House Republicans target Twitter's handling of Hunter Biden story

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Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are asking former Twitter employees to testify at a February hearing on the social media platform's handling of reporting on Hunter Biden, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: This first move while in the majority is an indication of the committee's priorities — even as it launches an investigation into the classified documents found at the Penn Biden Center.

Driving the news: House Oversight Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) sent letters Wednesday to several former Twitter executives who were involved in the decision to suppress the New York Post’s reporting about Hunter Biden.

* The Twitter employees were asked to testify at a hearing planned for the week of Feb. 6, and to respond no later than next Wednesday, Jan 18.

Comer also renewed his request to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen for the department to produce “suspicious activity reports” — generated by banks and forwarded to the Treasury Department — that involve Hunter Biden and some other associates.

* "During the 117th Congress, the Department of the Treasury refused our requests... The Committee requests these SARs and other information," Comer wrote.

The big picture: House Republicans on the committee in the prior Congress had already signaled a wide range of probes spanning the Afghanistan withdrawal, COVID origins, domestic energy production and infrastructure spending.... (Read more)