The New York Post has been at the center of a continuing controversy involving Twitter’s decision to remove negative content about Hunter Biden in the weeks before his father, Joe Biden, faced off against then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
As the newspaper reported at the time, the younger Biden’s abandoned laptop appeared to contain a host of compromising information and potential evidence of criminal activity. Twitter reacted to the bombshell by temporarily suspending the Post’s account and making it impossible for other users to share the article on the platform.
Since acquiring Twitter earlier this year, Elon Musk has been promising to reveal details about the scandal and finally did so last week through independent journalist Matt Taibbi. Although the internal documents shed significant light on the actions of Twitter employees and executives ahead of the presidential election, one Post reporter noted that at least one major question remained unanswered.
During an interview with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson this week, Miranda Devine noted that there was one individual who seemed to have the “biggest motive” to ensure that the damning report about Hunter Biden was quashed.
“It was pretty obvious that the Twitter files that had just been released were missing a crucial element,” she said. “And that was the FBI. So, we surmised that somehow Elon Musk had redacted it or someone had withheld the information about the FBI.”
She went on to note that James Baker, who had been an FBI attorney before leaving the bureau in 2020 to join Twitter as its top lawyer, might represent that missing link. Musk announced on Tuesday that Baker had been fired amid “concerns” about his “possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue.”
In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 6, 2022
As for how Twitter received advanced knowledge about supposed “Russian disinformation,” Devine pointed a finger at Baker.
“So we knew that, there had to be something about that at Twitter, and yet there wasn’t in the Twitter files and it was pretty obvious who was suppressing the information, who was the person with the biggest motive, it was Twitter’s top lawyer James Baker, who as you just said had been the top lawyer at the FBI, the quarterback of the FBI-Russia collusion scandal,” she reasoned.
Furthermore, Devine indicated that Baker provided the final authorization for information released by Taibbi on Friday — and one email included in the Twitter files “had the date and time removed from it very peculiarly.”
In order to provide the public with all of the relevant information, Devine called on Musk to “let all the information out” and put an end to “this curating and holding back.”
Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey seemed to agree, tweeting on Wednesday that if Musk truly wanted to be transparent, he should “just release everything without filter and let people judge for themselves.”