Last Updated on March 8, 2023
The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and the select subcommittee on the weaponization of the federal government released an interim staff report on Tuesday. The report highlighted the Biden Administration’s attempts “to harass Elon Musk’s Twitter.”
Tuesday’s report started with bombshell allegations:. “The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is orchestrating an aggressive campaign to harass Twitter and deluge it with demands about its personnel decisions in each of the company’s departments, every internal communication relating to Elon Musk, and even Twitter’s interactions with journalists,” read the report.
Elon Musk and the one of the journalists who published the “Twitter Files” — a collection of internal documents and communications detailing the company’s censorship efforts took to Twitter following the report’s release to show their displeasure with the Biden Administration.
A shameful case of weaponization of a government agency for political purposes and suppression of the truth!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 7, 2023
Which journalists a company or its executives talks to is not remotely the government’s business. This is an insane overreach https://t.co/87JdDQ2s0P
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) March 7, 2023
The report also highlights that the Biden FTC demanded information from Twitter about why ex-FBI official Jim Baker was terminated from the company.
The released report also scolded the Biden FTC. “There is no logical reason, for example, why the FTC needs to know the identities of journalists engaging with Twitter. There is no logical reason why the FTC, on the basis of user privacy, needs to analyze all of Twitter’s personnel decisions. And there is no logical reason why the FTC needs every single internal Twitter communication about Elon Musk” the report read.
Following the report’s release, the Biden FTC told the Wall Street Journal, “conducting a rigorous investigation into Twitter’s compliance with a consent order that came into effect long before Mr. Musk purchased the company.”
The Twitter files shined light on Twitter’s censorship of Hunter Biden’s laptop and numerous other issues with the company, such as Twitter’s suspension of President Trump and Twitter’s close friendship with the FBI and other U.S. government agencies.
The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government’s next hearing will occur on March 9th at 10 am.