Republicans Target Who With New Subpoena?

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( – On Friday the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), noted in a statement that they had subpoenaed officials from three federal agencies. The subpoenas are probing into the federal government’s role in pushing for Big Tech platforms to censor specific narratives and limit freedom of speech.

The following officials had been subpoenaed for documents and communications relating to the probe: Rochelle Walensky, the CDC Director from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Jen Easterly, the CISA Director from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) which is housed in the Department of Homeland Security, and James Rubin, the GEC Special Envoy and Coordinator from the State Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC).

The release further alleges that the committees had previously been asked to voluntarily cooperate with the investigation in March. However, following those requests none of the agencies cooperated by providing the material requested. Republicans have long claimed that the federal government and Big Tech companies have attempted to use social media to censor conservative viewpoints.

The Twitter Files, which include a series of Twitter posts that included evidence from Twitter’s actions to censor certain stories and narratives were shared online after the company came into the hands of now-CEO Elon Musk. Republicans have widely pointed to these revelations as further evidence that the federal government had attempted to censor certain stories and narratives.

In Friday’s release, it is noted that the Twitter Files along with other recently released documents clearly show that the federal government had pushed Big Tech to censor certain material, harming First Amendment rights.

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