A defiant Attorney General Merrick Garland stumbled over his words when faced with tough questions about his alleged targeting of X owner Elon Musk.
In a contentious five-hour-long hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Garland endured scorching criticism related to the motives behind two investigations against Musk. Specifically, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) pressed Garland over allegations that the Department of Justice is targeting Musk as a result of the politically damning evidence revealed in The Twitter Files. “These look like mafia tactics,” a fired-up Massie said.
“Elon Musk was a Democrat who admittedly supported Biden but then he became a critic of the administration and exposed the censorship regime,” Massie added, likely referring to the Twitter Files, which exposed a disturbing web of censorship collusion between the social media company and the federal government. “Now, per public reports, the DOJ has opened, not one but two investigations of Elon Musk,” added Massie, a member of the Judiciary Committee.
.@ElonMusk exposed Biden’s censorship regime and the @TheJusticeDept opened two investigations into him. Mark Zuckerberg spent $400 million tilting elections for Democrats… No investigations! Protection money? DOJ under Garland is employing Mafia tactics. pic.twitter.com/T0Qa6QWiTK
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 21, 2023
The Kentucky lawmaker made reference to a Wall Street Journal report alleging that federal prosecutors in New York are scrutinizing perks Musk received during his tenure as the owner of electric car company Tesla. As reported by The Journal on Sept. 19, the DOJ probe, led by the U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of New York, comes in addition to a Securities and Exchange Commission civil investigation into the same matter.
Massie drew attention to the disparate treatment of Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose financial involvement in the 2020 presidential action triggered the ire of Republican lawmakers and numerous governors. “Mark Zuckerberg, on the other hand, spent $400 million in 2020, tilting the elections secretly for Democrats—no investigations whatsoever,” Massie remarked.
Concluding his damning questions, Massie compared the illusion of political prosecution to the mafia. Specifically, Massie remarked, “To the American public, these look like mafia tactics: ‘You pay us the money, we look the other way; you get in our way, we punish you.’ The American public sees what these tactics are.”
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