The House Judiciary Committee tweeted about how the Biden administration tried to use Ernst & Young to “punish” Elon Musk’s Twitter. “If they didn’t, Ernst & Young feared they would be retaliated against by the government” the official @JudiciaryGOP wrote.
Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) retweeted the Committee’s tweet and added, “we knew they were harassing @elonmusk but it was worse than we thought” referring to a paragraph of the Motion for Protective Order, United States v. Twitter.
The motion states:
The FTC was so “adamant” with EY, conveying that “this is absolutionly what you will do and this is going to occur, and you’ll produce a report at the end of the day” that would be negative about Twitter, that senior EY leaders feared that, if EY resigned as the independent assessor, “[t]he FTC [would] take  exception to [EY’s] withdrawal and create  ‘other’ challenges for EY over time.”
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Joe Biden’s FTC wanted Ernst & Young to punish @elonmusk’s Twitter.
If they didn’t, Ernst & Young feared they would be retaliated against by the government. pic.twitter.com/alpxxOcL8U
— House Judiciary GOP 🇺🇸 (@JudiciaryGOP) July 13, 2023
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 13, 2023
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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
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