Rep. Kevin McCarthy on Sunday called for an investigation into other big tech companies like Facebook and Google after the damning revelations about how top executives at Twitter censored the Post’s 2020 wearable exposé of Hunter Biden.
McCarthy – who is running to become speaker of the House of Representatives when Republicans take control of the lower house in January – also said the security clearances of intelligence officials should be removed if they use their positions to influence policy.
“Now we have to start looking at Facebook, Google. These have now become the weapons of the Democratic Party, the weapons of the Biden administration,” the California Republican said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“But they also used the intelligence community to lie to the American public. Should these people keep their permits? Should these people still be allowed to have information? If they are politicians, then no, they shouldn’t. And this is only the tip of the iceberg of what we will study in the future,” he continued.
Former CIA Director John Brennan and former National Security Council Director James Clapper were among a group of former intelligence officials who signed a statement days after the Post’s explosive October 2020 report, saying it “has all the classic characteristic of a Russian information operation.”
Elon Musk released details Friday through reporter Matt Taibbi about Twitter’s internal deliberations about how a small group of executives “took extraordinary steps to suppress” the Post’s reporting.
McCarthy said all Musk had done since buying Twitter for $44 billion in October was to “tell the truth.”
They kept their deliberations secret from then-CEO Jack Dorsey and concluded without evidence that the reports may have included “pirated material”.
The Twitter censorship occurred just weeks before the 2020 election, when Hunter Biden’s father, Joe Biden, ran against then-President Donald Trump, the House minority leader noted.
“Ninety-five percent of all searches go through Google. Twitter, hold back a newspaper article and say you can’t. Then a community of Intel comes out and says it’s a lie. Adam Schiff, president of [House Intelligence Committee] says that’s not true for Wolf Blitzer,” McCarthy said.
“Not only did they use the weapons of the government, but they had taken over companies to lie to the American public. This is just the beginning. And so we have to be ready to go on January 3rd. All of this will be delayed,” he said.