A House representative warns Twitter executives that they could face jail time

 February 9, 2023

Former Twitter executives were warned on Wednesday by House Rep. Clay Higgins that they could face arrest for interfering with the 2020 presidential election.

Former Twitter executives who appeared before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday were issued a stern warning by one representative, who threatened them with arrest, according to Fox News.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss how Twitter prevented the New York Post from sharing a report on Hunter Biden's laptop prior to the 2020 election.

In May 2021, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stated that blocking the Hunter Biden story was a "total mistake."

Nonetheless, during questioning, several members of the House Oversight Committee, including Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., pressed the representatives who appeared on Wednesday.

Lawmaker's Comments

Higgins told Twitter's former Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth, former Chief Legal Officer Vijaya Gadde, former Twitter deputy counsel James Baker, and former employee Anika Collier Navaroli that the FBI had the "Biden Crime Family" laptop for a year, knowing it was leaking and that the leaks would harm the Biden campaign.

A month before the 2020 election, Higgins accused the FBI of using its relationship with Twitter to suppress criminal evidence against Joe Biden.

"You, ladies and gentlemen, interfered with the United States of America 2020 presidential election, knowingly and willingly," Higgins said.

"That’s the bad news, it’s gonna get worse because this is the investigation part. Later comes the arrest part. Your attorneys are familiar with that," he added.

In response to Higgins' comments, the FBI issued a statement rejecting the characterization of an inappropriate relationship with Twitter.

FBI's Response

"The FBI does not instruct or direct any social media company to censor an account or remove information from their platform.

"In carrying out its law enforcement mission, the FBI receives voluntarily provided information from these companies, when the company believes there is a serious risk of death or serious physical injury," the FBI said in a statement obtained by Fox News correspondent David Spunt.

"In addition, the FBI also shares identified malign foreign influence information with these companies. The information we provide in these circumstances is specific to foreign actors — such as Russia, China, and Iran and their activities, we do not provide information based on content or narratives without attribution to a foreign actor," the statement continued.

"We may also alert social media companies about intentional attempts to post disinformation about voting times, places, or dates, which may be a federal crime. Private sector entities independently make decisions about what, if any, action they take on their platforms and for their customers in response to information we share," it went on.

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