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GOP Rep. Devin Nunes to leave Congress to run Trump’s media company

Congressman Devin Nunes will leave Congress to run a media company for former President Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump’s longtime ally, California Republican Devin Nunes, will leave Congress to run the former president’s new social media company.

The Trump Media & Technology Group said in a statement that Nunez will be CEO from January 2022. Trump announced in October that it would launch a social network called Truth Social to its rivals. twitter, Facebook YouTube owned by Google after these companies launched him from the platform following a deadly riot at the US Capitol in January.

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The 48-year-old Nunes was first inaugurated in 2003, but due to the reorganization of the parliamentary district, it was unlikely that he would be re-elected in the middle of 2022.

“It’s time to restart the Internet and allow free flow of ideas and expression without censorship,” Nunez said in a statement. “The United States has made the dream of the Internet a reality, and it will be an American company that restores its dreams.”

As a top Republican member of the House Intelligence Commission, Nunez defended Trump in the impeachment trial in 2019. In 2017, he began a commission investigation into Trump’s relationship with Russia, but he resigned after the Democratic Party accused him of leaking confidential information to the Trump administration. He denied the accusation and was cleared a year later after an investigation by the House Ethics Board.

Nunez too Among 147 Republicans Those who voted to overturn the outcome of the 2020 elections won by Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden.The vote took place just hours after the crowd of Trump supporters. Attack on the US Capitol In that riot Several people died, Including police officers in the Capitol.

Trump said in October that his new company would “face big tech tyranny” for a while. Claim without evidence Allegations that social media companies are discriminating against their rights and that companies have repeatedly denied them.

Nunes was also critical of social media, File a $ 250 million proceeding In 2019, Twitter is “Shadow prohibited“And making money from” abusive, harmful, defamatory “content. Also named as a defendant in the proceedings was a satirical Twitter account that spoofed a fake cow and a California Republican mother.

In the Nunes proceedings, @ DevinNunesMom and @DevinCow accounts posted a defamation statement about him during the 2018 parliamentary elections, claiming that Twitter wasn’t enough to curb this action.Virginia Judge Dismissed proceedings in 2020Cites federal law that protects social media companies from liability for what people post on their sites.

Proceedings claiming censorship Claims that if a social media company deletes a post or bans users, it violates the First Amendment Repeatedly rejected by the court Nationwide. NS First Amendment applies to governments, not private companies Like a social media site.

The Trump Media & Technology Group has merged with the Miami-based NASDAQ-listed company Digital World Acquisition Group to create a new company chaired by Trump. Digital World Acquisition Group is a special purpose company or “blank check company”. May be submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission.. SPAC is a non-commercial shell company that is not listed on the public stock exchange for the purpose of acquiring or merging private companies, and therefore makes it public.

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