House Republicans plan to make Wray, Garland testify in light of ‘Twitter Files’

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) just revealed that House Republicans, with their new majority, will be looking to have FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland testify about the government’s relationship with social media platforms such as Twitter. 

This comes after the most recent “Twitter Files” release, which focused on the relationship between Twitter’s former management and the FBI.

Background

According to Matt Taibbi, the Substack writer who reported the latest Twitter Files, the FBI and Twitter had a very close relationship.

“Twitter’s contact with the FBI was constant and pervasive, as if it were a subsidiary,” Taibbi wrote at one point. At another, he described the relationship as having a “unique one-big-happy-family vibe.”

Taibbi, in his reporting, details this relationship using several examples of how the FBI pushed Twitter to censor users. Taibbi also explained how the FBI used the 2016 Russia-Trump Collusion Hoax to justify the creation of the “social media-focused task force” that was behind this censorship.

The FBI has put out a statement, in response to these revelations, saying:

The FBI regularly engages with private sector entities to provide information specific to identified foreign malign influence actors’ subversive, undeclared, covert, or criminal activities. Private sector entities independently make decisions about what, if any, action they take on their platforms and for their customers after the FBI has notified them.

Taibbi, though, disputes this, writing:

That may be true, but we haven’t seen that in the documents to date. Instead, we’ve mostly seen requests for moderation involving low-follower accounts belonging to ordinary Americans – and Billy Baldwin.

“We have a plan”

McCarthy responded to this new information during an appearance Saturday on the Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends. 

There, McCarthy said:

We have a plan set for Christopher Wray to come in and answer to the American public, Merrick Garland to come in and make these answers, from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to Rep. [James] Comer (R-KY), we’ve got to get our work going on the very first day.

McCarthy was then asked whether there is something that he and House Republicans can do to actually hold the FBI accountable.

“Very much so,” McCarthy said.

“Their funding comes through us, their oversight comes through us,” he added.

That’s not all

McCarthy, during the interview, also raised questions about what other Big Tech platforms – such as Google and Facebook – may have been up to. And, he suggested the House Republicans may look into this as well.

McCarthy said:

We cannot delay. We [must] make sure that we can start on day one with the subpoenas and get the answers. We have to follow the truth to put in any safeguards [and] make sure that this can never happen again.

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