members’ activity on social media in public forums immediately before the November elections and just after the January 6 riots. The report has been online for a week.
In a preamble to the report, Lofgren, chair of the House of Representatives Administration Committee, wrote that she had asked her staff to pull relevant social media posts and compile them in an effort to gather data.
“Any appropriate disciplinary action is a matter not only of the Constitution and law, but also of fact,” the California Democrat wrote. “Many of former President Trump’s false statements were made in very public settings. Had members made similar public statements in the weeks and months leading up to the January 6 attack? Statements that are readily available in the public arena may be part of any consideration of Congress. ” constitutional prerogatives and responsibilities “.
Lofgren continued, “Consequently, I asked my staff to take a quick look at the public social media posts of members who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election.”
“Like former President Trump, any elected member of Congress who aided and instigated the insurrection or incited attack seriously threatened our democratic government. He would have betrayed his oath and would be implicated in the same constitutional provision cited in the impeachment article,” Lofgren wrote in the foreword to the report. “That provision prohibits anyone who has previously taken an oath as a member of Congress from supporting the Constitution, but who subsequently participated in an insurrection or rebellion from serving in Congress.”
The report features a collection of social media posts and tweets spanning dozens of pages from Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, urging his followers to “hold the line,” days before what would become the Capitol uprising. In another social media post included in the report, Gosar wrote that “sedition and betrayal for stealing votes are appropriate.”
CNN has reached out to Gosar’s office for comment.
CNN’s Annie Grayer contributed to this report.