(CNSNews.com) – In a sit-down interview with PBS on Wednesday, President Joe Biden brushed off the Republican investigation into his family’s alleged influence peddling, suggesting the public isn’t interested.
PBS’s Judy Woodruff noted that Republicans “talk about access others have gotten because of you, because of your political success. How do you plan to deal with that?”
“The public’s not going to pay attention to that,” Biden said. “They want these guys to do something. If the only thing they can do is make up things about my family, it’s not going to go very far.”
As Biden spoke in Wisconsin, the House Oversight and Accountability Committee back in Washington was questioning former Twitter executives about their censorship of a New York Post report regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop in the days leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
Although the Post had documents — one from the FBI — to back up the fact that the abandoned laptop belonged to Hunter, Twitter removed the story and blocked the New York Post’s account for two weeks.
“Throughout his presidential campaign, Joe Biden assured the American people that he had never spoken to his son about his overseas visits,” Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) said. “However, the details exposed in the Post article indicate that Joe Biden lied to the American people.”
Comer noted that the former Twitter officials sitting before him were “entrusted with the highest level of power at Twitter, but when you were faced with the New York Post story, instead of allowing people to judge the information for themselves, you rushed to find a reason why the American people shouldn’t see it.
“In a matter of hours, you were deciding on the truth of a story that spans years and dozens of complex international transactions. You did this because you were terrified of Joe Biden not winning the election in 2020. That’s what it appeared.
“I can assure you this committee will succeed in holding the Bidens accountable. So much of the evidence of wrongdoing from this family is located in that hard drive that you-all led the American people to believe was Russian disinformation, when, in fact, it was not.”
Comer said his biggest concern is “the level of involvement the FBI had, with not just Twitter, but with all of our social media platform companies.”
“The government doesn’t have any role in suppressing speech,” Comer added. He said both the committee and the media should also be concerned about that.
FBI ‘primed and prepped’ receptive Twitter officials
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a member of the Oversight Committee, told the Twitter executives he believes they were “played” by the FBI.
Later, appearing on Fox News, Jordan said he believes Twitter blocked the New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop “because the FBI and the government had primed and prepped them.”
“For weeks, they met with them, saying, oh, expect a hack-and-leak operation coming, expect that. We think it’s coming. They set them all up with weekly meetings, e-mails, communications on the super-secret teleporter app they use. And when there was this story, they were primed to take it down, even though there was no reason to do so.
“And so I think what we see here is what Professor Turley said, you have censorship by surrogate — the pressure from the government. They didn’t have to explicitly say anything, they knew they had a receptive audience and 99 percent of them are Democrat. They all don’t like Trump. They had a receptive audience, and they prepped them for that moment, and it worked, it looks like.
“So I don’t know that we learned a whole lot new here other than this pressure coming from the government to private companies to take down accounts, simply because they don’t like them.”
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