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Calls are intensifying for a federal investigation into Arizona Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs after internal Twitter emails were recently released.
The emails, which were released as part of the “Twitter files” by new CEO Elon Musk, appear to indicate that Hobbs, who served as the state’s secretary of state at the time, emailed Twitter staffers in Jan. 2021 to have accounts blocked that she claimed contained so-called election misinformation.
Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted: “The SOS of AZ and Gov candidate, Katie Hobbs, used the power of the AZ SOS to collude w/ Twitter to unconstitutionally violate 1st Amendment rights of Americans for her own political gain. This is communism and Hobbs can not be governor. I’m calling for a Federal investigation.”
Christina Bobb, a former attorney for President Donald Trump, tweeted a screenshot of the document from Schmitt’s discovery file.
The Republican Party of Arizona tweeted: “@GeneralBrnovich we hope you are taking a serious look into
@SecretaryHobbs At a minimum, Arizonans deserve to know what accounts/tweets were censored. The First Amendment was created to protect citizens against the government, Not the other way around.”
BREAKING: Email leaks reveal Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs was in regular communication with Twitter telling them who to censor pic.twitter.com/j7OsWpxoso
— George (@BehizyTweets) December 4, 2022
According to reports, the internal Twitter emails reveal that Hobbs’ team allegedly spoke with former Twitter staffers and executives to flag certain users and accounts.
The bombshell revelation comes on the heels of Twitter boss Elon Musk, via journalist Matt Taibbi last week, revealed internal company communications showing the platform worked with the Democratic Party to censor conservatives.
The Daily Wire reports:
According to an email on January 7, 2021, the communications director for Hobbs’ Secretary of State office emailed the Center for Internet Security (CIS), a 501 nonprofit cybersecurity organization, saying they are “flagging” an unidentified Twitter profile for review under the subject line titled “Election Related Misinformation.” The email also included an unknown employee at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a branch under the federal government’s Department of Homeland Security.
A CIS representative forwarded the message to a Twitter staffer saying, “Please see this report below from the Arizona SOS office. Please let me know if you have any questions.”
The Twitter employee then responded in another email: “Thank you … both tweets have been removed from the service.”
It does appear that Twitter worked with both Republicans and Democrats at the time on looking into tweets that may have been an issue on the platform.
Hobbs was recently declared the winner over GOP opponent Kari Lake by less than one point.
Current GOP Gov. Doug Ducey, the state attorney general, and the chief justice certified Hobbs as the winner on Monday. So far, no one has produced any direct evidence of vote fraud, tampering, or disenfranchisement.
Following Taibbi’s revelations and the latest involving Hobbs, some GOP lawmakers are calling for federal probes into what they allege is election interference
On Friday, Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) called on Musk to release the names of any federal officials involved in alleged censorship requests at Twitter.
“Investigations are coming,” Nehls said.
Release the names of government officials.
Investigations are coming. https://t.co/1FfKVe1uQc
— Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) December 3, 2022
To that end, a member of the Republican leadership is set to take action against the executives that were in charge of Twitter when the Hunter Biden laptop story was squashed.
Kentucky Rep. James Comer of the House Oversight Committee said he is going to bring in staffers who were responsible for burying the story to testify before Congress.
“Every employee at Twitter who was involved in suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story will have an opportunity to come before Congress and explain their actions to the American people,” he told Fox News.
“When we announced the investigation of the Biden family and referenced material from the laptop, many in the mainstream media said this is just a conspiracy theory,” he said to host Sean Hannity
“The mainstream media is still trying to use the old talking points the laptop is somehow Russian disinformation,” he said.
The representative said more on Twitter.
“In January, I can promise you this. Every @Twitter employee involved in suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story will have an opportunity to come before @GOPoversight and explain their actions to the American people. @elonmusk has provided facts for Americans.