House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) had a field day easily dismissing Democratic attacks on proceedings with the new House subcommittee probing the weaponization of the federal government.
The Thursday opening day for the House panel drew much fireworks as Democrats tried to dismantle the credibility of Republican efforts to reveal government abuses of power. Joran was the focal point of the leftist crusade.
Rep. Daniel Goldman’s (D-NY) attempt to pin a falsehood onto the chairman dramatically fell flat. The Democrat stated, “You cannot find evidence of any direct government censorship of any lawful speech. And when I say lawful, I mean non-criminal speech.”
That absurd claim took no time to debunk as Jordan responded quickly. “I’ll give you one.” He then asked for unanimous consent to enter an email from Clark Humphrey into the record.
The note was from the White House office and dated Jan. 23, 2021. That, of course, is in the early days of the Biden administration.
The note read, “Hey, folks…just wanted to flag the below tweet. And I’m wondering if we can get moving on the process for having it removed ASAP.”
The information that the @Weaponization Subcommittee exposed in today’s hearing was searing.
Taxpayer funds are being used to try to shape the very nature of truth itself.
The government should not be trying to impair the constitutional rights of our citizens! pic.twitter.com/2zdpB1moTp
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 10, 2023
Humphrey added, “And then if we can keep an eye out for tweets that fall in this same genre, that would be great.” It was then that Jordan triumphantly noted, “The gentleman’s point was, (that) at no time did government try to tell Twitter to specifically remove something.”
The Democrat retreated to his comments being restricted to lawful speech, which begged for clarification of the tweet from Robert Kennedy Jr.
The specific posting, for the record, was on the death of baseball legend Hank Aaron after being vaccinated for COVID-19. Certainly a legal topic to question on Twitter or anywhere else.
Other Democrats cast aspersions on the process, especially the findings of the infamous “Twitter Files” releases. Independent journalist Matt Taibbi, who organized most of the documents, told committee members that a system developed that was “a form of digital McCarthyism.”
He cited the formal structure through which moderation “requests” poured in from every facet of government. These communications came from “the FBI, DHS, HHS, DOD, the Global Engagement Center at State, even the CIA.”
House Republicans are doing the nation an incredible service with their exposure of the censorious misdeeds of government leftists. It is high time that Democrats’ attempts to control discourse on social media be exposed to the public and ended for good.