Republican lawmakers are poised to slap top Justice Department officials with subpoenas to see “heads roll” over Elon Musk’s “Twitter Files” revelations about the FBI’s efforts to suppress free speech on social media.
“With a new Republican majority next year, it’s not enough to just hold hearings, we need to hold people accountable,” US Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) tweeted Tuesday.
Mace’s statement marked a doubling-down on her earlier vow that “there will be subpoenas flying” after the GOP regains control of the House.
“I really want to know what government agents and agencies were censoring the free speech of Americans,” Mace, a member of the House Oversight Committee, said on Fox News‘ “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy.”
“I want to see heads roll. I want to see people fired for what they’ve done.”
On Monday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who’s seeking to become the next speaker, repeated his recent pledge that subpoenas would be issued against the 51 former US intelligence officials who signed a controversial, open letter that said The Post’s Oct. 14, 2020, scoop about Hunter Biden’s laptop “has the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”
“Who asked ’em to sign this letter? Do they still have [security] clearances?” McCarthy said during an appearance on Fox News‘ “Mornings with Maria.”
McCarthy declined to answer directly when host Maria Bartiromo asked if US Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray would also be slapped with subpoenas — but he all but predicted they would.
“Well, you’ve got to get to the very top because you’ve got to understand: What did they know?” he said. “Why did they allow this to go on? Did they know this was happening and continuing? Did they direct it? These are all questions that have to get asked.”
McCarthy also referenced the famed “Church Committee,” led by then-US Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho), which issued a 1976 report that found “intelligence excesses, at home and abroad” by the FBI, CIA and IRS that began under President Franklin Roosevelt and continued through the early 1970s.
“We’ve got to get to the very bottom and I think just subpoenas are starting but you’re almost going to have to have a Church-style investigation to reform the FBI,” he said. “The number of whistleblowers that have come forward, that have talked to us — this is going to be a much bigger situation than people realize.”
McCarthy’s comments followed the first six installments of the Twitter Files series, which is based on internal company records that Musk — who bought the social media company for $44 billion in October — recently turned over to three independent journalists to expose previous “free speech suppression” on its website.
Shortly after McCarthy’s interview, the seventh installment detailed how the FBI pressured Twitter to suppress The Post’s blockbuster story about Hunter Biden’s laptop by warning it could be part of a Russian “hack and leak” operation, despite knowing that concern was unfounded.
Neither the FBI nor the DOJ immediately returned requests for comment.
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