Justice Department officials said the case and arrest of Dotcom and other employees was not timed to the debate over the SOPA and PIPA legislation. Friday morning Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., decided to pull the PIPA legislation from the Senate's Calendar but pledged to work on a more refined bill. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, also said he was scrapping the proposed SOPA legislation.
"The House Judiciary Committee will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution," Smith said.
Some members linked with Anonymous were planning today to target democratic members of Congress websites that were supporting the two bills in what they were calling OpDonkeyPunch.