Fox News contributor Dan Bongino joined ‘Hannity’ Thursday to discuss the possible and alleged FBI investigation of social media site, Parler.
Bongino purchased an ownership stake in Parler in June 2020, as an effort to fight back against what he described as “Tech Tyrants” Facebook and Twitter.
Bongino said that Parler may now be under investigation by the FBI for its “alleged role” in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
Chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct a “robust examination” of the role Parler played in the Jan. 6 siege, specifically whether the platform was a “potential facilitator” of planning or inciting the violence.
In a letter to the FBI Thursday, Maloney questioned whether Parler is “a potential conduit for foreign governments who may be financing civil unrest in the United States.”
The FBI declined to comment on if they are moving forward with the investigation.
Bongino responded to the allegations on ‘Hannity,’ saying they wanted Parler investigated because a Parler executive is married to someone who was born outside of the United States.
“Now I know you’re waiting for a punchline. No, that’s it,” Bongino said to Hannity.
“The democrats slimeball totalitarian losers and this loser Maloney decides she wants the FBI to investigate our company because the executive married a woman, who’s family is really, really poor and happens to reside in Russia,” Bongino said. “[Maloney] presents no evidence whatsoever. Isn’t that xenophobic and Islamophobic?”
In her letter, Maloney raised questions about “Parler’s financing and its ties to Russia.”
The intelligence community has warned that Russia has used social media and other measures “to sow discord in the United States and interfere with our democracy,” she wrote.
She continued, “The company was founded by John Matze shortly after he traveled in Russia with his wife, who is Russian and whose family reportedly has ties to the Russian government. Concerns about the company’s connections to Russia have grown since the company re-emerged on a Russian hosting service, DDos-Guard, after being denied services by Amazon Web Services. DDos-Guard has ties to the Russian government and hosts the websites of other far-right extremist groups, as well as the terrorist group Hamas.”
“Their second reason is even more hilarious,” Bongino said. “After they got us de-platformed from just abut every country in the United States, we had to go to a multi-national company to protect our website from being hacked. So they want the FBI to investigate us.”
Parler was removed from Google Play and the Apple App Store following the deadly Jan. 6 siege at the Capitol. Amazon Web Services soon followed, also removing Parler from its servers.
Parler is now suing Amazon in federal court.
According to Fox News, Amazon said it told Parler repeatedly that content on the site violated the two companies’ agreement. Suspension was a “last resort” to block access to violent content.
Amazon said that Parler demonstrated an “unwillingness and inability” to remove violent content from its site.
“This country is dead as a doornail and liberals killed it,” Bongino told Hannity. “It’s pathetic. If you think you live in a free country, you’re probably a liberal or someone in the media.”
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