Did the FBI pay Twitter more than $3.4M to censor information?

The so-called 'Twitter Files,' which uncovered the relationship between the agency and the social network, are the "tip of the iceberg" in the "corrupt revolving door" between the two parties, claims Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.

Elise Stefanik, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) paid millions of dollars to Twitter to censor and suppress certain information from the platform, including news about the contents of President Joe Bien's son Hunter Biden's laptop.

"We know that the FBI paid Twitter more than $3.4 million in taxpayer funds to censor these stories before the 2020 election," the Republican congresswoman said Thursday during a hearing of the Subcommittee on Federal Government Armaments.

In this context, Stefanik believes that, quite possibly, without what she called "election meddling" by the FBI, the course and outcome of those elections would have been different.

"According to polls, of the people who learned about Hunter Biden's laptop story, 53% would have changed their vote, including 61% of Democrats," she said, calling the alleged actions of the security and intelligence agency corrupt and "unconstitutional."

The alleged close relationship between the FBI and the social networking company was exposed after the publication of the so-called 'Twitter Files', internal documents that have been leaking to the press about the censorship applied by the platform's team regarding various issues, including the presidential campaign in which Donald Trump ran for re-election against Joe Biden.

Stefanik argues that such files are the "tip of the iceberg, because there is much more," pointing to the existence of a "corrupt revolving door at the highest levels between the FBI and Twitter." Contact between the two parties was "constant and pervasive," as if one was a subsidiary of the other, he asserted, adding that many FBI officials worked at Twitter.

"Jim Baker, former FBI general counsel, helped illegally investigate Donald Trump in the 2016 election, and Jim Comey, deputy chief of staff, became director of strategy at Twitter," the parliamentarian mentions.