Rep. James Comer (R-KY) noted Friday on Fox News that the FBI had a task force of 80 agents to moderate social media.
Journalist Matt Taibbi reported on Friday that the FBI exchanged more than 150 emails with former Twitter Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth between January 2020 and November 2022. Many of the emails reflect intentional suppression of stories reporting the 2020 Hunter Biden laptop scandal.
Speaking with host Sean Hannity, Comer said: “[T]his is serious and this is going to be a top priority for Republicans on the [House] Oversight Committee.”
He added that he initially only suspected a ”rogue FBI employee or two” and was stunned to discover the FBI used 80 agents to monitor the tweets of American citizens.
“What we found today is the FBI had its own ministry of propaganda — eighty FBI agents dedicated to nothing but censoring free speech on the internet,” Comer said. “That’s roughly $12 million in expenses to the taxpayers in salary and benefits.”
Comer is set to become the chairman of the House Oversight Committee when Republicans assume control of the House in January.
Comer said he hopes that Americans of all ideologies will support efforts to defend free speech.
“Look at our First Amendment rights. Anyone that cares about free speech should be outraged, whether you’re a Republican or Democrat,” he said. “This has to stop.”
He also expressed concern that the FBI could be colluding with other Big Tech platforms like Google and Facebook to censor speech.
“What else are they involved in at the FBI?” he asked. “The entire FBI needs to be dismantled. We need to start all over. We need to enact strict reforms, and there need to be checks and balances at the FBI.”
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