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Washington, April 13, 2023
Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member of the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, Stacey Plaskett sent Matthew Taibbi, Republican witness for the March 9th Select Subcommittee hearing on the so-called “Twitter Files,” a letter providing him the opportunity to correct his testimony given to a congressional committee and the public after Mr. Taibbi’s televised contradiction of his sworn testimony to Congress. 

During that March 9th hearing, in response to Congressman Stewart’s (R-UT) questions, Mr. Taibbi alleged a non-partisan coalition partnered with state entities to request social media companies remove disinformation from their platforms. Mr. Taibbi has, since testifying, contradicted this and other assertions that make up the so-called “Twitter Files,” in his April 6th televised interview with Mehdi Hasan on MSNBC.

“These instances raise serious questions about other potential inaccuracies in the testimony provided to Congress. In your interview with Mehdi Hasan, you acknowledged, ‘Apparently I’ve gotten one thing wrong or a few things wrong.’ While these inaccuracies may seem minor to you, they could lead Congress to rely on inaccurate testimony in considering and/or passing new legislation which would impact all Americans,” Ranking Member Plaskett included in her letter. 

“These so-called ‘whistleblowers’ called to testify by Chairman Jim Jordan are just characters in his melodramatic, grievance-riddled, wannabe-daytime-drama. When any of these witnesses are confronted with facts, their claims are shown to be meritless and entirely lacking credibility. This is why he did not allow me and my Democratic colleagues to cross-examine two of his three witnesses to assess the accuracy of their testimony at the March 30th hearing.  This Select Committee is a distraction from the fact that the Republican House-controlled majority is doing nothing to advance the lives of Americans.

“Let’s see the actions of the Chairman and these hearings for what they are - horrible reality TV shows to capture the attention and continued approval from a twice impeached reality TV actor.”

Read the letter here.