Top Democrat Threatens Twitter Files Journalist Matt Taibbi with 5 Years in Prison

Democrat Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI) has threatened Twitter Files journalist Matt Taibbi with 5 years in jail for allegedly lying to Congress.

Taibbi didn’t lie during his testimony last month, however.

Plaskett’s source, MSNBC reporter Mehdi Hasan, got the story wrong.

Plaskett, who represents the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a non-voting member of Congress and is somehow the ranking member of the House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, sent a letter to Taibbi with the threat.

Journalist Lee Fang previously highlighted why Mehdi’s claims about Taibbi were wrong: “Mehdi Hasan claimed Taibbi ‘deliberately & under oath misrepresented’ the facts about the DHS/CISA’s work w/content moderation org EIP.

“That’s a serious charge, one that I debunk with new Twitter Files emails & other docs.

“Mehdi claimed Taibbi lied under oath to Congress – a felony that can be prosecuted with prison – by claiming CISA worked with EIP on content moderation.

“Mehdi says the truth is that only a private sector org w/ a similar acronym, CIS, worked w/EIP.

“Mehdi is wrong and here’s how.

“EIP had an internal ticketing system to flag content for censorship to Twitter, and an internal messaging system to alert CIS *AND* CISA. DHS/CISA elevate EIP-flagged tweets for Twitter.

“Here is a newly unearthed Twitter email in Oct 2020 showing the process.”

Plaskett wrote:

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“This mistake is important because, by adding an ‘A,’ you weren’t making a harmless spelling error.

“Rather, you were alleging that CISA- a government entity- was working with the EIP [Election Integrity Partnership] to have posts removed from social media.

“When presented with this misinformation, you acknowledged you had made ‘an error’ by intentionally altering the acronym CIS and you subsequently deleted your erroneous tweet.

“Prior to your appearance before the subcommittee on March 9, you signed the Judiciary Committee’s Truth in Testimony form, certifying that you understand that ‘knowingly providing material false information to this committee/subcommittee or knowingly concealing material information from this committee/subcommittee, is a crime (18 U.S.C. 1001).

“In addition, at the beginning of the March 9 hearing, you swore ‘under penalty of perjury that the testimony you [were] about to give [was] true and correct to the best of your knowledge, information, and belief.’

“Under the federal perjury statue, 18 U.S.C. 1621, proving false information is punishable by up to five years imprisonment.”

READ MORE: Matt Taibbi Goes on MSNBC, Shreds Network: ‘MSNBC Did Nothing But Vomit Up Fake Russian Hit Stories’

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David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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