After the Justice Department blocked an FBI agent from attending a transcribed interview with lawmakers, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) issued a subpoena.
The agent is suspected of coordinating the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jordan, issued a subpoena to an FBI agent in San Francisco named Elvis Chan on Friday. House Republicans claim that Chan was the liaison between the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force and Big Tech companies to bury the Hunter laptop story in the final weeks before the 2020 presidential election.
In a letter to Chan, Jordan explained that his committee was investigating “how and to what degree” the Executive Branch has “coerced and collaborated with corporations and other intermediaries to control expression.”
Jordan informed Chan that he was in a prime position to assist the Committee in its oversight because he served as the principal point of contact between the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF) and social media businesses.
Previously, on October 14, 2020, when the New York Post published the Biden laptop report, Chan told legislators that the FBI had not interacted with Facebook outside of a meeting. However, Jordan claims that Chan participated in a “secret ‘follow-up’ conversation with the social media behemoth the next day, reportedly contradicting a representation he made at the time.
An employee at Facebook spoke with the federal agent on the same day, and she reported that Chan informed her that he was up to speed on the current state of the “matter within the FBI.” According to the documents published by Jordan, Chan also informed the social media site that “there was no present evidence to establish any foreign link… of the disclosures.”
Beyond the Post’s story on Hunter’s laptop, Jordan referenced mounting evidence demonstrating collusion between the White House and social media corporations to block conservative content.
To achieve the administration’s objectives of blocking content contradicting the COVID vaccination goal, documents disclosed by Congress last month show that a White House official pushed Facebook to boost legacy outlets and hinder their reach.