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Senate Judiciary approves subpoenas for Twitter, Facebook CEOs over bias charges

The Judiciary Committee voted 12-0 to authorize the subpoenas, with all Judiciary Republicans voting in favor.

The panel has not set a date for the hearing, but Judiciary Republican leaders have expressed desire to haul in the CEOs ahead of the November elections to face questions on charges their platforms stifle conservative viewpoints. “One way or another, either voluntarily or pursuant to subpoena, they will testify and they will testify before the election,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Monday.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), an outspoken tech critic, told Fox News on Thursday he hopes the committee will “subpoena them to come next week.”

Spokespeople for Twitter and Facebook declined to comment Thursday. The companies deny the bias charges.

Zuckerberg, Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai are already scheduled to testify on Wednesday before the Senate Commerce Committee. That panel secured their testimonies after voting unanimously to authorize subpoenas for the CEOs.

Graham indicated Thursday he rebuffed a request by Judiciary Democrats to table the vote until a later…

Cristiano Lima

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