A federal judge ruled Monday that former White House press secretary Jen Psaki must comply with a subpoena and offer testimony in a lawsuit alleging the Biden administration colluded with Big Tech to censor speech.
Judge Terry Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana on Monday denied a request by attorneys for Psaki to block a court-ordered deposition, saying there is a public interest in “determining whether the First Amendment right to freedom of expression.” was suppressed”.
Monday’s order follows a ruling by U.S. Judge Ivan Davis, who returned the case to Louisiana on Friday after Psaki attempted to challenge the imposition in a Virginia court, where she lives and would be impeached. Biden’s Justice Department supported their efforts.
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“Ms. Psaki’s attempt to have or delay her testimony in that lawsuit failed because two judges in far-flung courts, one in Virginia and one in Louisiana, acted quickly and because her reasons for not testifying to Federal efforts were implausible. censoring social media that allowed for a quick fix,” said John J. Vecchione, senior counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance, in a press statement. NCLA supports the lawsuit against Psaki.
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Republican Attorneys General Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana first filed the lawsuit in May, accusing top government officials of collaborating with giant social media companies Meta, Twitter and YouTube “under the guise of fighting misinformation” to do it to achieve greater censorship.
In October, Judge Doughty ruled that Psaki and other senior administration officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci should be removed.
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“After uncovering documentation of a secret relationship between the Biden administration and social media companies to censor free speech, we immediately filed a motion to put these officials under oath,” Schmitt said in response to the ruling from October 21st. “It is high time we exposed this censorship enterprise and compelled these officials to be clean with the American people, and this ruling will allow us to do just that.” We will keep pushing for the truth.”
Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.