Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) called out the anti-free speech efforts of the FBI and President Joe Biden’s administration during a Thursday Congressional hearing.
The House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government held a hearing July 20 at which two targets of government censorship efforts, Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and journalist Emma-Jo Morris, testified. The White House pounced on Kennedy just “pointing out facts,” the representative insisted. Jordan described the Biden administration efforts to silence Kennedy and FBI censorship priming that triggered censorship of Morris, who in 2020 broke the Hunter Biden laptop scandal for the New York Post.
A mere 37 hours into the Biden administration’s term in office, Jan. 23, 2021, Jordan explained, the White House emailed Twitter: “‘Wanted to flag the below tweet, and I am wondering if we can get moving on the process for having it removed ASAP.’” The tweet referred to was from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., which said, “‘Hank Aaron’s tragic death is part of a wave of suspicious deaths among elderly closely following administration of the vaccine. He received the vaccine on Jan. 5 to inspire other black Americans to get the vaccine.’”
Jordan emphasized the tweet did not contain any false claims, despite the White House email subject line of “Flagging Hank Aaron Misinformation.” Jordan said, “Misinformation is when you don’t have the facts right, you’re saying things that are not true.” Jordan said Kennedy was just “pointing out facts, and yet the White House … 37 hours into the administration, they were trying to censor Mr. Kennedy. I find that interesting. The irony here of trying to censor the guy who’s [now] actually their Democrat primary opponent.”
Big Tech companies have already interfered in the 2024 presidential election and have censored Kennedy no fewer than 10 times between April and June 2023, according to MRC Free Speech America’s exclusive CensorTrack.org database.
The FBI was also involved in censoring the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, assisting then-candidate Joe Biden in the 2020 election, Jordan noted. MRC previously found that Big Tech censorship of the Hunter Biden scandal helped flip the 2020 election to Biden. Jordan stated that former Twitter executive Yoel Roth said in a sworn declaration that, “During weekly meetings, federal law enforcement agencies communicated that they expected hack-and-leak operations before the 2020 presidential election, likely in October … a hack-and-leak operation would involve Hunter Biden.”
What makes this censorship priming even more damning is that the FBI already had the Hunter Biden laptop. “It happens just like they predicted,” Jordan observed of the FBI. “They had the laptop for ten months before Ms. Morris’s story on October 14.”
The same day the New York Post story broke, “Twitter meets with the FBI, specifically the Foreign Influence Task Force at the FBI,” Jordan explained. “Later that same day … Facebook also meets with the FBI.” Then-task force head Laura Dehmlow responded to a Twitter question, “‘Is the laptop real?’” Dehmlow testified to Congress that an FBI agent responded to Twitter, “‘Yes, it is.’” That means Twitter knew the laptop was real before censoring the story. To Facebook, however, the FBI simply said, “no comment.”
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