September 9, 2022

Judge: Turn Over Fauci Emails

  • Executive, The Hill

By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

A U.S. District Judge has ordered the Biden Administration to turn over emails sent by Dr. Fauci and White House Press Secretary Jean-Pierre, among other emails sent to big tech companies. The judge has given them twenty-one  days to follow through on turning over what he calls “Misinformation” emails. 

The Background: 

U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty’s Tuesday order was the latest development in a lawsuit filed in May by Attorneys General Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana. The lawsuit charged the executive branch of colluding with social media giants like Facebook and Twitter to “censor freedom of speech” on a number of topics, including the COVID-19 pandemic and elections. 

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed that Facebook was instructed by the FBI to “bury” stories that the FBI felt could impact Biden’s election results.

The Attorney Generals filing the suit stated the emails  “provide a tantalizing snapshot into a massive, sprawling federal ‘Censorship Enterprise,’ which includes dozens of federal officials across at least eleven federal agencies and components identified so far, who communicate with social-media platforms about misinformation, disinformation, and the suppression of private speech on social media.”

Notable Quotes: 

“Under the First Amendment, the federal Government should have no role in policing private speech or picking winners and losers in the marketplace of ideas. But that is what federal officials are doing, on a massive scale — a scale whose full scope and impact is yet to be determined.” — Attorney General’s Eric Schmitt and Jeff Landry

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