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Rep. Jim Jordan warns White House of subpoenas regarding social media censorship

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has threatened to subpoena the White House for records about alleged collusion between the executive branch and social media companies in censoring free speech.

Jordan demands information on government collusion

In a letter to White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients, Jordan demanded information on how the White House “coerced and colluded with companies and other intermediaries to censor speech.”

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The House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, chaired by Jordan, has been investigating claims that the Biden administration pressured Big Tech to suppress dissenting views.

In April, Jordan’s panel requested information from the White House regarding its relationships with private sector entities in the context of the probe.

Jordan dismisses Sauber’s reasoning as ‘unpersuasive’

However, Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president, declined the request, arguing that the panel should seek the information from executive branch agencies first.

In response to Sauber’s reasoning, Jordan dismissed it as “unpersuasive” because some of the materials sought are unique to the Executive Office of the President (EOP).

Jordan sets deadline for compliance, warns of ‘compulsory’ measures

Jordan reiterated the committee’s request for the materials necessary for oversight and potential legislative reforms and gave Zients a deadline of June 29 to comply.

He warned that the committee may resort to a compulsory process if the requests remain outstanding.

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Jordan: White House involved in viewpoint-based censorship

According to Jordan, substantial evidence indicates the White House’s unique role in urging and directing social media companies to impose viewpoint-based censorship. 

He argued that additional material within the custody and control of the EOP could shed further light on the nature and extent of the White House’s involvement in this censorship scheme.

Jordan’s investigation targets violation of civil liberties

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Jordan’s investigation is focused on examining potential violations of the civil liberties of American citizens.

Recent documents and a lawsuit against the federal government have revealed regular communication between officials from federal agencies, Twitter, and other Big Tech companies.

These communications primarily revolved around combating alleged misinformation and disinformation, including requests to crack down on specific users.

Biden’s officials get subpoenaed in social media probe

As part of the investigation, Jordan issued subpoenas to several top Biden administration officials in April, including CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CISA Director Jen Easterly, and James Rubin from the State Department’s Global Engagement Center.

The subpoenas were sent due to inadequate responses from the officials regarding requests for communication records between their agencies and social media platforms.

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Jordan subpoenaed big tech firms in ‘weaponization’ probe

Jordan emphasized the importance of freedom of speech, stating that the collaboration between the federal government and Big Tech undermines First Amendment principles and should be investigated.

Earlier in February, Jordan subpoenaed the CEOs of top U.S. Big Tech firms as part of the ongoing “weaponization” probe.

Committee’s attempt to engage with big tech companies proves abortive

The committee has repeatedly attempted to engage with these companies since December 2022, but they have not adequately complied with the requests.

Jordan alleges that Big Tech firms have colluded with the Biden administration to suppress conservative voices, citing concerns among conservatives regarding discriminatory content moderation practices.

Jordan seeks to lift infringement on ‘free speech rights’

Conservatives have long expressed concerns about their viewpoints being disproportionately stifled on social media platforms through measures such as bans, post removals, and “shadow banning,” which limit their reach on these platforms.

Jordan’s investigation seeks to address these concerns and uncover potential infringements on free speech rights.