The Republican set to take over a top House investigating committee has already identified two top Twitter executives he wants to appear before his panel in the days after the GOP takes control of the House.
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), said Monday he wants James Baker, a former top FBI lawyer who took a role at Twitter, to testify in a probe that is already making use of public disclosures by new Twitter boss Elon Musk
He also intends to call Vijaya Gadde, one of the first executives Musk fired after his $44 billion takeover of the company went through.
‘Absolutely, Baker and [former Twitter executive] Vijaya Gadde are probably the two most high-profile Twitter employees that we want to hear from,’ Comer told Fox & Friends on Monday.
Then he linked the executives to Twitter’s move to suppress a New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop weeks before Election Day in 2020 – and mentioned they could have a ‘lot of problems.’
House Oversight Committee ranking member Rep. James Comer said the panel will call top Twitter executives after Republicans assume control of the House. ‘This was a cover-up at the highest levels of the government to protect Joe Biden,’ he said, pointing to a report on FBI meetings with Twitter execs to warn about potential hacking operations
‘My advice to them is, prior to coming before the Oversight Committee in January or February, as quick as we can get them in front of the Oversight Committee, is they need to look very hard to try to find evidence as to why they suppressed this story,’ he said.
‘If they can’t find evidence from a government entity like the FBI saying to in fact suppress this story then my next bit of advice for them would be to contact their errors and omissions insurance company, because they’re going to have a lot of problems moving forward. Because this was a such an important story and the fact that they suppressed it when we now know it was very true and very damaging to the Biden campaign is very concerning.’
Word of Comer’s evolving intentions about his probe comes hours after Hunter Biden appeared at the White House for an event honoring Kennedy Center Honors recipients – a signal that the White House intends to help keep up his profile at a time of coming attacks.
He mentioned general counsel Vijaya Gadde as among ‘the two most high-profile Twitter employees that we want to hear from’
Gadde, who was Twitter’s chief legal counsel, was won of the first officials pushed out by Musk after he took over the company. The House Oversight Committee will ask her to appear
Comer said Musk would be putting out more information from inside Twitter for the period after Biden took office
Former President Donald Trump has long gone after Baker and other top FBI officials during the Russia probe
Hunter Biden took a high profile role during events for the Kennedy Center Honorees Sunday
The FBI had warned the firm of potential hack and leak operations in the weeks leading up to the election. Twitter execs initially relied on hacking policies to justify suppressing a story on Hunter Biden’s laptop
Comer’s ascension and the GOP takeover will demonstrate the stark contrast in control of the committee by the GOP opposition. For years, Democrats used the House Oversight panel to seek information on the Trump hotel in Washington and to obtain financial information about the former president from his accounting firm.
Comer, who published a report on voting irregularities but voted to count votes certified by states for Joe Biden on January 6, vowed to probe what he called a ‘Biden family influence peddling investigation.’
That was a reference to a web of Hunter Biden business dealings, some of which were exposed in the infamous laptop that featured in New York Post report that Twitter suppressed for a period of time.
Comer pointed to a government role, although it was the Trump administration who was in charge at the time the Biden campaign asks Twitter execs to take down some tweets.
Former General Counsel for the FBI James Baker later joined Twitter
He referenced a New York Post report that the FBI had warned Twitter during weekly meetings to expect ‘hack-and-leak operations,’ guidance that may have colored how they handled revelations about the laptop, which a Wilmington computer repair shop owner said Hunter brought in for repairs and then abandoned.
‘This was a cover-up at the highest levels of the government to protect Joe Biden,’ said Comer.
‘Let’s remember what they’re protecting here. They’re protecting the laptop and the contents of the laptop, which show not only did Joe Biden know full well what his son and his brothers were doing with respect to influence peddling with our adversaries, it shows that Joe Biden was very involved with this effort and this is something that should concern every American,’ said Comer.
‘Big tech was always going to be a priority for the Republican majority,’ he said of his committee’s plans.
‘The federal government was involved in suppressing this story,’ he said. He noted the information put out by Musk so far was ‘pre-Biden,’ and suggested there was more to come.