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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.

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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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Jan. 6 Select Committee Announces Plan to ‘Advance Contempt Proceedings’ Against Mark Meadows

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The January 6th Capital riot saga continues as a Democratic-led Select Committee has confirmed its plans to hold former President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows in criminal contempt. On Tuesday CNN obtained a letter that Mark Meadow’s attorney sent to the January 6 Committee formally announcing he would refuse to continue to cooperate with the probe.

“We agreed to provide thousands of pages of responsive documents and Mr. Meadows was willing to appear voluntarily, not under compulsion of the Select Committee’s subpoena to him, for a deposition to answer questions about non-privileged matters,” attorney George J. Terwilliger III stated in the letter.

“Now actions by the Select Committee have made such an appearance untenable…In short, we now have every indication from the information supplied to us last Friday — upon which Mr. Meadows could expect to be questioned — that the Select Committee has no intention of respecting boundaries concerning Executive Privilege,” Terwilliger added.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) wrote a letter dated December 7 announcing its retaliatory actions: “The Select Committee is left with no choice but to advance contempt proceedings and recommend that the body in which Mr. Meadows once served refer him for criminal prosecution.”

CNN reports on the timeline of correspondence between the Select Committee and Mr. Meadows:

Meadows was first subpoenaed by the committee on September 23. On November 12, Meadows failed to appear for a deposition, but on November 22, the committee gave Meadows another opportunity to begin cooperating with the committee by turning over documents and scheduling a new deposition, to which Meadows agreed. But, the day before the scheduled deposition, Meadows, via his lawyer, informed the committee he would not be appearing for the scheduled December 8 deposition and would cease cooperating with the committee.

Prior to Tuesday’s decision to cease cooperating with the committee, Meadows “had turned over approximately 6,000 pages worth of documents to the panel” reports CNN.

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