Sen. Hawley Formally Asks Twitter and Facebook CEOs to Testify Before Senate About Their Election Interference

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Thursday formally requested that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  appear before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism in an upcoming hearing titled “Digital Platforms and Election Interference.”

In letters to the two social media honchos, Sen. Hawley, the chairman of the subcommittee, said that they would be asked “to testify on potential violations of federal election law in their censorship of the New York Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden.”

The New York Post on Wednesday published a report detailing scandalous and potentially criminal evidence allegedly found on a hard drive from Hunter Biden’s computer.

One “smoking gun email” indicated that Hunter Biden had set up a meeting between his father, then Vice President Joe Biden, and a senior official at the notoriously corrupt Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings. The email contradicted Joe Biden’s repeated claims that he and his son, who at the time sat on the Board at Burisma, had never discussed Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings.

In another email, flagged by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Hunter Biden unintentionally revealed that members of the “Biden crime family” were in the habit of giving half of all their ill-gotten gains to “pop”—aka Joe Biden.

The emails and texts came from an Apple laptop that was dropped off at a computer repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware for repairs last year and then abandoned.

John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of the repair shop, took legal possession of the laptop after the person who dropped it off didn’t come back within 90 days to claim it. When Isaac discovered the explosive information on the computer, he said contacted the FBI, out of concern.  The FBI confiscated the laptop a few weeks later. After several months went by and he didn’t hear back from the FBI, Isaac said he contacted several members of Congress, who also did not respond. At that point, he provided a copy of the hard drive to Rudy Giuliani, who has been ringing alarm bells about “the Biden crime family’s” dirty overseas business dealings for the past two and a half years.

In the past 24 hours, Twitter has locked the accounts of the New York Post, White House Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany, and  the official twitter account for the Trump Campaign, among many others, for sharing information it deemed “harmful.”

Sen. Hawley on Fox News’ Ingraham Angle Wednesday night, said Twitter and Facebook’s censorship of the NY Post’s scoop “looks like an in-kind campaign contribution to the Biden campaign.”

“I want to know what contacts Facebook and Twitter and others had with the Biden Campaign when they decided to start censoring this NY Post story on behalf of the Bidens,” Hawley added. “This thing just stinks, it reeks, and this is going to pull the lid off, I think, on just the corruption surrounding Big Tech.”

Standing next to Chairman Graham and Sen. Cruz on Thursday, Hawley announced that in addition to his subcommittee, the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to subpoena Dorsey and Zuckerberg, as well.

“Last night, my Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism invited both Jack Dorsey and mark Zuckerberg to come and testify,” Hawley said. “I think a subpoena from the Judiciary Committee is absolutely appropriate and in order.

The senator said both Twitter and Facebook are massive monopolies that are engaging in censorship, and should answer to the Judiciary Committee, the full Senate and the American people.

“We believe in a free press in this country. We also believe in free elections, and the attempt to rig an election, which is what we’re seeing here by monopolies, is unprecedented in American history,” Hawley said. “They have a lot to answer for.”

 

The Missouri Senator also called on the Federal Election Commission to open an investigation in the matter.

On the Senate Floor, Thursday, Hawley urged the Senate to pass legislation he introduced in June that would empower Americans to sue Big Tech companies who act in bad faith and selectively censor political speech.

Update:

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced Thursday that the FCC will move forward with rulemaking to clarify the Meaning of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Conservatives want Section 230 repealed because it gives internet platforms like Facebook and Twitter wide latitude to remove content they deem “objectionable.”

 

 

About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

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