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Press Release Published: Dec 6, 2022

Comer Calls on Twitter Employees to Testify About Censorship of Hunter Biden Laptop Story

WASHINGTON—House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) today called on Twitter employees who were responsible for censoring the New York Post’s reporting about the Biden family’s influence peddling to testify before the House Oversight Committee next Congress. In letters to Vijaya Gadde, former Chief Legal Officer, Yoel Roth, former Global Head of Trust & Safety, and James Baker, Deputy General Counsel, Ranking Member Comer calls on them to make arrangements to testify at a public hearing.

“Committee on Oversight and Reform Republicans are investigating President Biden’s involvement in his family’s foreign business practices and international influence peddling schemes. You have been identified as a figure central to suppressing information regarding President Biden and his family prior to an American election. Therefore, Committee Republicans request your attendance at a public Committee hearing during the 118th Congress to assess Big Tech’s control of free discourse and information sharing,” wrote Ranking Member James Comer.

On October 14, 2020, the day the laptop story was published, Twitter took steps to severely limit users’ ability to share reporting by the New York Post that challenged Joe Biden’s assertion he had never participated in his family’s history of using his public office for financial gain. Media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, and CBS now acknowledge that the information on Hunter Biden’s laptop is authentic.

Twitter CEO Elon Musk recently claimed that Twitter ‘has interfered in elections.’ The American people deserve to know why Twitter took down the Hunter Biden laptop story even when your colleagues were questioning the rationale for suppressing the story. Your testimony will provide the Committee critical context regarding the Twitter censorship team’s decision to prohibit users from sharing information about a presidential candidate,” continued Ranking Member Comer.

Read the letters here: