A California Democrat congresswoman attempted to sink an FBI whistleblower by producing a random tweet with the same name, was enlightened that the account was someone else’s, then still insisted on linking the whistleblower with the wrong account, prompting a hilarious troll from Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
Rep. Linda Sanchez confronted whistleblower and former FBI agent Marcus Allen as part of the House Judiciary Select Subcommittee hearing on the weaponization of the Federal Government.
“Mr. Allen, have you ever used Twitter, yes or no?” Sanchez queried.
“I have utilized Twitter, yes, ma’am,” Allen replied.
“Okay. And is your account @MarcusA97050645?” Sanchez proceeded confidently, only to have Allen answer, “That is absolutely not my account, ma’am.”
“Okay, well, that’s not your account,” Sanchez said dismissively. “On December 5, 2022, an account under the name @Marcus Allen retweeted a tweet that said — ”
“That is not my account, ma’am,” Allen interjected.
“You haven’t let me finish the question, sir,” Sanchez blustered, then astonishingly still tried to link Allen to the wrong account. “You haven’t let me finish the question, and the time is mine. On December 5, 2022, an account under the name @Marcus Allen retweeted a tweet that said ‘Nancy Pelosi staged January 6. Retweet if you agree.’ Do you agree with that statement? Yes or no?”
“No. ma’am. That’s not my account at all,” Allen repeated.
WHISTLEBLOWER: Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA, They/Them) asks FBI whistleblower Marcus Allen to respond to random tweets about January 6th. pic.twitter.com/qBB81GuKqI
— @amuse (@amuse) May 18, 2023
Gaetz hilariously trolled Sanchez after the exchange, finding a woman on Twitter using the name Linda Sanchez who had tweeted, “Donald Trump is the greatest President of my lifetime!” Gaetz then tweeted, “Congresswoman Linda Sanchez MUST answer for her tweet!”
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez MUST answer for her tweet! https://t.co/fwVPbGFuVb
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 18, 2023
Allen, along with former FBI agent Stephen Friend, has claimed he was retaliated against for his actions regarding the FBI’s investigation of the events of January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol. Both men had their security clearances revoked this month.
FBI acting assistant director Christopher Dunham wrote to Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH), the head of the House Judiciary Committee, that Allen “failed to provide relevant information to an FBI Special Agent (SA) regarding subjects who were allegedly involved in criminal activity at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021,” The Washington Post reported. Dunham claimed Allen expressed “sympathy for persons or organizations that advocate, threaten or use force of violence … in an effort to prevent federal government personnel from performing their official duties.”
Allen reputedly sent an email that linked to a website stating that “federal law enforcement had some degree of infiltration among the crowds gathered at the Capitol,” The New York Times stated.