Graham, Cruz demand to know ‘what the hell is going on’; will subpoena Twitter CEO to testify before Judiciary Committee

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Sens. Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Graham chairs, intends to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify before the committee on Oct. 23rd so they may learn “what the hell is going on.”

Speaking with the media, both senators attributed the development to the tech industry’s decision to suppress the bombshell story about Hunter Biden.

Speaking first, Cruz outlined what had happened in the past 24 hours.

“In the last two days, we’ve seen a remarkable development. We’ve seen big tech, we’ve seen Twitter and Facebook, actively interfering in this election in a way that has no precedent in the history of our country,” he said.

He then explained how Facebook and Twitter have been actively suppressing — and, in Twitter’s case, outright censoring — a bombshell story published by the New York Post “alleging serious corruption of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden concerning Ukraine.”

“The New York Post has the fourth-largest circulation of any newspaper in this country. Never before have we seen active censorship of a major press publication with serious allegations of corruption of one of the two candidates for president,” he added.

“This morning, the story escalated and got even worse. The New York Post broke a second story of a series of emails that indicate yet more corruption. In this instance, the Biden family received millions of dollars from Communist China government officials.”

And yet already another round of censorship has begun, the senator continued.

“Just minutes ago, I tried to share that story on Twitter, and Twitter is actively blocking — right now, this instant — stories from the New York Post alleging corruption and the Biden family receiving millions of dollars from Communist China,” he said.

This is election interference, and we’re 19 days out from an election. It has no precedent in the history of democracy. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know what the hell is going on.”

Listen to his and Graham’s remarks below:

The plan, Cruz added, is for the committee to formally file the subpoena next Tuesday and then have Dorsey testify to them that upcoming Friday.

Speaking next, Graham, the committee’s chair, admitted that he’s unsure whether the Post’s reporting is accurate but stressed that this is irrelevant. What matters is the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech and the right of a free press.

Moreover, he added, if allegations concerning Biden are to be censored, they why aren’t the thousands of debunked allegations against Trump also being censored?

“A lot of information — the Steele dossier — was all over the place. They never blocked that. All the allegations about Russian collusion and every other idea that Trump may have done something bad, nobody blocked that,” he noted.

The fact that only allegations against Biden are being targeted for censorship suggests, as noted by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro in a Twitter thread, that the Post is being targeted solely because it posts “stories [Democrats] don’t like.”

This, he concluded, is extremely “dangerous.”

Continuing his remarks at Thursday’s presser, Graham concurred with Shapiro’s assessment and warned Democrats that the same thing could one day happen to them.

You may be a Democrat saying I don’t want to hear the New York Post. It could be you tomorrow, so the point is that the power behind these platforms have been taken to a level that truly is dangerous, I think,” he said.

“Nobody in Twitter, in social media, shut down anything about Trump and Russia, so we’re going to proceed Tuesday. Hopefully, the Democrats on the committee will be as interested in this as we are, because it’s us today; it could be them tomorrow.”

But knowing Democrats and their embrace of anti-American radicalism, it seems unlikely Cruz and Graham will be able to secure any support from them.

For the time being, congressional Republicans have been trying to slyly bypass Twitter’s Orwellian behavior by republishing the Post’s story to their government websites:

Twitter initially tried blocking Republicans from pulling this clever move but eventually backed out, presumably out of fear that the hammer is coming for them.

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