Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told the Select Subcommittee of the Weaponization of the Federal Government the FBI’s response to Twitter was “no further comment” when asked if Hunter Biden’s laptop was real.
The Select Subcommittee met Thursday for a hearing on the alleged censorship from Big Tech firms and the Biden Administration. Emma-Jo Morris, former editor at the New York Post, testified in the hearing. The committee discussed the removal of her October 2020 story on Hunter Biden’s laptop from Twitter.
The FBI met with social media Big Tech companies ahead of the 2020 presidential election to combat alleged “misinformation.” During one of the meetings, Twitter employees asked about whether or not the laptop was real. FBI officials said “yes it is” and quickly followed up with “no further comment” according to Select Chief of the Federal Influence Task Force (FITF), Laura Dehmlow, who testified before the Select Subcommittee behind closed doors. (RELATED: IRS Whistleblower Shuts Down Rep. Ro Khanna’s Questions About Leaks From Hunter Biden Investigation)
“Twitter asked the FBI, they’re right there in front of them, they’ve been prepping them for a year, ‘is the laptop real?’ Ms. Dehmlow conveyed to the Committee this week an FBI agent answered ‘yes it is.’ Another FBI agent, a lawyer, quickly followed up with ‘no further comment,” Jordan said during the Hearing on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.
.@EmmaJoNYC broke the Hunter Biden laptop story with the New York Post.
It’s arguably the most censored story ever.
Watch her opening statement at today’s hearing examining Big Government and Big Tech’s attacks on the First Amendment ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/uQkjFty2jC
— Weaponization Committee (@Weaponization) July 20, 2023
Jordan also pointed out the FBI’s knowledge of the laptop in his opening statement. Jordan claimed the FBI “had the laptop for 10 months before Ms. Morris’ story on October 14th. Her story breaks that day. That same day, October 14th, 2020, Twitter meets with the FBI, specifically the Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF) at the FBI. Later that same day, again the day her story comes out, Facebook also meets with the FBI.”
IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley testified in front of the House Oversight Committee Wednesday on the FBI’s knowledge of Hunter Biden’s laptop back in 2019. Although officials knew the recovered laptop belonged to Hunter Biden, Twitter banned the story after interaction with federal investigators. It cited the company’s hacked materials policy, despite no evidence showing that it was hacked.