Republicans Rage Over Blocks On Fake Biden “Exposé”

The Hill reports:

Some Republican lawmakers lashed out at Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday over the platforms’ decisions to limit the spread of a New York Post story about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

The GOP lawmakers characterized the moves as censorship and renewed their allegations that social media platforms have an anti-conservative bias. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent letters to both Facebook and Twitter over their decisions to clamp down on the spread of the article.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also sent a letter to Twitter and publicly bashed both social media giants over their decisions to limit the spread of the story about Hunter Biden.

Salon reports:

The Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post published a series of stories on Tuesday surrounding alleged emails between Hunter Biden and officials connected with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, which the outlet obtained from a source who met multiple times over the last year with an individual whom the U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned as an active agent of Russia.

The Post, which published the unverified emails on Wednesday, reported that the information came from Rudy Giuliani. The former LifeLock spokesperson attempted to distance himself from Andrii Derkach last month after the Treasury Department accused the Ukrainian lawmaker of being a Russian agent and running a “covert influence campaign” directed at the 2020 U.S. presidential election since late 2019.

The Associated Press reports:

The Post says the emails were part of a trove of data recovered from a laptop that was dropped off at a computer repair shop in Delaware in April 2019. It says the customer, whom the owner could not definitively identify as Hunter Biden, never paid for the service or retrieved it, and says the owner made a copy of the hard drive that he provided to Giuliani’s lawyer.

The owner of the Wilmington shop declined to comment Wednesday to The Associated Press, saying he didn’t feel like talking. The newspaper says the owner alerted the FBI to the computer and hard drive, and that agents took possession of them. That could not immediately be confirmed, and the FBI declined to comment Wednesday.