“This is election interference and we're 19 days out from an election,” Cruz, R-Texas, said. “It has no precedent in the history of democracy. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know what the hell is going on.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee leaders declared they will vote on a subpoena Tuesday for Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, to testify before the committee on Friday, Oct. 23. Hawley said he is hoping the committee would also vote to subpoena Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The effort appears as both Twitter and Facebook acted to stop the widespread dissemination of an explosive New York Post report this week that purports to expose emails from Hunter Biden connecting his father to his Ukraine business dealings.
Republicans blamed the social media giants of censorship and hinted the tech giants were in cahoots with the Biden campaign to suppress a negative story.
That's not all, as they made a case for hypocrisy too, claiming Twitter did nothing to censor reporting on the Steele dossier that was hurting President Trump or to flag reporting on Russia collusion charges. The Republicans pointed to the power the tech giants wield and how their choices on content can affect voters' understanding of the candidates.
“We're going to finally have an accounting that's long overdue,” Graham, R-S.C., said.
“The power behind these platforms have been taken to a level that truly is dangerous," the Judiciary Committee chairman added.
Twitter made efforts to stop the spread of the story, including locking the New York Post's Twitter account Wednesday and suspending the official account of the Trump campaign for publishing through the platform a video on Joe Biden that cites the story.
The New York Post published emails that supposedly reveal that Hunter introduced his father, the Democratic presidential nominee, to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings at Hunter's offer. The report showed that Biden met with Vadym Pozharskyi in April 2015 in Washington, D.C.
Twitter replied by locking the New York Post's Twitter account as of 2:20 pm, claiming the paper's messages received from Hunter Biden’s laptop broke the social network’s laws against the “distribution of hacked material,” Twitter wrote to the Post. Twitter also prevented users from sharing the link to the New York Post article.
The Biden campaign claimed that the former vice president engaged in "no wrongdoing" and the alleged meeting never occurred.
Jamal Brown, a Biden campaign spokesman, told Cheddar TV Thursday: “Twitter’s response to the actual article itself makes clear that these purported allegations are false and not true.”