‘Gobsmacked’ NYP reporter exploring legal action against Adam Schiff for trying to get him banned on Twitter

New York Post columnist Paul Sperry responded to the recent Twitter Files revelation that U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the now-former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, tried to get him banned on Twitter by suggesting that he may personally sue the Democratic ideologue for defamation.

In a Twitter Files dump last week, an independent journalist shared a document showing that Schiff asked Twitter to ban Sperry — for reference, this is the reporter who outed Schiff’s anonymous “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella in the first sham impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

New Twitter chief Elon Musk made sure this significant development did not get lost in the mix — if ever there was a doubt about the bias in today’s media, there has been nary a ripple over the powerful government official trying to silence a journalist. Flip the script and make it a Republican chairman retaliating and all hell would have broken loose.

“I was gobsmacked. This would explain why Twitter could never give me a reason for suspending my account, even though I had broken none of its rules,” Sperry penned in a recent column.

“Schiff, the powerful Democratic chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, made his ‘request’ to ban me through his staff in a November 2020 memo to Twitter. Three months later, in early February 2021, I was kicked off the platform,” he added.

Sperry took to Twitter on Friday to post: “DEVELOPING: We are exploring all legal options, including suing @AdamSchiff personally for defamation.”

In an earlier tweet, Sperry said, “Around the same time Adam Schiff’s office was lobbying Twitter to have me banned, Schiff’s chief of staff Patrick Boland was making threats to my employer [Real Clear Investigations] about my stories exposing Schiff’s impeachment whistleblower & his ties to Schiff’s staffer.”

More from Sperry’s column:

In articles for RealClearInvestigations, I outed his anonymous “whistleblower” from the first impeachment of President Trump. It was Eric Ciaramella, a Democrat who had worked in the Trump White House as an Obama holdover. I also exposed Ciaramella’s prior relationship with one of Schiff’s top staffers on the impeachment committee, Sean Misko.

My reporting cast fresh doubts on Schiff’s claims that the 2019 impeachment process happened organically. The New York Times had already busted Schiff lying about prior contacts with the whistleblower. Initially, Schiff publicly stated his office never spoke with the whistleblower before he filed his complaint against President Trump, when in fact a Schiff staffer had huddled with him, something Schiff’s spokesman Patrick Boland was forced to admit after the Times broke the story. (The staffer was never identified.) The prior contacts led to suspicions Schiff’s office helped the whistleblower craft his complaint as part of a partisan operation.

 

Sperry would go on to say that Schiff “appears to have secretly interfered with my ability to do my job for almost two years,” explaining that “as a working journalist, you need Twitter to do your job. News is broken there. Corporations and government post their press releases there. Key information and data are archived there.”

“If a powerful government official prevented me from promoting my stories, including my New York Post columns, on the nation’s digital town square, how is that not state censorship?” he asked.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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