U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) railed at former Twitter executives on Wednesday in front of the House Oversight Committee, informing them that they face possible arrest and prosecution over the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story just before the 2020 presidential election.
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The House Oversight Committee is holding hearings to probe “Twitter’s role in suppressing the Biden laptop story.” Twitter reportedly censored news reports from outlets such as the New York Post concerning the laptop and its salacious contents showing Hunter Biden doing drugs, carousing with hookers, lewd images, and potentially engaging in corrupt business dealings.
Twitter squelched the story just before the 2020 election, citing concerns it was part of a Russian disinformation campaign which was not true. Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted in May 2021 that blocking the Hunter Biden story was a “total mistake.”
Four former Twitter executives were summoned to testify in front of the committee. Those executives included Vijaya Gadde, the social network’s former chief legal officer, former deputy general counsel James Baker, former head of safety and integrity Yoel Roth, and former safety leader Anika Collier Navaroli.
“Bottom line is that the FBI had the Biden crime family laptop for a year,” Higgins noted. “They knew it would hurt the Biden campaign. So, the FBI used its relationship with Twitter to suppress criminal evidence being revealed about Joe Biden one month before the 2020 elections.”
He then raised the specter of jail time for the former Twitter employees.
“You, ladies and gentlemen interfered with the United States of America 2020 presidential election, knowingly and willingly. That’s the bad news. It’s gonna get worse because this is the investigation part. Later comes the arrest part. Your attorneys are familiar with that,” Higgins bluntly informed the former executives of the social media platform.
“Mr. Chairman, I’d like to spend five hours with these ladies and gentlemen doing depositions, surely yet to come,” Higgins stated. “But for now, I yield the balance of my time to my colleague.”
It is not clear which statutes Higgins believes the former Twitter executives could be prosecuted under but it is clear that Republicans are going after them.
The FBI rejected the characterization of an inappropriate relationship with Twitter and issued a statement regarding Higgins’ comments in front of the committee.
“The FBI does not instruct or direct any social media company to censor an account or remove information from their platform. In carrying out its law enforcement mission, the FBI receives voluntarily provided information from these companies, when the company believes there is a serious risk of death or serious physical injury,” the FBI asserted in a statement that was obtained by Fox News correspondent David Spunt.
“In addition, the FBI also shares identified malign foreign influence information with these companies. The information we provide in these circumstances is specific to foreign actors — such as Russia, China, and Iran and their activities, we do not provide information based on content or narratives without attribution to a foreign actor. We may also alert social media companies about intentional attempts to post disinformation about voting times, places, or dates, which may be a federal crime. Private sector entities independently make decisions about what, if any, action they take on their platforms and for their customers in response to information we share,” the statement concluded.
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