At least 14 people who President-elect Joe Biden has chosen to serve in his administration or to advise his transition have worked for the Big Tech firms that continue to banish conservatives — including President Donald Trump, Chuck Ross reports for The Daily Caller.
The Big Tech firms all took action against Trump and Parler, a free speech social network, in response to riots at the U.S. Capitol last week.
Twitter permanently banned Trump from the site due to their alleged claim of “the risk of further incitement of violence” and Facebook has suspended Trump’s account until the end of his presidential term.
In an effort to prevent further riot organizing, Google and Apple removed Parler from their app stores and Amazon Web Services announced they will no longer host the site.
Apple said on Friday that Parler had “not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.”
Parler is currently offline until it finds another web host.
Facebook and Twitter executives have been hired by the Biden administration to serve in the White House during his term.
Jessica Hertz, who was a director for Facebook’s regulatory team, will serve as White House staff director. Emily Horne, who was head of global policy communications for Twitter, will be the director of press and spokesperson for the National Security Council, according to the Biden-Harris transition website.
David Recordon, a former developer for Facebook, will serve as director of technology for the Office of Management and Administration. Austin Lin, a former program manager at Facebook, will serve as Recordon’s deputy.
Amazon, Apple and Google executives will also hold positions in the incoming Biden administration.
Amazon executives Tom Sullivan and Mark Schwartz are on the agency review teams for the Department of State and Office of Management and Budget.
A program manager for Google’s Global Business Operations Deon Scott, is on the review team for the Department of Homeland Security.
Facebook executives Zaid Zaid, Rachel Lieber and Christopher Upperman are on the transition review team. They are advising nominations for the Department of State, Intelligence Community and Small Business Administration.
The Biden Inaugural Committee released a list of its donors Saturday of who has donated to the Biden inauguration fund. Big Tech companies like Google, Microsoft and Comcast all publicly donated to the fund.
Biden also took more money from Big Tech than any candidate in American history, according to The Spectator. Moreover, donations to the Democrats by Bay Area residents rose from $163 million in 2016 to $199 million in 2020.
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DOJ says FBI informant on Biden had ‘high-level’ contacts with Russian intelligence
In a memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to support Alexander Smirnov’s continued pre-trial detention, the Department of Justice(DOJ) wrote that he claimed to have had “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies…[who] could resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released.”
Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was arrested and charged on Feb. 14 with making false statements to the FBI about Biden’s connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited, which employed his son Hunter Biden as a member of the board with a monthly salary of $50,000 during his term as vice president.
“During his custodial interview on February 14, Smirnov admitted that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about [Hunter Biden],” wrote special counsel David Weiss in the filing. “Smirnov apparently attended a separate meeting with Russian Official 1, [an] individual who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Smirnov was a confidential human source who provided information that was used to prepare a report, known as an FD-1023, about Joe Biden’s alleged connections to the Burisma business partners of Hunter Biden. That report has previously served as evidence contradictingJoe Biden’s claim that he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings; a notion at the center of an impeachment inquiry against him.
The FD-1023 detailing Smirnov’s claims was released by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on July 20, 2023, after it was provided to him by government whistleblowers. “[The] indictment confirms several points Senator Grassley has made repeatedly. The informant behind the FD-1023 was, indeed, a long-serving, trusted FBI source used by the agency for criminal investigations since the Obama administration. In fact, he was so trusted that the FBI provided him authorization ‘to engage in illegal activity for investigative purposes’,” a spokesperson for Grassley told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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