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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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Jan. 6 Select Committee Announces Plan to ‘Advance Contempt Proceedings’ Against Mark Meadows

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The January 6th Capital riot saga continues as a Democratic-led Select Committee has confirmed its plans to hold former President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows in criminal contempt. On Tuesday CNN obtained a letter that Mark Meadow’s attorney sent to the January 6 Committee formally announcing he would refuse to continue to cooperate with the probe.

“We agreed to provide thousands of pages of responsive documents and Mr. Meadows was willing to appear voluntarily, not under compulsion of the Select Committee’s subpoena to him, for a deposition to answer questions about non-privileged matters,” attorney George J. Terwilliger III stated in the letter.

“Now actions by the Select Committee have made such an appearance untenable…In short, we now have every indication from the information supplied to us last Friday — upon which Mr. Meadows could expect to be questioned — that the Select Committee has no intention of respecting boundaries concerning Executive Privilege,” Terwilliger added.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) wrote a letter dated December 7 announcing its retaliatory actions: “The Select Committee is left with no choice but to advance contempt proceedings and recommend that the body in which Mr. Meadows once served refer him for criminal prosecution.”

CNN reports on the timeline of correspondence between the Select Committee and Mr. Meadows:

Meadows was first subpoenaed by the committee on September 23. On November 12, Meadows failed to appear for a deposition, but on November 22, the committee gave Meadows another opportunity to begin cooperating with the committee by turning over documents and scheduling a new deposition, to which Meadows agreed. But, the day before the scheduled deposition, Meadows, via his lawyer, informed the committee he would not be appearing for the scheduled December 8 deposition and would cease cooperating with the committee.

Prior to Tuesday’s decision to cease cooperating with the committee, Meadows “had turned over approximately 6,000 pages worth of documents to the panel” reports CNN.

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