A federal judge ruled on Monday that Biden’s previous press secretary, Jen Psaki, must comply with a subpoena that summons due to a lawsuit that claims that the Biden White House colluded with Big Tech to censor speech.
Fox News reports that Terry Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana rejected the Psaki legal team’s motion to block a court-ordered deposition due to there being public interest in “determining whether First Amendment free speech rights have been suppressed.”
The order comes after a ruling from US Magistrate Judge Ivan Davis. The case was transfered back to Louisiana after Psaki attempted to fight the deposition in a Virginia court, where she lives. The Biden Department of Justice supported the effort.
“Ms. Psaki’s effort to eliminate or delay her deposition in this action had failed because of the swift action of two judges in widely dispersed courts, one in Virginia and one in Louisiana, and by the implausibility of her reasons for not testifying as to Federal efforts to censure social media that made quick resolution possible,” said senior counsel for the New Civil Liberties Allience John J. Vecchione.
Fox News reports that Republican Attorneys General Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana filed the lawsuit in May of this year, “accusing top-ranking government officials of working with the giant social media companies Meta, Twitter and YouTube ‘under the guise of combating misinformation’ in order to achieve greater censorship.”
Judge Doughty ruled that Psaki should be deposed, along with Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“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,” Schmitt said. “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.”