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On Friday, the House Select Committee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government met for the first time to begin planning the various investigations that will help define the committee’s agenda for the next two years.

The closed-door meeting included all the GOP members which include chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio and Reps. Darrell Issa of California, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Chris Stewart of Utah, Elise Stefanik of New York, Mike Johnson of Louisiana, Chip Roy of Texas, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, Greg Steube and Kat Cammack of Florida, Dan Bishop of North Carolina, and Harriet Hageman of Wyoming.

Rep. Steube was not included in the meeting given an accident he had at his home earlier this month, as reported by the DC Enquirer.

“There’s a lot for us to do,” said Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) to reporters after the meeting, per Breitbart. “That’s really clear, and that’s just in the course of the discussion we had.”

As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, the committee will focus on how the intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement have utilized their power to the detriment of the American people.

The committee will be especially useful given the influx of instances in which the federal government, in the form of the FBI, has used its influence to force social media companies to silence users or stories like the Hunter Biden laptop story of October 2020.

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Since Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, multiple independent journalists have been releasing the “Twitter Files,” which have uncovered that the FBI regularly reached out to Twitter to point out certain accounts or stories that were deemed as misinformation.

“Twitter’s contact with the FBI was constant and pervasive, as if it were a subsidiary,” wrote journalist Matt Taibbi. “Between January 2020 and November 2022, there were over 150 emails between the FBI and former Twitter Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) had the opportunity to meet with Twitter CEO Elon Musk this week where he promised the billionaire that he would investigate the “Twitter Files.”

Throughout the Twitter Files, Taibbi outlines that the FBI would regularly send lists of Twitter accounts in need of “additional action” to members of Twitter’s staff. In most instances, this led to suspensions or bans.

Other instances that will likely be investigated include the comparison of parents who were speaking out against local school boards as domestic terrorists by Attorney General Merrick Garland in early 2022, as reported by the Post Millennial

With the Weaponization of the Federal Government Subcommittee now underway, the Republicans are likely to launch repetitive subpoenas to get answers. According to CNN, the GOP representatives are not likely to consult their Democrat colleagues on the committee when deciding subpoena requests. This is a sign that the Republicans are going to be hard at work and not allow the Democrats on the committee to get in their way.

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