Just days after Elon Musk completed his takeover of Twitter, a top Democratic lawmaker is calling on the Biden administration to investigate the Tesla CEO's $44 billion purchase.
In a letter Monday, Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) requested that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen "immediately conduct a review" of the funding Musk used from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, arguing Twitter is vital for government communication and is susceptible to foreign influence. The two countries' stakes comprise 5 percent of Twitter's new funding.
"Any potential that Twitter's foreign ownership will result in increased censorship, misinformation, or political violence is a grave national security concern," Murphy wrote.
The Democrat's letter comes as Musk, a self-described "free speech absolutist," looks to ease censorship and reverse permanent bans, including on former president Donald Trump's account.
Murphy, who made headlines in September for blocking a bill to increase school security and mental health resources, acknowledged the countries' stakes were "non-controlling" but said a company with Americans' "sensitive personal data" should be protected.
The Biden administration is reportedly weighing an investigation into Musk's activities, including the social media takeover.