A congressional hearing on the Twitter Files became volatile when a Democratic House member pushed reporter Matt Taibbi for his sources in an infringement on his constitutional rights.
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) directly sought Taibbi's sources during her questioning of the Twitter Files journalist.
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"You earlier said that someone had sent you through the internet, some message about whether or not you would be interested in some information," Garcia said.
"Yes, and I referred to that person as a source," Taibbi shot back.
Garcia asked, "So you're not going to tell us when Musk first approached you?"
"Again, congresswoman, you're asking a journalist to reveal a source," Taibbi said. "Now you're trying to get me to say that he is the source, I can't answer your question."
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Rep. Stacey Praskett (D-VI), the ranking member on the committee, also asked Taibbi: "Who was the individual that gave you permission to access the emails?"
"Well the attribution for my story is sources at Twitter and that's what I am going to refer to," the journalist explained.
Much of the focus was on whether Twitter CEO Elon Musk directly contacted Taibbi to share information about the Twitter Files. Taibbi was quick to call out the infringement on his rights, standing his ground despite repeated attacks from the Democrats in the hearing.
The Twitter Files have revealed significant government collusion on the platform prior to Musk's purchase of Twitter, revealing concerns about censorship and coordination with government agencies that have become a matter of national attention in the latest hearing.