Harris sends letter to Twitter CEO doubling down on call to suspend Trump account

Harris sends letter to Twitter CEO doubling down on call to suspend Trump account
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDebate commission adding option to cut candidates' mics: report Debates panel says changes under consideration 'to ensure a more orderly discussion' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Country reacts to debate night of mudslinging MORE (D-Calif.) is escalating her effort to suspend President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse Privacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus MORE’s Twitter account.

The 2020 presidential candidate on Tuesday sent a formal letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey calling for him to take action on the issue, arguing that the president's Twitter feed has been used to "target, harass, and attempt to out the whistleblower" responsible for a complaint regarding Trump's interactions with Ukraine. 

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The letter points to a series of posts from Trump that Harris claims violates Twitter's community rules on targeted harassment. The California senator highlights tweets in which Trump suggested the whistleblower was a "spy" and demanded a meeting with the unidentified figure. 

"Trump also published the following tweet suggesting that violence could be incited should Congress issue formal articles of impeachment against him," Harris wrote, before citing a tweet Trump promoted that warned that a successful impeachment of him would lead to "a Civil War like fracture" in the U.S. 

In addition, Harris takes strong issue with Trump's descriptions of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: House panel says Intelligence Community not equipped to address Chinese threats | House approves bill to send cyber resources to state, local governments House panel says US intelligence community not equipped to address evolving Chinese threats Trump official releases unverified Russian intel on Clinton previously rejected by Senate panel MORE (D-Calif.). Among other things, Trump has suggested that Schiff be arrested for treason for exaggerating portions of his phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

"These are blatant threats," Harris wrote. "We need a civil society, not a civil war. These tweets represent a clear intent to baselessly discredit the whistleblower and officials in our government who are following the proper channels to report allegations of presidential impropriety."

An official from Twitter told The Hill that the company received the letter and intends to respond.

Harris has been increasingly outspoken in her call for Twitter to suspend Trump's account in recent days. Her advocacy for the punishment comes as the president faces mounting scrutiny over a whistleblower complaint that accuses him of a broad effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenPrivacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus Trump crowd chants 'lock her up' about Omar as president warns of refugees in Minnesota MORE and his son. 

The revelations led Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse On The Money: 'One more serious try' on COVID relief yields progress but no deal | Trump tax bombshell shines light on IRS enforcement | Senate passes bill to avert shutdown hours before deadline 'One more serious try' on COVID-19 relief yields progress but no deal MORE (D-Calif.) to announce a formal impeachment inquiry. After Trump derided the inquiry as a "coup" on Tuesday night, Harris tweeted, "Hey, @jack. Time to do something about this."

"We have to also agree that when the president of the United States speaks, her words are very powerful, and should be used in a way that is not about belittling, much less harming anyone. And this president has I think never fully appreciated that responsibility," Harris said on CNN on Monday. 

"If he’s not going to exercise self restraint, then perhaps there should be other mechanisms in place to make sure his words don’t harm anyone," she said.

Twitter announced in June that some tweets from political figures that violated its rules would remain on the platform if they were considered to be in the public's interest. The company said that tweets that fit this category would include a notice providing context and clarity regarding the post. 

None of Trump's tweets have been given this classification, CNN reported.