JD Vance is looking for answers from the DOJ over its targeting of Elon Musk’s company

Sep 7, 2023

The evidence has been abundantly clear that the Biden Democrats are weaponizing government agencies against their political opponents.

They are especially incensed that America’s richest man stubbornly refuses to toe the far-left line and censor opinions the government doesn’t want people to talk about on X (Twitter).

Now JD Vance is looking for answers from the DOJ over its targeting of Elon Musk’s company.

Ohio Senator JD Vance is keenly aware of the fact that while the Department of Justice (DOJ) is prosecuting Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, the government entity has hardly ever prosecuted other employers for anything similar.

Indeed, the priorities even seem head-scratching.

The DOJ is suing SpaceX over claims that Elon Musk’s rocket company “failed to fairly consider or hire asylees and refugees.”

In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Vance wrote, “I was surprised to learn that the United States Department of Justice is suing SpaceX for favoring American citizens in hiring. It is difficult to separate this new DOJ investigation of SpaceX from the Biden administration’s other interactions with Mr. Musk.”

More targeting over politics?

It certainly does seem that Biden and his administration are targeting Musk.

Before Musk took over Twitter, Bloomberg News had reported that Biden administration officials were in discussions about potentially subjecting some of Musk’s ventures to national security reviews, including the Twitter takeover.

In a November interview, concerning Musk’s Twitter acquisition, Biden was asked if Musk was a threat to national security.

Biden responded, “I think that Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at, whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate. But that’s all I’ll say.”

Vance, in his letter, asked why the DOJ didn’t even have a conversation with Musk about federal hiring rules or answer Musk’s [International Traffic in Arms Regulations] (ITAR) concerns before going ahead with a lawsuit.

Vance wrote, “Justice must be dispensed in an impartial manner, without political animus, if Americans are to have faith in our system. Unfortunately, the timing of DOJ’s investigation into SpaceX could be interpreted as being connected to the Twitter acquisition.”

He continued, saying, “There were many intermediate steps that DOJ could have taken to inform SpaceX about current federal hiring rules and answer Mr. Musk’s ITAR concerns before initiating a lawsuit. This, coupled with the fact that many federal aerospace jobs include explicit citizenship requirements, suggests that SpaceX could have been investigated by DOJ because of Mr. Musk’s management of Twitter, not because SpaceX’s hiring practices are uniquely odious.”

The ITAR holds that companies may be required to get authorization before they allow foreigners to handle technology that is covered under the law.

Four easy questions an unbiased DOJ could easily answer

In order to satisfy his curiosity and suspicion that Biden might be targeting Musk because of his political views, Vance closed his letter with four questions.

Vance wants to know whether the DOJ investigated other private aerospace companies or government contractors for hiring practices similar to those of SpaceX.

He also asked whether the department believes that favoring American citizens for jobs constitutes discrimination against noncitizens.

Next, he wants to know if DOJ ever had a meeting with SpaceX to inform the company that it may be out of compliance with federal hiring laws and to encourage SpaceX to change its practices.

Finally, Vance asked if the DOJ investigation that precipitated this new discrimination lawsuit initiated in response to Mr. Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.

All those seem like reasonable questions that a non-politicized DOJ ought to be answering quickly and easily, but we’ll see.

Vance asked for answers to those questions by September 29.

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