Current House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) is among the throngs of leftists upset over billionaire Elon Musk reinstating the Twitter account of former President Donald Trump, who just announced a 2024 bid for the White House.
“I think it’s a terrible mistake,” he said during an appearance Sunday on ABC News’ “The Week.”
Why? Because of the Jan. 6th riot, of course. As a reminder, Schiff is a member of the Jan. 6th committee.
Listen to his gripes below:
“As we showed in the January 6th hearings, the president used that platform to incite that attack on the Capitol. His comments about the vice president, his own vice president, put Mike Pence’s life in danger. He showed no remorse about that. He continues to lie about his actions on that day. He talks about pardoning the people who attacked police officers and attacked the Capitol that day,” Schiff said.
“And it contradicts what Elon Musk said that he was going to establish a counsel to evaluate this and further contradicts Musk and his claimed concern about bots on his own platform to subject the decision to a poll on the platform that could be easily abused that way. It just underscores the erratic leadership of Twitter now under Musk, but also the security concerns, with security people fleeing Twitter and what that means for the protection of Americans’ private data,” he added.
It’s true that Musk conducted a poll to decide whether or not to reinstate Trump’s account:
Reinstate former President Trump
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2022
It’s also true that this contradicts his claim that he’d be establishing a council to determine who should and shouldn’t be allowed back onto Twitter.
But Musk is now the company’s CEO, so he may do as he pleases so long as it’s within the confines of the law. Or at least that’s how it should be. In recent days, however, Democrats have begun threatening Musk.
“Fix your companies. Or Congress will,” Sen. Ed Markey tweeted to Musk on Twitter after the billionaire committed the apparent crime of mocking him.
One of your companies is under an FTC consent decree. Auto safety watchdog NHTSA is investigating another for killing people. And you’re spending your time picking fights online. Fix your companies. Or Congress will. https://t.co/lE178gPRoM
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) November 13, 2022
With Trump having since been reinstated on Twitter, it’s probably likely that there will soon be additional threats directed Musk’s way.
The good news is that Democrats will, in a matter of roughly a month, lose their control of the House, and their successors have no interest in investigating Musk. The bad news is that the investigations could wind up coming from higher up above.
Flashback to a White House press briefing earlier this month.
During the briefing, a reporter asked President Joe Biden, “Mr. President, do you think Elon Musk is a threat to U.S. national security? And should the U.S. — and with the tools you have — investigate his joint acquisition of Twitter with foreign governments, which include the Saudis?”
In response, the president said he’s down with an investigation.
“I think that Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at. Whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate, I’m not suggesting that. I’m suggesting that its’ worth being looked at. And — and — but that’s all I’ll say,” he said.
BIDEN: I think that Elon Musk’s cooperation and or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at. Whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate — I’m not suggesting that — I’m suggesting that it’s worth being looked at. But that’s all I’ll say. pic.twitter.com/I11l87M5FQ
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) November 9, 2022
The remarks from the president provoked heavy backlash from congressional Republicans.
“The fact that Joe Biden said that there should be an investigation into Twitter over foreign investment will go down in history as one of the most hypocritical statements ever made by the president of the United States,” incoming House Oversight Committee chair James Comer told Fox News at the time.
“To say that [Musk] should be under investigation, but then that Congress should turn a blind eye to his family’s influence peddling with China, with Russia, with Ukraine, and yes, with the Middle East, is amazing,” he added.
As noted earlier, Democrats are losing control of the House to Republicans come January. And it just so happens that Republicans are planning to investigate the president and his family over alleged influence peddling.
And as noted by Comer, the president — and Democrats/leftists in general — have displayed great anger and derision over the GOP’s plans. Indeed, #RepublicanHouseClownShow briefly trended on Twitter last week:
They ran on immigration and crime, but their first plan is to investigate Hunter Biden. #RepublicanHouseClownShow
— Dr. Cindy Banyai for Congress FL19 (@Cindy_Banyai_FL) November 19, 2022
Keep in mind that Democrats have spent the last four years using their control of the House to investigate Trump and his family.
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