Rep. Lauren Boebert to former Twitter Employees: “Who the hell do you think you are?”
Lauren Boebert Traps Yoel Roth, Gets Him to Lie Under Oath
“You silenced me from communicating with the American people over a fricken’ joke. Who the hell do you think you are?”
On Wednesday, former top executives at Twitter appeared before the House oversight committee to give testimony regarding the social media giant’s management of information related to the interference of the 2020 election and Joe Biden’s son.
The hearing marks the start of the agenda of the newly-Republican controlled House, highlighting their focus on long-standing claims that major tech companies exhibited a bias against conservatism.
At one point during the hearing, Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert appeared to catch former Twitter executive Yoel Roth in a lie.
The moment came as Boebert was discussing how her Twitter account had previously been suspended.
“Did you shadow-ban my account? Yes or no?” Boebert unleashed.
Roth denied banning her account, but as it turns out, he was lying.
“The answer is Mr. Roth, yes you did!” Boebert shot back, catching Roth in a lie.
“I found out last night from Twitter staff that you supressed my account for this tweet: “Hillary must be pissed it took until 2020 to successfully rig an election.’”
Boebert exclaimed, “It’s a freakin’ joke about Hillary Clinton being angry she couldn’t rig her own election!”
She continued to slam Yoel Roth: “You silenced me from communicating with the American people over a fricken’ joke. Who the hell do you think you are?”
Shortly after this explosive moment at the hearing, Boebert took to Twitter to provide receipts.
“I received this document from Twitter staff last night.It shows that Twitter 1.0 executives shadow banned me as a sitting Member of Congress,” she tweeted. “If they did that to me, imagine the millions of Americans that will never know they were silenced by these woke execs.”
Boebert Loses It On Ex-Twitter Employees During Hearing: ‘Who The Hell Do You Think You Are!?’
Controversial Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) angrily lit into former Twitter officials testifying before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday and declared Putin “is sitting in the Kremlin wishing” he had their ability to “interfere” in elections.
The Colorado Republican used her time at the hearing to demand to know who at Twitter allegedly “shadow-banned” her account over a “freaking joke.”
“Mr. Matt Taibbi, a respected reporter who published much of the Twitter files, said, quote, ‘Twitter’s contact with the FBI was constant and pervasive as if it were a subsidiary.’ Now I want to better understand why he would suggest that, Mr. Roth, while at Twitter? How many meetings did you have with the FBI?” Boebert began, questioning Twitter’s former Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth.
Boebert grilled Roth over how many FBI agents worked at Twitter and asked, “Did the FBI ever ask you to do anything that was illegal or questionably legal?”
“I am not a lawyer, but certainly not to the best of my recollection or knowledge,” Roth replied.
“Now, from the hearing that I’ve been a part of today, it’s almost impossible to tell where the FBI ends and where Twitter begins,” Boebert noted, getting more heated.
“We have Mr. Baker here, a former FBI agent. And there seems to be a revolving door between the FBI and Twitter itself. Even Mr. Baker said that there was no collusion with the federal government and Twitter. But, Mr. Baker, that’s you. You are the collusion between the federal government and the FBI. And now with it, this is such a problem because we’re seeing censorship all over. Mr. Roth. Ms. Gadde, did either of you approve the shadow banning of my account at Lauren Boebert? Yes or no?”
“No, I did not,” replied Vijaya Gadde – the former chief legal officer of Twitter.
“Not to the best of my recollection,” added Roth.
“Well, let me refresh your memory, because on March 12th, 2021, and Mr. Roth, I know you looked at it because fascist Twitter 1.0 had a public interest exceptions policy, which means for members of Congress to be shadowbanned, it had to go before you. Mr. Roth. So I’ll ask again. Did you shadow-ban my account? Yes or no?” Boebert demanded.
“Again, not to the best of my recollection,” Roth replied.
“But the answer is Mr. Roth. Yes, you did,” insisted Boebert.
“I found out last night from Twitter staff that you suppressed my account for this tweet. It’s a freaking joke about Hillary Clinton being angry that she couldn’t rig her election. It’s a joke. But in response, being the sinister overlords that you all are, you placed a 90-day account filter so I could not be found,” Boebert raged, adding:
And now we see here that Twitter staff said the visibility filter on my account excluded me from top searches, prevented notifications for non followers and much more. This is considered an aggressive visibility filter. You silenced members of Congress from communicating with their constituents. You you silenced me from communicating with the American people over a freaking joke.
