May 27, 2021

Toomey to Twitter: Turn Over Biden Nominees’ Deleted Tweets

Incendiary Tweets Raise Serious Concerns Over Nominees’ Policy Views, Character, Temperament, and Fitness for Office

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today wrote to Twitter’s Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey requesting the deleted tweets of two of President Biden’s nominees for senior positions at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Mark Colón, nominee for HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, and Solomon Greene, nominee for HUD Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, may appear before the Senate Banking Committee as early as next month.

In the
letter, Ranking Member Toomey writes:

“The content of these tweets raise serious concerns about Mr. Colón’s and Mr. Greene’s policy views, as well as their character, temperament, and fitness for office . . . Because these recent, formerly public statements by Mr. Colón and Mr. Greene are likely to shed light on how they would carry out their duties at HUD, it is critical that Senators on the Committee quickly receive this deleted information from Twitter to allow us to fully evaluate these nominations to senior leadership positions in the federal government.”

Based on a review of Mr. Colón’s publicly available tweets, including archived, deleted tweets found on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, the nominee routinely used his Twitter accounts to mock and attack public officials, propagate baseless conspiracy theories, and exhibit other divisive and unprofessional behavior. For example, Mr. Colón called Republican Senators “traitors,” “clowns,” and other disparaging names, such as “Senator Snagglepuss,” “Senator Jellyfish,” and “Senator Shameless.” He referred to then-President Trump as “the Devil, only stupider and in human form,” in addition to routinely using profanity to describe the former president, and captioned a photo of President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Bill Barr, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as “The Wu Tang (Ku Klux) Klan,” insinuating they are white supremacists.

Mr. Greene was also a prolific Twitter user, routinely using his account to advance radical views, such as defunding the police. In since deleted tweets, he advocated “No More Money for the Police” and retweeted posts raising serious questions about his views on violent demonstrations.

To ensure the Committee has the opportunity to fully evaluate Mr. Colón’s and Mr. Greene’s nominations, Ranking Member Toomey requested the nominees’ deleted tweets by June 3, 2021.

here to read the full letter.