Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) seems particularly worried about the FBI investigation of the Capitol insurrection, probably because he’s scared of being arrested for inciting it.
The extent of Hawley’s involvement in the attempted coup on January 6th has yet to be fully revealed. We know that Hawley appeared to encourage supporters of disgraced former President Donald Trump at a rally that day. He had vowed to vote to overturn the 2020 Election results and raised his fist in the air, further ginning up a crowd eager for violence.
Hawley would go on to cast that dubious vote even after the insurrection was thwarted and a Capitol police officer was killed. An ethics complaint has been filed against Hawley and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and the House is also investigating along with the FBI and the Justice Department.
You would think Hawley would have no problem with a thorough investigation to nail the perpetrators of this seditious crime against our nation, but Hawley is very concerned about a specific aspect of the FBI’s probe concerning cell phone data.
“Are you saying … you don’t know whether the bureau has scooped up geolocation data, metadata cellphone records from cellphone towers?” Hawley asked FBI Director Christopher Wray during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. “Do you not know, or are you saying maybe it has or maybe it hasn’t? Tell me what you know about this.”
Now, it’s not illegal for the FBI to use this data to identify and arrest the insurrectionists. In fact, those who made it inside the building had their data captured by the Capitol WiFi network. Wray, however, couldn’t say for sure if cell phone data was being used.
“We do use geolocation data under specific authorities and specific instances,” Wray said. “Because this is such a sprawling investigation, that would not surprise me.”
Again, it’s also not illegal. The FBI can use this data to find suspects. It’s actually common. If the attackers were Al-Qaeda or ISIS or a bunch of left-wingers, you can bet that Hawley would be screaming for the FBI to use cell phone data to identify, track, and arrest them. But since the insurrectionists are right-wing Trump supporters that he himself incited, he’s all of a sudden concerned about the use of such a tool. Perhaps he’s also worried because his phone data could put him in a very precarious legal situation as well.
After all, Wray not only confirmed that the insurrectionists are right-wingers, he pointed out that the FBI is “coming after” those who violated federal law by “motivating violence.”
“We don’t care whether it’s left, right, up, down, diagonal or any other way,” Wray declared. “If the ideology is motivating violence and violates federal law, we’re coming after it.”
Yeah, Hawley is clearly scared. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough certainly thinks so.
“Josh Hawley doesn’t want the FBI to use all the tools in the toolbox to figure out who the Trump terrorists were, to draw lines between the Trump terrorists and what Josh Hawley the seditionist said, to draw a line between the people beating cops with American flags and what Josh Hawley said,” Scarborough said on Wednesday morning. “The people racing through the Capitol screaming ‘hang Mike Pence’ and tracing those people down to figure out they too were inspired by Josh Hawley’s seditionist acts.”
“People who know Josh Hawley the best know that he was responsible for these terrorist acts,” Scarborough continued. “He was the ringleader along with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. So, yes, he’s not going to want the FBI to aggressively investigate his crime scene [but] that’s what they’re going to do.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
The FBI should definitely check into Hawley’s phone calls, texts, and other data. He’s protesting too much, and that should serve as a big tip that he may be more involved with the insurrectionists beyond merely inciting them.
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