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RNC asks Federal Election Commission to examine Twitter for 'false statements' to agency

Twitter Files show the social media company may have "may have made false representations to the Commission in violation" of federal law, the RNC said.

Published: December 20, 2022 9:38am

Updated: December 20, 2022 10:41am

The Republican National Committee is asking the Federal Election Commission to "re-examine Twitter's response" to the agency about the Hunter Biden laptop scandal in light of new revelations from the so-called "Twitter Files."

The RNC originally brought a complaint against Twitter to the FEC in October 2020 about Twitter's censorship of the story involving now-President Joe Biden's son's laptop. The federal agency dismissed the complaint nearly a year later, but RNC Chief Counsel Matthew Raymer said in a letter Monday that the Twitter Files show the social media company may have "may have made false representations to the Commission in violation" of federal law.

Raymer wrote how the Twitter Files showed that the Biden campaign forwarded specific tweets to remove or suppress. On Tuesday, the seventh edition of the Twitter Files showed that U.S. intelligence contacted Twitter to discredit the Hunter Biden laptop story before it was published by The New York Post.

"Other, newly revealed information more specifically calls into question Twitter’s claims that it merely suppressed the Hunter Biden story in accordance with established policies and procedures. Instead, it appears that senior executives at Twitter knew that the company’s existing 'Hacked Materials Policy' did not clearly apply, and yet they suppressed the story anyway," the RNC attorney wrote. 

Given the new information released under Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, the RNC asked "that the FEC re-examine Twitter’s response ... and refer any false statements therein to the Department of Justice for further investigation."

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