Judge denies Psaki’s attempt to overturn subpoena in social media censorship case

The judge denies Psaki’s attempt to vacate the subpoena if the Biden administration conspired to silence conservatives on social media

  • Psaki had filed a petition in federal court in Alexandria to avoid testimony, saying she had no relevant information to produce
  • US Judge Ivan Davis said during a Friday hearing that he was unfazed by Psaki’s argument and ruled that the matter would be sent back to Louisiana
  • The Louisiana judge previously said Psaki and other government officials could be removed from office in the case, but that decision is being appealed

A judge on Friday mocked Jen Psaki’s request to vacate a subpoena for her testimony in a case alleging the Biden administration conspired to silence conservative voices on social media.

The former White House press secretary has petitioned federal court in Alexandria to avoid testimony, saying she has no relevant information to produce.

US Judge Ivan Davis said during a Friday hearing that he was unfazed by Psaki’s argument and ruled that the matter would be sent back to Louisiana to be dealt with by the judge overseeing May’s case from the states of Louisiana and Missouri.

The Louisiana judge previously said Psaki and other government officials could be removed from office in the case, but that decision is being appealed. Psaki was allowed to appeal separately in Virginia because she lives there and would be forced to testify there.

A judge on Friday mocked Jen Psaki’s request to vacate a subpoena for her testimony in a case alleging the Biden administration conspired to silence conservative voices on social media

The lawsuit alleges that President Biden and his appointees are violating the First Amendment by asking social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and others to restrict access to posts on topics like Covid-19 vaccines and voter fraud.

Davis said Psaki failed to show how testifying in the case in her home state would be an undue burden when she had little information to offer.

“How long does it take to prepare a witness to testify if she doesn’t actually have anything to say?” Davis asked.

Missouri and Louisiana say they want more information about statements Psaki made during her press conferences urging social media companies to do a better job of blocking misinformation on their sites.

Davis said Psaki failed to show how testifying in the case in her home state would be an undue burden when she had little information to offer

Davis said Psaki failed to show how testifying in the case in her home state would be an undue burden when she had little information to offer

In one instance, she said, “We work with (social media companies) on a regular basis and they certainly understand what our questions are.”

States have said they want to learn from Psaki, who works with social media companies in administration, and what they’re asking.

Psaki’s lawyers say the states have already received the information they need from emails and other materials already made available to them.

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