The Federal Trade Commission could be unfairly biased against Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter due to its chairwoman's previous employment at a left-wing group, according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
Jordan asked FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan to provide extensive details of her interactions with her former employer, the Open Markets Institute, and say whether she or the FTC have had any interactions with the agency regarding an April 26 statement from OMI Director Barry Lynn advocating federal intervention regarding the Twitter takeover bid.
"We are concerned that OMI — where you were previously employed as Legal Director — may be trying to leverage its close relationship with you to take action to further limit free speech online," Jordan said in the letter.
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Jordan asked Khan to elaborate on whether she was involved in writing the statement or whether the FTC has taken any action based on the statement. He also requested that all records related to the transaction be saved.
The April OMI letter argues that Musk's acquisition violates several communication laws and requests that the FTC, Federal Communications Commission, and Department of Justice use their authority to block it.
While Musk's acquisition of Twitter has not earned additional scrutiny from the FTC, the billionaire's late filing of documentation related to his initial acquisition of 9.1% of Twitter's stock is being scrutinized.
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Jordan's request echoes earlier actions taken before Twitter accepted Musk's offer. In late April, the Ohio Republican asked Twitter's board to preserve all materials relevant to its consideration of Musk's proposal.
Representatives from the FTC and OMI did not respond to requests for comment from the Washington Examiner.