Republicans double down on FBI criticism after latest Twitter filing report

The FBI remains under fire as Republicans doubled down on criticism following the recent Twitter Files reports that revealed emails from the FBI office containing election misinformation shared on the social media platform.

Florida Representative Matt Gaetz said on Twitter Friday that he and Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mike Johnson of Louisiana and Dan Bishop of North Carolina are asking the FBI questions about the latest report of Twitter files will. Sharing Gaetz’s tweet, Biggs wrote, “We will leave no stone unturned.”

Gaetz said Saturday morning that the FBI needs a “serious transformation,” adding that “the FBI designs what you see so they can control what you think and how you act.” Meanwhile, the GOP tweeted the Justice Department of the House of Representatives: “Does anyone still trust the FBI?”

The GOP members’ comments come after Twitter CEO Elon Musk led the release of internal transcripts of Twitter employee emails to expose the platform’s past decision-making process and efforts to monitor content that violates its policies violated

Republicans double down on FBI criticism
Above: FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill August 4 in Washington, DC. The FBI remains under fire as Republicans doubled down on criticism following the recent Twitter Files reports that revealed emails from the FBI office containing election misinformation shared on the social media platform.
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The recordings were shared by independent journalist Matt Taibbi, who recently said he had to “agree to certain terms” in order to report on the Twitter files, which contained the internal documents Musk appeared to have given the journalist United States today. However, he did not reveal what the conditions were.

“Part six” of the report released by Taibbi included emails that revealed instances in which federal law enforcement alerted Twitter employees to accounts they believed violated the platform’s rules for spreading election misinformation violated

“The FBI is the largest criminal gang in the country. It is more dangerous than any other gang because it is run by ‘thugs with badges’ and also because it is funded and supported by Congress and the White House. It’s America’s version of the KGB or the Chinese state police,” right-wing political commentator Dinesh D’Souza said.

The Twitter Files report further revealed that an email sent Nov. 5 by the FBI’s National Election Command Post contained 25 accounts that the department said “could warrant additional action given the accounts’ proliferation.” used by misinformation,” about the 2022 election midterm.

“Now apply what they did on Twitter to @facebook @Google and more. Really looking forward to Republican scrutiny, committee work and subpoena powers,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted Friday in response to part of the report, revealing how law enforcement agencies were reportedly pressuring Twitter to moderate content. Meanwhile, conservative Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado wrote Friday, “The FBI is lost.”

On Saturday, Donald Trump Jr. also cracked down on the FBI, whose director Christopher Wray was appointed by his father Donald Trump in 2017 while he was still president. Trump Jr. accused the bureau of targeting free speech, tweeting, “With an 80-person ‘task force,’ the FBI has been able to quash free speech and anything that isn’t part of the liberal agenda on Twitter… Posts Imagine what 80,000 new armed IRS agents are going to be capable of [to] to do!”

Despite continued Republican backlash against the FBI, there has been backlash from California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu, who has defended the bureau and media officials who have criticized Republicans’ response to the “Twitter files.”

“Dear @mtaibbi: I am a member of the House Judiciary Committee that oversees the @FBI and you are lying. The FBI has many agents hunting child molesters and terrorists. Please stop subverting and lying to federal law enforcement,” Lieu tweeted on Friday.

“The media should ignore the so-called Twitter files until Elon Musk clears all files for legitimate media to investigate. Right now, Musk is just spreading propaganda like Putin does through his hand-picked messengers.” tweeted Dean Obeidallah, Host of The Dean Obeidallah Show.

Now British broadcaster Anthony Davis wrote: “I’ve read through the #TwitterFiles and can confirm there’s nothing there. So to speak, NOTHING. Just standard security protocols that MAGA Republicans didn’t know existed and now think there’s been a huge exposé. It’s typical right-wing propaganda, no substance.”

Republicans have previously expressed dissatisfaction with the FBI, with Greene even calling for Wray’s impeachment after the Republican wing of the House Judiciary Committee released a report claiming there was evidence supporting politicization within the House FBI and Department of Justice would prove.

The report came after FBI agents searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida to retrieve hundreds of top-secret documents he believed to have taken after leaving the White House. The FBI search followed approval from Attorney General Merrick Garland. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, claiming he released those documents before bringing them to his home.

news week contacted the FBI media office for comment.

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Rick Schindler

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