Just Weeks before the company was summoned by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and a grand jury in Manhattan, former President Donald Trump, and his son were expelled from the board of the Trump social media company.
State records indicate that former president and his son were two of the six board members fired from Trump’s social media company weeks before it received federal subpoenas, according to The Hill
According to a filing with the state’s Division of Corporations, Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and the other four individuals were dismissed from their positions as board members of the Trump Media and Technology Group on June 8. A grand jury in Manhattan and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) both issued subpoenas to the company around three weeks later.
The other board members who were removed included Wes Moss, Kashyap Patel, Andrew Northwall and Scott Glabe, according to the filing.
In a statement published on Truth Social, the social media platform connected to Trump’s media organization, a representative for the Trump Media and Technology Group claimed that Trump is no longer a board member.
This happens just as several Democrats have introduced two bicameral bills which they have said is for the purpose of increasing media literacy skills for students and veterans by providing funding for nationwide educational programs.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is one of the lead sponsors of the bills in the Senate, and said Thursday the effort will “help combat disinformation and misinformation campaigns that seek to manipulate perceptions and sow division.”
“These bills will provide students and veterans with the skills they need to make informed decisions about online content and protect themselves from exploitation,” Klobuchar said in a statement.
The bills were introduced with Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) in the House, and together provide $40 million to federal agencies to fund education programs to improve media literacy for American students and veterans.