(Ken Silva, Headline USA) Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., must have thought she was laying the perfect trap for FBI whistleblower Marcus Allen during a House Weaponization Subcommittee hearing on Thursday.
Sanchez began her portion of the hearing by asking Allen—an FBI employee suspended after raising concerns about federal informants participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, protest—whether he believes that agents should be loyal the United States. Sanchez also asked Allen whether he thinks FBI agents should be expressing support for people who stormed the Capitol on J6.
Allen replied that, yes, he believes agents should be loyal, and no they shouldn’t be expressing support for criminal activity.
“You’re supposed to be apolitical,” Allen said. “You should not be voicing support for criminal conduct.”
Sanchez then sprung what she apparently thought was a “gotcha” moment. She asked Allen whether he operated the “Marcus Allen” Twitter account with the handle @MarcusA97050645, which has tweeted baseless conspiracy theories about Nancy Pelosi orchestrating J6.
However, “that is absolutely not my account,” Allen told Sanchez.
Despite this, Sanchez pressed on with her attack. She insisted that “an account under the name of Marcus Allen retweeted” another account that had proffered a Pelosi conspiracy theory.
Allen reiterated that it was not him.
“But do you agree with that statement?” Sanchez asked.
“No, ma’am,” Allen said.
At this point, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., interjected with a joke that perhaps the Twitter account quoted by Sanchez was owned by the former NFL star Marcus Allen.
Headline USA found the Twitter account referenced by Sanchez. It appears to be a bot.
Others on Twitter poked fun at Sanchez’s brainless blunder.
“Not sure if you heard @MarcusA97050645 but your Twitter account is now famous,” someone said.
“A purple hair is after you Marcus,” said someone else, referencing Sanchez’s dyed hair.
Sanchez’s gaffe was one of the few light-hearted moments of an otherwise heated and contentious hearing. Whistleblowers recounted how the FBI has deprived them of the ability to feed their families.
Before any other agents turn into whistleblowers, suspended agent Garrett O’Boyle encouraged them to pray about it.
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“I would advise them not to do it … The FBI will crush you. This government will crush you and your family if you try to expose the truth about things they are doing that are wrong,” he said. “We are all examples of that.”
Ken Silva is a staff writer at Headline USA. Follow him at twitter.com/jd_cashless.