House panel asks court to require FBI agent Chan to testify on alleged suppression of online content

The GOP-led committee filed the request Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for Washington D.C.

Published: February 8, 2024 8:10am

Updated: February 8, 2024 3:21pm

The House Judiciary Committee has asked a federal judge to require an FBI agent to comply with a subpoena requesting him to testify on alleged federal government efforts to suppress free speech online.

The GOP-led committee filed the request Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C., seeking a judge’s order to compel agent Elvis Chan to testify.

Chan is the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI San Francisco Division's cyber branch.

The committee thinks that in such a role, Chan has key information about the agency's interactions with such major social media platforms as Facebook and X (formerly known as Twitter) amid allegations that elements of the federal government pressured social media platforms to suppress certain online content, according to the Epoch Times

In December of 2022, journalist Michael Shellenberger published a series of internal documents online that indicated Chan and other FBI employees were warning Twitter about alleged Russian hacking operations in the lead-up to the 2020 election.

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