Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans on Thursday said they will hold a hearing Tuesday to compel Twitter’s chief executive to testify about censorship of The Post’s reporting on Ukraine- and China-related documents from an alleged Hunter Biden hard drive.
“This is election interference and we’re 19 days out from an election. It has no precedent in the history of democracy. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know what the hell is going on,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told reporters in a Senate office building hallway.
“Chairman Lindsey Graham and I have discussed this at length and the committee today will be noticing a markup on Tuesday to issue a subpoena to Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Friday.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who on Wednesday also requested a Federal Election Commission investigation, said “the most powerful monopolies in American history are attempting to control the news and interfere in a federal election.”
“This is not some random blog. This is the newspaper founded by Alexander Hamilton, for heaven’s sake. What’s really at stake here is a free press in this country and I have to say, this is really alarming,” Hawley said.
“No corporation should be able to determine the outcome of an election … I do believe in a free press and I think that it is absolutely unprecedented for monopolies that increasingly control the news in America to determine what will and will not be disseminated based on what a political campaign tells them.”
Republicans hold a majority on the Senate committee. It’s unclear what Democrats, in the minority, could do to potentially slow the plans.
“If the Democrats were to try to play procedural games to delay the subpoena until after the election, that would be obvious and transparently political,” Cruz said.
Graham (R-SC), stepping out into the hallway to discuss the urgent matter amid his Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, told reporters, “We’re going to finally have an accounting that’s long overdue. These social media platforms have a dominance in our lives. They’re newspapers, they’re TV stations, radio stations, they’re publishers.”
“You may be a Democrat, saying ‘I don’t want to hear the New York Post.’ It could be you tomorrow,” Graham warned. [ … ]