Two state attorneys general scored an early win Tuesday in their lawsuit alleging a vast Biden administration conspiracy committing censorship.
Missouri and Louisiana’s attorneys general claim the administration is coercing tech companies to silence COVID-19 critics and doubters. Their 67-page lawsuit has forced release of many documents and emails between administration officials and corporate officers of big tech companies regarding the alleged disinformation.
Tuesday’s victory means correspondence between White House or health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and tech companies must be turned over to the plaintiff attorneys general within weeks.
The Daily Wire further reported:
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Tuesday afternoon that his state’s joint lawsuit with Louisiana against the Biden administration over alleged censorship coordination with social media companies scored a major victory this week as the administration was ordered to turn over records from key officials.
“In our lawsuit against the Biden Admin for colluding with social media companies to censor speech, the Court just ordered DOJ to produce records from key WH & HHS officials like Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, the WH Press Secretary [Karine Jean-Pierre], and others,” Schmitt tweeted.
“This Court believes Plaintiffs are entitled to external communications by Karine Jean-Pierre and Dr. [Anthony] Fauci in their capacities as White House Press Secretary and Chief Medical Advisor to the President to third-party social media platforms,” U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty said in the ruling. “Therefore, Government Defendants Jean-Pierre and Dr. Fauci shall provide answers to the Plaintiff’s interrogatories and document requests within twenty-one (21) days from the date of this order.”
Doughty also ordered that the Biden administration must produce records from HHS’ deputy assistant secretary for public engagement, the head of HHS’ digital engagement team, the deputy director of the Office of Communications in HRSA, and HHS’ deputy digital director.
“DOJ identified 45 federal officials who have interacted with social media companies on misinformation,” Schmitt wrote on his official government Twitter account. “Beyond DOJ, Meta identified 32 additional federal officials including White House Officials who communicated with them, and YouTube identified 11 federal officials including White House Officials who communicated with them, many of whom were not disclosed by DOJ.”
Schmitt called what the Biden administration was doing “a vast censorship enterprise,” adding, “the American people deserve to see the truth.”
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