Republican lawmakers say they have contacted Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk through backchannels to tell him they would love to have him testify before congress.
The incoming chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. James Comer (R-KY), told the New York Post that he reached out to Musk, telling him that his committee would love to have him testify before lawmakers. Comer’s committee is inviting Musk as part of a broader probe into President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
“I’m pretty confident he’s going to provide more information, but he is welcome to come before our committee,” Comer said. “We will roll out the red carpet for Elon Musk.”
Comer added that Musk’s recent release of the Twitter Files is a great service to the committee and the American people. The released files showed how Twitter executives have been shadowbanning conservatives. The files also showed how Twitter censored a legitimate Hunter Biden laptop story in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
Comer had previously sent a letter to Musk on Oct. 28 asking the billionaire to provide details regarding Twitter’s previous leaders’ decision to limit the information that may have affected the 2020 election.
Comer’s letter mentioned the censored New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop, which “showed a disturbing pattern of influence peddling and corruption among Biden family members and associates.” Comer, however, urged Musk to end the pattern of censoring certain news and views.
The top GOP lawmaker requested that Musk turn over all documents and communications between Twitter and Twitter employees related to the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Furthermore, Comer asked Musk to provide the committee with all documents and communications between Twitter and the FBI or any other law enforcement or intelligence agency regarding the story.
Finally, Comer asked Musk to turn over all documents and communications surrounding Twitter’s decision to censor the story. Comer stated that the committee hopes to get the documents no later than Nov. 11.
Comer, while speaking on Fox News, said his committee is interested in the government’s roles in banning conservative voices and the Hunter Biden laptop story.
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I am requesting former senior @Twitter employees Vijaya Gadde, Yoel Roth, & James Baker to appear before @GOPoversight in the 118th Congress.
These individuals were critical to Twitter's decision to censor legitimate facts ahead of an American election.@FoxNews pic.twitter.com/Y4psxrtWdk
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) December 6, 2022
Twitter’s former top leaders, including just-fired general counsel Jim Baker, along with ex-censorship honchos Vijaya Gadde and Yoel Roth, have all been invited to testify before the committee.