‘Stay tuned in’: House GOP hints at potential legal action against ex-Twitter attorney who suppressed Hunter story

House GOP leaders hinted Wednesday that they could take legal action over former Twitter and FBI attorney James Baker’s involvement in the 2020 suppression of media reports related to Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Republican leaders, who are expected to assume leadership roles early next year when the GOP takes control of the House of Representatives, suggested all options are on the table when asked by Fox News Digital whether to pursue legal action or subpoenas in the Related to this would issue recent reports on Baker. Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced Tuesday that Baker had “resigned” from the company for suppressing information.

“Stay tuned in,” a GOP spokesman for the House Judiciary Committee told Fox News Digital in an email when asked about possible legal action the committee might take.

Late last week, independent journalist Matt Taibbi released a plethora of internal Twitter files revealing corporate communications after the release of photos and messages on a laptop belonging to President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, just ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

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Baker, whom Twitter hired as deputy general counsel in June 2020, said in an email — following a New York Post story published Oct. 14, 2020, which highlighted information from the laptop — that Twitter “needs more facts to to assess whether the materials were hacked”, adding that “we can reasonably assume that this may have been the case and that caution should be exercised”.

Twitter eventually quashed the story and suspended the New York Post account for two weeks, sparking an outcry from Republicans who thought the story may have played a role in the election.

Before joining Twitter, Baker also served as General Counsel for the FBI and played a key role in the agency’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

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“Twitter blames former FBI employees for their actions. But the FBI doesn’t do that,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the current senior member of the Judiciary Committee, tweeted Wednesday.

Elon Musk, Twitter's new CEO, said on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 that it was Baker "leaving" by the company.

Elon Musk, the new Twitter CEO, said Tuesday, December 6, 2022 that Baker had “resigned” from the company.
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In addition, Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the senior member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, wrote a letter to Baker Tuesday asking him to appear before the committee during the next Congress. The letter referenced Baker’s alleged role in censoring the Laptop story.

“The American people deserve to know why Twitter took down Hunter Biden’s laptop story, even if your peers questioned the reasons for the suppression [of] the story,” Comer wrote in the letter. “Your testimony will provide the committee with critical context regarding the Twitter censorship team’s decision to ban users from sharing information about a presidential candidate.”

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A spokesman for Comer said the first step was to ask Baker to testify before the committee, but that the most senior member stood ready to take further action if Baker chose not to cooperate.

“We expect him to cooperate with the Oversight Committee’s request to appear at a public hearing,” the spokesman told Fox News Digital. “The committee stands ready to use any tools at its disposal to ensure its cooperation to provide transparency to the American people.”

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference Nov. 17, 2022.

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference Nov. 17, 2022.
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Comer also sent similar letters to Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s former chief legal officer, and Yoel Roth, the company’s former global head of trust and security, on Tuesday.

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Comer and other Republican lawmakers announced in November that they would prioritize their investigations into Hunter Biden if they took control of the House of Representatives.

Under current House Rules, the chairmen of both the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight Committee have the authority to approve a subpoena and sign or issue a subpoena, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Baker did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fox News Digital reporter Alexander Hall contributed to this report.

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