Watch: Jim Jordan Drops Receipts on House Democrats During Contentious Exchange on Government Censorship

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As we previously reported, fireworks and a Democrat festival of fail were on full display Thursday during the House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the weaponization of the federal government.

The hearing relates to the Twitter Files and all that has been revealed by their release so far about efforts at the federal government level to collude with Twitter’s old regime to suppress speech and in the process violate the First Amendment.

At one point during the hearing, there was a clash between committee chair Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and freshman Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-N.Y.), a “rules for thee but not for me” Democrat who demanded in so many words that Jordan prove his claim that government officials sought to squelch the free speech rights of American citizens who were engaging in what Goldman called “lawful speech.”

Goldman told Jordan that he had yet to supply any evidence that this happened, to which Jordan responded that he indeed had the receipts, some of which he dropped on Goldman during the hearing.

“We’re here talking about Twitter. Twitter,” Goldman whined. “And even with Twitter, you cannot find actual evidence of any direct government censorship of any lawful speech. And when I say lawful, I mean non-criminal speech because plenty of speech is non-criminal.”

Jordan countered him with the following remarks:

“I’d ask unanimous consent to enter into the record the following email from Clark Humphrey, Executive Office of the Presidency, White House office, Jan. 23, 2021, that’s the Biden administration, 4:39 a.m., ‘Hey, folks,’ … this goes to Twitter… ‘Hey, folks wanted to’ — they use the term Mr. Goldman just used — ‘wanted to flag the below tweet, and then wondering if we can get moving on the process for having it removed, ASAP.”

When Goldman asked for the tweet (which was written by vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.), Jordan said he’d get it for him and would also enter it into the record:

For the record, here is the email Jordan is referring to, which was sent two days into Biden’s presidency:

Here’s the tweet in question:

There is no legal basis for a member of the Biden administration to be urging Twitter to take that tweet down, and I wish Jordan had had it on hand in addition to the email he read so Goldman in his capacity as a supposedly brilliant lawyer could explain what was “unlawful” about Kennedy’s tweet that would necessitate the executive branch getting involved.

If the Aaron family wanted it taken down, that would be a different subject, but that would need to involve their lawyers, not anyone in the executive branch.

Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has also been subjected to smear campaigns by Democrats, responded accordingly to Goldman’s comments during the hearing.

“Dan Goldman – just elected to Congress from Manhattan – is the perfect symbol of the Dem Party,” Greenwald tweeted. “The heir to the billionaire Levi Strauss fortune, unearned net worth of $250m, went to DC’s Sidwell Friends, Yale and Stanford, worked for the Mueller investigation, now does this.”

Goldman, whose claim to fame as far as Democrats are concerned is that he was the lead impeachment counsel for Democrats during the first Trump impeachment trial, apparently isn’t as well-versed on Constitutional rights as he’d like people to think considering what he said last summer about the former President invoking his Fifth Amendment rights.

“The Fifth Amendment ensures that people are not forced to incriminate themselves. But you don’t take the Fifth if you didn’t do anything wrong,” he wrote at the time.

He probably should have deleted his account right then, but here we are.

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