House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy has vowed to subpoena the 51 intel agents who signed a letter stating that the information on the Hunter Biden laptop was part of a “Russian information operation” to testify at a congressional hearing.
The intelligence agencies that swore that Russia interfered in the 2016 Election are the same intelligence agencies that swore that Hunter’s Laptop was Russian Disinformation; they’re also the same intelligence agencies that swore the 2020 Election was the most secure in history.
— Eric Matheny 🎙 (@EricMMatheny) December 3, 2022
McCarthy, who is expected to become the Speaker of the House when Republicans regain control of the chamber in January, made the pledge during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “One Nation” on Saturday.
The show’s host, Brian Kilmeade, began the discussion by citing the “Twitter Files” — Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s document dump that is slowly being released on the platform through various independent journalists, which shows internal chats and documents discussing censorship on the platform. The “Twitter Files” have also revealed collusion that took place between Twitter’s former executives and members of several federal agencies, as well as other government actors.
“We saw the revelations coming out of Twitter as Elon Musk is unmasking the corruption that existed there and the denials that they testified about,” Kilmeade said. “So, for you personally you have another move you want to make. Not only do we want to hear from the former executives of Twitter and the other entities, but you have something else you want to say.”
McCarthy responded by arguing against social media companies’ section 230 protections, which provide the companies with protection against liability for content posted by individuals who have an account on their platform. These companies are also allowed to ban whomever they want.
At a minimum, it’s bad faith. Section 230(c)(2)(A) protects “good faith” moderation.
How are these practices-banning accounts while subjectively acknowledging no policy violations-also not a breach of California’s duty of good faith and fair dealing?
— James R. Lawrence III (@jlawrencenc) December 9, 2022
“This is egregious what we are finding,” the California Republican said. “They should not have section 230 to start out with, but we also have to go further. What did Facebook and Google do as well because they became an arm of the Democratic Party and an arm of government.”
McCarthy went on to note that many of the intel agents who asserted that the Hunter Biden laptop story was Russian disinformation had a security clearance, so they likely knew that they were lying when they signed the letter — which is why he plans to have them testify.
“Those 51 intel agents that signed a letter that said the Hunter Biden information was all wrong — was Russia collusion — many of them have a security clearance,” he said. “We are going to bring them before the committee. I’m going to have them have a hearing. Why did they sign it? Why did they lie to the American public? A Clapper, a Brennan? Why did you use the reputation that America was able to give to you more information, but use it for a political purpose and lie to the American public?”