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Twitter suspends Rep. Stefanik’s comms director, later reinstates account claiming it was an ‘error’

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Just a day after former President Trump endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) for GOP Conference Chair, Twitter temporarily suspended the account of her communications director Karoline Leavitt.

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Trump publicly endorsed Stefanik on his new blog which he uses to communicate with his followers. The former president has also long been suspended from Facebook and Twitter.

Leavitt saw no credible reason for the suspension. But she took it to mean it was a suspension on her political beliefs. Just before Twitter blocked her from her account, she retweeted about an interview between Steve Bannon and her boss, and she tweeted out a link from the former president’s blog. Before her account was shut down, she followed several Republican House members and activists, but now her account shows that she’s following no accounts.

“Republicans have been screaming from the rooftops for months that if Big Tech can silence the President of the United States, they can silence YOU!,” Leavitt said in a statement to SaraACarter.com “Their suspension of my account, which they later admitted was made in ‘error,’ is another example of their tyrannical censorship, as they fundamentally believe conservatives do not belong in the public square.”

A Twitter spokesperson told this reporter that the suspension was an “error,” adding “This has been reversed, and the account has been reinstated. The account’s followers will take 24-48 hours to fully restore.”

“This has been reversed, and the account has been reinstated. The account’s followers will take 24-48 hours to fully restore.”

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism

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Whistleblower: FBI manipulating cases to create ‘illusion’ of domestic violent extremism

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In a letter addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said a whistleblower has come forward detailing how the FBI is manipulating cases related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to create “the illusion” that domestic violent extremism is a widespread problem in the United States.

Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, claimed the “manipulative case-file practice” was being conducted by the bureau’s Washington field office, which was instructing local FBI offices to open up cases on their books that were in fact simply related to the Capitol breach.

“The  FBI’s case categorization creates the illusion that threats from DVE are present in jurisdictions across the nation, when in reality they all stem from the same related investigation concerning the actions at the Capitol on January 6,” Jordan wrote.

“Such an artificial case categorization scheme allows FBI leadership to misleadingly point to ‘significant’ increases in DVE threats nationwide,” he added.

Jordan noted this particular whistleblower is just one of many with similar information: “consistent with disclosures we have received from other whistleblowers that high-ranking FBI officials — including a senior WFO official — are pressing front-line agents to categorize cases as DVE matters to fit a political narrative.”

The letter also brought attention to the inappropriate amount of resources the department has devoted to the January 6 Capitol riots:

“The whistleblower disclosed that the FBI is sacrificing its other important federal law-enforcement duties to pursue January 6 investigations,” Jordan wrote. “The whistleblower recalled, for example, being told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies.

“Such a posture is not only a dereliction of the FBI’s mission to investigate violations of federal laws, but it is a grave disservice to the victims of child sexual abuse and other crimes that do not advance the FBI leadership’s political agenda.”

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