Republican Rep. James Comer, of Kentucky, demands that funding for the FBI come to a complete halt after the ‘Twitter Files’ exposed the FBI for allegedly working with the social media giant to censor the story about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
WATCH COMER SPEAK ON VIDEO:
Comer was speaking with Maria Bartiromo when he expressed his feelings towards the FBI and the release of the ‘Twitter Files’ that spoke about Hunter Biden’s laptop, the connections with the FBI, censorship, and many other interesting topics. Mediaite provided a transcript of the conversation between Bartiromo and Comer, and the most interesting part is below:
Maria Bartiromo: Congressman, it’s good to see you this morning. Thanks very much for being here. I know you have a lot of important work that you are focused on. What does this latest tranche of the Twitter exposé mean to you?
James Comer: Well, it means a lot more evidence of wrongdoing. You know, in the beginning, I thought that there were probably two or three rogue employees who were orchestrating this cover-up of the Hunter Biden laptop story. But now we know the FBI had a division of at least 80 agents. We also know that the FBI paid Twitter over $3 million for their time, all the time they took over the past couple of years in telling them who to suppress, who to ban. You know, it’s just things that the government has no role in. The FBI was never granted the authority to create any type of disinformation task force that policed the social media sites.
Now, this we know with Twitter, we’ve heard similar stories from Zuckerberg. Who knows what went on at YouTube and Google? This is an agency that’s out of control. And the most frustrating thing for me right now, Maria, is the fact that in this omnibus bill, there’s increased funding for the FBI, plus a $1.75 billion headquarters facility for the FBI. We need to halt everything with the FBI, all funding, until they come forward and explain to Congress exactly what they were doing, why they were doing it, and who gave them the authority to do it.
Maria Bartiromo: That is just extraordinary that there is all of that money earmarked for the FBI despite all of this wrongdoing and evidence of collusion. I don’t know why your colleagues in the Senate are going along with this omnibus bill weakening you right before you take the gavel.
James Comer: Mm hmm. It does. I mean, the one thing that we had the ability to do is. Is stop the spending. Stop the spending and, you know, we need an FBI. We really do. But this FBI is out of control. It’s doing things that Congress never granted the authority to do.
In no way, shape, or form should the government be in the business of censoring free speech, whether that be liberal speech or conservative speech. That’s just something the government shouldn’t do. But to dedicate a whole task force of at least 80 employees do nothing but communicate with social media sites and telling them what stories to suppress, who to ban. It’s just wrong. It’s a it’s a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars. It’s a violation of the Constitution. And to think that as we speak, the Senate sitting here giving them more money for the next 12 months, tying our hands and our ability to get the FBI in front of the committee.
You know, one way we could get the FBI in front of the committee really quickly is say, we’re not giving you a penny until you all come down here and explain to us what this task force was. Why you told Twitter to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story when you knew darn well it was true. And the Senate is counter to everything that we’re trying to do in the House from an oversight standpoint right now, especially with respect to the FBI.
It remains very unclear what will come of the ‘Twitter Files’ that came about ever since Elon Musk took over and gave journalist Matt Taibbi the go-ahead to drop the notes about what was allegedly happening behind the scenes before Elon bought the platform.
Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey got involved too, suggesting that Elon Musk should make everything available to the public. This is a move that Elon Musk could do to build transparency and trust back into social media.
After Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, who oversaw the massive Hunter Biden laptop censorship scandal, called for the Twitter censorship files to be made fully public, the new CEO, Elon Musk, assured Americans that “[e]verything we find will be released.”
Musk made an announcement on December 3, saying: “Looks like we will need another day or so” to release “Twitter Files” Episode 2.” Dorsey responded to his tweet on December 7, saying: “If the goal is transparency to build trust, why not just release everything without filter and let people judge for themselves? Including all discussions around current and future actions? Make everything public now.”
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