New York Post
RNC livid after FEC gives Twitter a pass
The Republican National Committee is mulling an appeal after a report said on Monday that the Federal Election Commission had dismissed the RNC’s complaint that Twitter illegally suppressed The Post’s exposé about Hunter Biden’s e-mails.
“As Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said recently, it was a ‘total mistake’ for Twitter to suppress this important story,” RNC spokeswoman Emma Vaughn said. “Worse, it was also illegal, and our complaint persuasively explains why.
“The RNC is weighing its options for appealing this disappointing decision from the FEC,” she added.
The FEC’s ruling had not been made public as of Monday, but a document outlining it shows the commission concluded that Twitter’s move was made for valid business purposes, not political ones, according to The New York Times, which obtained a leaked copy of the document.
FEC decisions require at least four concurring votes. It was unclear how the panel’s six members lined up.
All three Republican commissioners were appointed by President Donald Trump, meaning at least one rejected the RNC’s contention that Twitter’s action amounted to an “illegal corporate in-kind political contribution” to the campaign of President Biden, Hunter’s father.
Two of the other three commissioners are Democrats. The third is an independent appointed by President George W. Bush.
Dorsey admitted at a congressional hearing in March that it was a “total mistake” for the site to block users from sharing The Post’s article on the contents of a laptop that held Hunter Biden’s e-mails, text messages, photos and videos.
According to the Times, the FEC found that Twitter had “credibly explained” that its decision was a commercial one based on existing company policies and that it had been warned by federal law-enforcement officials that Hunter “might be a target” of hackers seeking to interfere in the 2020 election.
The FEC also reportedly said it found “no information that Twitter coordinated” with Joe Biden’s campaign, and cited a sworn declaration by the company’s head of US public policy.
An FEC spokesman declined to comment on the case, but noted that the commission has up to 30 days to post its decisions online.