A Democrat lawmaker’s attempt to pin a conspiratorial tweet on one of the FBI whistleblowers testifying before the House Weaponization Committee Thursday did not go as planned.
Three FBI whistleblowers and a former Biden official testified before the House Weaponization Committee Thursday morning to discuss multiple abuses of power by Bureau leadership, including whistleblower retaliation, the purging of conservatives, security clearance suspensions, and the inflation of domestic terrorism statistics.
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) wanted to portray former FBI State Operations Specialist Marcus Allen as a right-wing extremist by exposing his Twitter activity. Unfortunately, the Twitter account she cited, was not his, but belonged to someone else named Marcus Allen.
“That is absolutely not my account,” Allen said, rendering her entire line of questioning irrelevant.
Despite this, Sanchez persisted. “On December 5, 2022, an account under the name Marcus Allen retweeted a tweet that said…” she began, before Allen interjected to say, “that is not my account ma’am.”
“It might be the football player,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.) cracked.
“Let me finish the question,” Sanchez insisted. The tweet in question, she said, stated “Nancy Pelosi staged January 6, retweet if you agree.”
“Do you agree with that statement?” The congresswoman asked the befuddled G-man.
“No ma’am, that’s not my account at all. I have no idea …”
Sanchez interrupted Allen to demand an answer to her question about whether he agreed with the unrelated person’s tweet. Allen indicated that he did not.
In a mocking tweet later Thursday, Gaetz produced a tweet from an avid Trump-supporter who shares the congresswoman’s name. “Congresswoman Linda Sanchez MUST answer for her tweet!” wrote Gaetz, linking to the tweet which read: “Donald Trump is the Greatest President of my lifetime!” by Linda Sanchez.
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez MUST answer for her tweet! https://t.co/fwVPbGFuVb
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 18, 2023