A federal judge has ordered the deposition of Dr. Anthony Fauci and a number of other high-ranking Biden officials about the government’s alleged collusion with social media companies to ‘suppress free speech’
Friday, the court allowed the request filed by Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.
According to a source, both accused the Biden administration of ‘working hand-in-hand’ with social media giants to ‘suppress’ news reports that reflect adversely on the White House, calling it a ‘egregious attack on our First Amendment’
The lawsuit asserts that the Biden administration deliberately urged social media corporations to restrict ‘disfavored’ opinions and speakers in violation of the First Amendment rights of those individuals.
U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty stated in his finding that Fauci’s earlier public statements regarding national pandemic policy made him a significant figure in the case and ordered his deposition.
Schmitt stated, “The American people demand answers regarding the federal government’s collusion with social media corporations to restrict free speech.”
Other high-ranking personnel that must be deposed include former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Director of White House Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty, and former Senior White House COVID-19 Advisory Andrew Slavitt.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan, CISA Director Jen Easterly or CISA official Lauren Protentis, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, CDC Chief of the Digital Media Branch Carol Crawford, and State Department Global Engagement Center Acting Coordinator Daniel Kimmage are also deposed.
Landry said in a statement on Monday, “Throughout this case, we have revealed a frightening degree of collaboration between Big Tech and Big Government.”
The 164-page lawsuit was filed late last week, but an amended filing on Monday shows that the Republican officials are expanding their legal efforts to include 47 other government departments, agencies, and officials in addition to the original 20 defendants.
The action names dozens of defendants, including President Joe Biden, current Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, and Nina Jankowicz, who was to lead Biden’s now-defunct Disinformation Governance Board.
‘Finally, Plaintiffs believe that Dr. Fauci’s reliability has been called into question since 2020 regarding alleged COVID-19’misinformation’ Plaintiffs claim that Dr. Fauci has made public remarks regarding the effectiveness of masks, the population percentage required for herd immunity, NIAID’s funding of ‘gain-of-function’ viral research in Wuhan, the lab-leak theory, and more,’ he said.
“Plaintiffs insist that Dr. Fauci’s remarks on these significant problems are pertinent to the case at hand and constitute further grounds for his deposition.” Plaintiffs contend that they should not be obliged to accept at face value Dr. Fauci’s’self-serving blanket denials’ given by someone other than himself. He continued, “The Court concurs.”
Donald Trump’s appointee Doughty dismissed the Justice Department’s attempt to invoke executive privilege, arguing that the privilege would only apply to internal administration emails. He ruled that emails with outside executives were fair game.
In his 10-page judgment, the court stated that their correspondence is “clearly highly significant” to the case.
The court filing claims that Dr. Fauci’s communications would be relevant to the plaintiffs’ accusations regarding the claimed suppression of speech regarding the lab-leak theory of COVID-19’s origin and the alleged suppression of speech about the effectiveness of masks and COVID-19 lockdowns.
Jean-conversations Pierre’s as White House Press Secretary may be pertinent to all of the plaintiffs’ examples.
Examples of social media ‘censorship’ in Louisiana and Missouri’s lawsuit
- ‘On April 8, 2021, YouTube “deleted a video in which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and a handful of medical experts,” including Plaintiffs Bhattacharya and Kulldorff, “questioned the effectiveness of having children wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19.”‘
- ‘On August 10, 2021, “YouTube barred Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) from uploading new videos to the site for seven days, after the ophthalmologist posted a video last week arguing that most masks ‘don’t work’ against the coronavirus.”’
- ‘Twitter permanently suspended the account of prominent lockdown critic Alex Berenson, despite repeated reassurances from high-level Twitter executives that his account was safe, just days after Dr. Fauci singled him out as a danger for suggesting young people might reasonably decline the vaccine.’
- ‘Perhaps most notoriously, social-media platforms aggressively censored an October 14, 2020 New York Post exposé about the contents of the laptop of (then-Candidate Biden’s son) Hunter Biden, which had been abandoned in a Delaware repair shop and contained compromising photos and email communications about corrupt foreign business deals.
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