Now, who the hell do you think you are?
Election interference? Yeah, I would say that that was taking place because of you for sitting here. The Hunter Biden laptop story was suppressed. A sitting member of Congress was suppressed. A sitting president was banned from Twitter.
You know, I bet that Putin is sitting in the Kremlin wishing he had as much election interference, intervention, interference as you four here today. We’ve heard about threats to democracy. Well, what about shutting down a duly elected member of Congress? This is fundamental to our nation’s governance. And you all attacked that very foundation. 230 protections? Well, those are for publishers.
Not for editors. And it’s clear you were not acting as publishers. You were acting as editors. And, Mr. Chairman, I think it’s far past time that we remove 230 protections for big tech platforms who are abusing this protection. And let me just say, I’m not angry for myself. I’m not angry because I was silenced. I can reach out to Elon and his staff and I can see what’s happened and I can sit here today and hold you all to account.
I am angry for the millions of Americans who were silenced because of your decisions, because of your actions, because of your collusion with the federal government. They can’t reach out to Elon. They can’t sit here today and hold you into account. We don’t know where the FBI ends and Twitter begins. But I do want to thank Elon for firing you four and saving free speech and even Twitter. Mr. Chairman, I yield.
| Foreign Affairs
Did Biden give the order to destroy Putin’s Nord Stream pipeline after Ukraine invasion?
Bombshell report claims Navy divers carried out mission to kill Russia’s gas stranglehold on Europe in audacious mission overseen by president
- U.S. Navy divers planted C4 explosives that caused $500 million damage to Nord Stream pipelines between Russia and Germany, sensational report claims
- Report by Pulitzer Prize-winner Seymour Hersh details plot in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Europe’s dependence on gas from Moscow
- The White House and the CIA have denied claims the attack was carried out after nine months of secret planning overseen by President Joe Biden
Specialized U.S. Navy diving teams carried out the bombing attack against the underwater Nord Stream pipelines which supply Russian gas to western Europe during a top secret mission overseen by President Joe Biden, a bombshell report claims.
Divers planted C4 explosives on three Nord Stream pipelines in June 2022 which were detonated three months later using a sonar buoy which broadcast a signal that triggered the bombs, according to the report.
The attack was carried out in response to Vladimir Putin‘s invasion of Ukraine and designed to force Germany and other European nations to end their reliance on Russian gas, it is claimed. The move would also disrupt Moscow’s income from gas sales – which have contributed billions of dollars to its war effort.
The sensational report by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, published to his Substack, cites a source ‘with direct knowledge of the operational planning’ behind the alleged plot. The White House and the CIA flatly rejected the report on Wednesday, branding it ‘complete fiction’.
Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were sabotaged by bomb blasts on September 26 2022 in an attack that, ostensibly, continues to baffle investigators. While analysts say the immediate impact of the attack was ‘limited’ – because the pipelines were not fully operational – the geopolitical consequences were huge.
Russia, which has pointed the finger at the U.S., reportedly believes repairs will cost at least $500 million, but the Kremlin still hasn’t confirmed the pipes will be fixed. The Nord Stream project cost around $20 billion and took 15 years to construct.
In a compelling, 5,000-word report about the alleged attack, Hersh claims diving experts trained at the U.S. Navy Diving and Salvage Center in Florida planted the explosives.
The divers are said to have carried out the top secret and highly-dangerous operation during BALTOPS22, a series of military exercises in the Baltic Sea carried out by 16 NATO countries. The U.S. divers reportedly used the highly-publicized, 13-day event in June 2022 as cover for their top-secret mission.
The C4 explosives attached to the pipelines were fitted with sensors that enabled them to be detonated remotely at a later date, Hersh reports.
Hersh reports that the explosions were triggered by a sonar buoy dropped by an aircraft. The buoy emitted a sequence of ‘unique low frequency tonal sounds’, compared to those produced by a flute or piano, which triggered the C4.
A spokesman for the White House said the report is ‘false and complete fiction’. A spokesman for the CIA said: ‘This claim is completely and utterly false.’
In February, Biden said the U.S. would ‘bring an end’ to Nord Stream if Russia invaded Ukraine. During a joint news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Biden said: ‘If Russia invades… then there will be longer Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it.’
Asked how he would do that, the President responded cryptically: ‘I promise you we will be able to do it.’
The press conference was held as Russia was mounting tens of thousands of troops at its border with Ukraine, in preparation for the invasion which began weeks later, on February 24.