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GOP lawmakers react to Facebook’s continued Trump ban with threats and warnings

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After Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld former President Trump’s suspension Wednesday morning, Republican members of Congress railed against the social media platform. The move to continue to ban Trump undoubtedly sets a precedent, but most GOP members agreed it’s not a good one.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) have experience peppering social media CEOs with questions. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in particular. Both congressmen are members of their prospective Judiciary Committees. Zuckerberg appeared in a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee as recently as last fall. Sen. Lee compared the move on Facebook’s part to George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Rep. Jordan instead simply joined voices with the Federal Trade Commission, other members of congress and tweeted: “Break them up.”

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) saw the precedent as widely applicable to all Facebook users. He warned that anybody could be next in a tweet.

Yet, others don’t see the ban as detrimental to Trump’s image. Jarome Bell, a Republican candidate for Virginia’s 2nd district in the House, postulated that Trump doesn’t need Facebook.

https://twitter.com/JaromeBellVA/status/1390004210868043776


Bell is likely referring to Trump’s new site, where he echoed Jordan’s threats. “These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process,” Trump wrote.

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Whistleblower: FBI manipulating cases to create ‘illusion’ of domestic violent extremism

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In a letter addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said a whistleblower has come forward detailing how the FBI is manipulating cases related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to create “the illusion” that domestic violent extremism is a widespread problem in the United States.

Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, claimed the “manipulative case-file practice” was being conducted by the bureau’s Washington field office, which was instructing local FBI offices to open up cases on their books that were in fact simply related to the Capitol breach.

“The  FBI’s case categorization creates the illusion that threats from DVE are present in jurisdictions across the nation, when in reality they all stem from the same related investigation concerning the actions at the Capitol on January 6,” Jordan wrote.

“Such an artificial case categorization scheme allows FBI leadership to misleadingly point to ‘significant’ increases in DVE threats nationwide,” he added.

Jordan noted this particular whistleblower is just one of many with similar information: “consistent with disclosures we have received from other whistleblowers that high-ranking FBI officials — including a senior WFO official — are pressing front-line agents to categorize cases as DVE matters to fit a political narrative.”

The letter also brought attention to the inappropriate amount of resources the department has devoted to the January 6 Capitol riots:

“The whistleblower disclosed that the FBI is sacrificing its other important federal law-enforcement duties to pursue January 6 investigations,” Jordan wrote. “The whistleblower recalled, for example, being told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies.

“Such a posture is not only a dereliction of the FBI’s mission to investigate violations of federal laws, but it is a grave disservice to the victims of child sexual abuse and other crimes that do not advance the FBI leadership’s political agenda.”

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