Top Dem on House Weaponization Subcommittee Threatens Journalist Matt Taibbi With Prison Over #TwitterFiles

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Stacey Plaskett, a non-voting delegate for the U.S. Virgin Islands in the House of Representatives, is the top-ranking Democrat on the House Weaponization Subcommittee. You may remember how she grilled Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger during a March hearing on the #TwitterFiles.

She is now threatening Taibbi with prison for allegedly lying to Congress over a simple mistake in his reportage.

Remember how the media howled any time Trump criticized the press? Where are they now?

Chuck Ross reports at the Washington Free Beacon:

Weaponization Committee’s Top Dem Threatens ‘Twitter Files’ Journalist With Jail Time

The top Democrat on the House Weaponization subcommittee threatened a journalist with prison time over his congressional testimony that exposed the government’s attempt to influence Twitter.

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D., V.I.) made the threat in a letter to reporter Matt Taibbi, who testified on March 9 about his “Twitter Files” series, which revealed details of interactions between the FBI, federal agencies, and Twitter executives. Plaskett, noting a discrepancy in Taibbi’s testimony, warned him in the letter that providing false information to Congress is “punishable by up to five years imprisonment.”

Plaskett took issue with Taibbi’s claim that the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency pressured Twitter to censor various news articles on its platform. While the agency did correspond with Twitter regarding the censorship of content on the platform, Taibbi acknowledged in a television interview that he mixed up the federal agency with the Center for Internet Security, a nonprofit that receives federal funding, during his testimony.

You can read Plaskett’s letter here.

This is after an agent from the IRS visited Taibbi’s home while he was appearing before the weaponization committee.

To make matters worse, it looks like Plaskett got this idea from MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan.

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