October 27, 2022

Judge Requires Fauci, Psaki Deposed Over Collusion

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By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

Multiple outlets are reporting a federal judge has ordered several high ranking Biden officials be deposed as part of a lawsuit against the Biden administration, alleging that the government colluded with social media companies to censor free speech related to the coronavirus and other controversial topics. 

The Background: 

Dr. Fauci and Jen Psaki are just some of the multiple White House officials who must testify under oath in a lawsuit alleging the Biden administration were essentially making Facebook and Twitter arms of the Biden administration. Fauci is especially under scrutiny as Chief Medical Advisor to the President and his position within the NIH. 

The original lawsuit was filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry back in May, alleging that the Biden administration "pressured and colluded" with Big Tech and social media companies to censor and suppress information on the Hunter Biden laptop story, COVID-19 origins, Russia,  and security of mail in ballots during the pandemic, as well as content that criticized lockdowns, mask mandates, vaccine mandates, and related stories. 

A press release last Friday by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry reads: 

"After finding documentation of a collusive relationship between the Biden Administration and social media companies to censor free speech, we immediately filed a motion to get these officials under oath. It is high time we shine a light on this censorship enterprise and force these officials to come clean to the American people, and this ruling will allow us to do just that. We’ll keep pressing for the truth."

The case argued that under Norwood v. Harrison and other Supreme Court precedents, government cannot use a private company to do something that the Constitution does not allow the government to do directly.

Notable Quotes: 

“What we’ve uncovered so far is at least 45 folks from the Biden administration were in constant communication with these social media platforms to censor and suppress speech, had weekly calls, censorship calls, and these social media platforms were changing terms of service to deplatform folks. In addition to that, you literally had a high-ranking Facebook official texting the surgeon general of the United States saying, ‘Hey, we did what you ask, what more can we do?’"-- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt

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