Ted Cruz Calls for Criminal Investigation of Twitter – Alleging Violation of Iran Sanctions
As President Donald Trump goes to war with Twitter over censorship, Senator Ted Cruz believes the company is be responsible for wrongdoing in another arena, and he’s calling on the government to investigate.
According to CNBC:
Cruz called on the Treasury and Justice departments to launch a criminal investigation into Twitter for alleged violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran.
In a letter on Friday to Attorney General William Barr and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, Cruz centered on the accounts of Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
Twitter allows top Iranian leaders to have accounts on its platform, which Cruz said violates sanctions in place to prevent providing services or goods to that nation’s officials. Twitter is blocked in Iran.
“The cohesion and legitimacy of our laws rest on their equal application to all citizens and entities, no matter how large or how powerful,” Cruz wrote. “The Department of Treasury and the Department of Justice should investigate what appears to be Twitter’s blatant and willful violation of IEEPA and E.O. 13876 by providing services to Khamenei, Zarif, and other designated Iranian entities, and, to the extent appropriate, enforce any violation through sanctions and by seeking civil and criminal penalties.”
IEEPA and E.O. 13876 refer to the International Emergency and Economic Powers Act and Executive Order 13876, which imposes sanctions, respectively.
Twitter has previously told Cruz that their company policy is to allow as much discussion as possible (unless you’re a Republican, apparently), and that they didn’t think they were in violation of any laws.
We’ll find out for sure soon.