A hearing will be held by the Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans on Tuesday oblige Twitter’s CEO to bear witness to the censorship of The Post’s reporting on Ukraine and China-related documents from a hard drive which supposedly belongs to Hunter Biden.
“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,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said to the reporters.
“Chairman Lindsey Graham and I have discussed this at length and the committee today will be noticing a markup on Tuesday to issue a subpoena to Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Friday.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) also demanded a Federal Election Commission inquiry, and said “the most powerful monopolies in American history are attempting to control the news and interfere in a federal election.”
Claims of interfering in the elections
“This is not some random blog. This is the newspaper founded by Alexander Hamilton, for heaven’s sake. What’s really at stake here is a free press in this country and I have to say, this is really alarming,” Hawley added.
“No corporation should be able to determine the outcome of an election … I do believe in a free press and I think that it is absolutely unprecedented for monopolies that increasingly control the news in America to determine what will and will not be disseminated based on what a political campaign tells them.”
Republicans have a lion’s share in the Senate committee. It’s ambiguous as to what Democrats, in the lesser fraction, could do to possibly dawdle the plans.
“If the Democrats were to try to play procedural games to delay the subpoena until after the election, that would be obvious and transparently political,” Cruz said.
What was in The Post’s story?
The original censored story by The Post elaborated on an email that signified Hunter Biden familiarising his father, the then vice president, to an executive at Ukraine energy firm Burisma. Even after this, Joe Biden, who is now running for Presidency, claims that he never discussed his son’s “overseas business dealings” with him.
Users have been blocked from sharing that specific story from The Post on Twitter, which allegedly explains Hunter Biden’s quest of a China Business deal.
The company claims that the material might have been hacked, though they don’t have any evidence to corroborate the same.
How did the drive reach The Post?
New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani shared the heard drive with The Post. She is a personal attorney to Trump after he got it from a repairman at Delaware computer. The repairman claims that he went through the contents under an abandonment contract clause as Hunter Biden did not collect his broken laptop after 90 days.
People who back the restructuring of Section 230 believe that tech giants should lose defences if they publish content instead of remaining a neutral platform.
Twitter refuted to ay anything on the impending summon.