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GOP lawmakers react to Facebook’s continued Trump ban with threats and warnings

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After Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld former President Trump’s suspension Wednesday morning, Republican members of Congress railed against the social media platform. The move to continue to ban Trump undoubtedly sets a precedent, but most GOP members agreed it’s not a good one.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) have experience peppering social media CEOs with questions. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in particular. Both congressmen are members of their prospective Judiciary Committees. Zuckerberg appeared in a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee as recently as last fall. Sen. Lee compared the move on Facebook’s part to George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Rep. Jordan instead simply joined voices with the Federal Trade Commission, other members of congress and tweeted: “Break them up.”

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) saw the precedent as widely applicable to all Facebook users. He warned that anybody could be next in a tweet.

Yet, others don’t see the ban as detrimental to Trump’s image. Jarome Bell, a Republican candidate for Virginia’s 2nd district in the House, postulated that Trump doesn’t need Facebook.

https://twitter.com/JaromeBellVA/status/1390004210868043776


Bell is likely referring to Trump’s new site, where he echoed Jordan’s threats. “These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process,” Trump wrote.

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‘Coordinated effort’ to hide Hunter Biden information: Treasury denies request for reports

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The United States Treasury Department has denied Republicans’ request for reports and documents which deal with the President’s son, Hunter Biden. In a bizarre response, Treasury legislative affairs chief Jonathan Davidson sent a letter to the House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer saying they need more detail as to why the panel its seeking such “highly sensitive information.”

Apparently suspicious activity surrounding the President of the United States’ son doing business deals, foreign banking and transactions with overseas entities including China and Ukraine is not obvious enough.

Davidson’s letter did not acknowledge whether such reports on the Bidens exist, but instructed Comer that “improper disclosure” of such information can undermine the executive branch’s “conduct of law enforcement, intelligence, and national security activities.”

Comer responded that “this coordinated effort by the Biden Administration to hide information about President Biden and his family’s shady business schemes is alarming and raises many questions.”

Comer added the panel will continue to request the reports and will use “the power of the gavel to get them if needed.”

Bloomberg News reports:

Comer and other Republicans already said they have evidence that finances, credit cards, and bank accounts of Hunter and Joe Biden were commingled if not shared.

And in an interim report released in November, Republicans surmised that the Treasury Department has at least 150 SARs related to financial transactions of Biden family members.

Nonetheless, in his letter to Yellen, Comer explained, “The Committee is investigating President Biden’s knowledge of and role in these schemes to assess whether he has compromised our national security at the expense of the American people.”

Comer added the committee also “will examine drafting legislation to strengthen federal ethics laws regarding employees and their families.”

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