Jan 6 Committee Claps Back After Anti-Trump GOPer Claims 'Commission is Dead Already' in Angry Twitter Rant
Despite widespread resistance from congressional Republicans, the House of Representatives established a select committee to investigate the deadly failed insurrection of January 6, when a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol, beating police officers, ransacking offices, and threatening the lives of any lawmaker they perceived as disloyal to Trump.
The committee recently issued a wave of subpoenas for Trump officials and "Stop the Steal" activists like Steve Bannon and Ali Alexander to further the investigation into the riot's origins. Bannon, as well as Trump's former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, have refused to comply.
In a Twitter thread on Friday, anti-Trump Republican and a founder of the Lincoln Project—Rick Wilson—expressed his frustration with the committee, claiming it was "dead already" and that the January 6 riots would "go unexamined and unpunished."
1/ I have some bad news. After multiple calls I have some extremely grim news. As of now 1/6 commission is dead al… https://t.co/ApRFR7cTMw— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson) 1633708212.0
A "livid" Wilson went on to say the committee was "staffed wrong, led wrong, and a gutless exercise to get back to talking about infrastructure." He warned that the insurrection was just a training exercise for something bigger, and that "a mob of Bannon's terrorists burn you to the ground and piss on the ashes."
Soon, the official Twitter account for the January 6 committee issued a blunt response to Wilson's claim.
This is all nonsense⬇️⬇️⬇️ https://t.co/dtWCRJhgGF— January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1633717577.0
The account didn't elaborate on why Wilson's claims were "nonsense," and he urged them to prove him wrong.
Prove me wrong and I'll be DELIGHTED. https://t.co/BiWBufXqoA— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson) 1633717747.0
I want NOTHING more than for y'all to saddle up and star holding bad guys to account. Right now, the bad guys think… https://t.co/mFZH7mSa8B— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson) 1633717844.0
Please, please, please prove Rick wrong. You said you’d enforce subpoenas when the deadline ran out. It’s 2:30 pm o… https://t.co/B0coFArPKi— Reed Galen (@Reed Galen) 1633717827.0
I love @TheRickWilson, but I am fine if you prove him wrong on this one — in fact our country absolutely needs you… https://t.co/7aKAFi3s5m— Jennifer Harris (@Jennifer Harris) 1633718179.0
The USA had a FAILED COUP. We all saw it on TV. These people have to be held accountable. PERIOD!! https://t.co/tLE9AUO6MH— Dewayne Smith (@Dewayne Smith) 1633722098.0
Prove it. A violent mob tried to deprive tens of millions of citizens of our franchise rights. Why does congress… https://t.co/6neIUCVenS— SFDukie (@SFDukie) 1633720849.0
Thank goodness! Next step? PROVE IT. https://t.co/RBfTufHgLN— Brian Hjelle, virologist (@Brian Hjelle, virologist) 1633719369.0
In light of the collective defiance of the committee's subpoenas, the congressmembers released a statement saying they would "swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral" to those who don't show up to testify.
Some are saying they're moving too slowly.
So then enforce the subpoenas. Arrest Banon. https://t.co/zBF81IzhN7— Michael Paulauski (@Michael Paulauski) 1633719590.0
If this is all nonsense then please start arresting people for ignoring subpoenas! The time for talk is over. Actio… https://t.co/Y9s0qq3jzb— Ducks Can Resist Too 🌊💙🦆 (@Ducks Can Resist Too 🌊💙🦆) 1633720946.0
It's unclear how the committee intends to enforce the subpoenas.