Sunday, September 11, 2022

Federal Judge Orders Fauci, White House Spokeswoman to Answer for Alleged Censorship; Judge orders WH to turn over emails sent by Karine Jean-Pierre and Fauci to social media platforms after they were accused of 'trying to censor stories on Hunter Biden, COVID and mail-in voting'

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Federal judge orders Fauci, White House spokeswoman to answer for alleged censorship:
A federal judge ordered Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and other officials to answer for the government’s suspected efforts to censor social media platforms, and gave the powerful officials three weeks to comply.
Judge Terry A. Doughty rejected the Biden administration’s assertion of executive privilege to shield government officials from questions and records requests in a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.
“This court believes plaintiffs are entitled to external communications by Jean-Pierre and Dr. Fauci in their capacities as White House Press Secretary and Chief Medical Advisor to the President to third-party social media platforms,” Judge Doughty wrote in an order.
The top officials have 21 days from Tuesday’s order to answer questions from Missouri’s and Louisiana’s attorneys general, who took the federal government to court to obtain the records.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry brought a First Amendment lawsuit against the Biden administration over its suspected censorship in May and have worked with lawyers from the New Civil Liberties Alliance to unearth details in subsequent months.
The attorneys general revealed last week that they had obtained records showing federal officials across 11 agencies engaged in censorship and asked the judge to let them expand the lawsuit.
Judge Doughty on Tuesday allowed the attorneys to include others in the lawsuit but rejected a request to force various government officials to identify people at other federal agencies communicating with social media companies about censorship and misinformation. --->READ MORE HERE
Federal judge orders WH to turn over emails sent by Karine Jean-Pierre and Fauci to social media platforms after they were accused of 'trying to censor stories on Hunter Biden, COVID and mail-in voting':
A federal judge sided with Republican officials on Tuesday in ordering the White House to turn over messages discussing misinformation and content censorship with social media companies.
US District Judge Terry Doughty gave the Biden administration 21 days to hand over emails sent by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, according to the court filing.
The GOP attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana filed the lawsuit, accusing the Biden administration of politically weaponizing social media platforms to censor stories on Hunter Biden's laptop, mail-in voting and COVID-19 information.
Doughty - who was appointed by Donald Trump - cast aside the Justice Department's attempt to use executive privilege, claiming that it would only apply to internal administration emails. Emails with outside executives were fair game, he ruled.
Their correspondences are also 'obviously very relevant' to the case, the judge wrote in his 10-page opinion.
'Dr. Fauci’s communications would be relevant to Plaintiffs’ allegations in reference to alleged suppression of speech relating to the lab-leak theory of COVID-19’s origin, and to alleged suppression of speech about the efficiency of masks and COVID-19 lockdowns,' the court filing states.
'Jean-Pierre’s communications as White House Press Secretary could be relevant to all of Plaintiffs’ examples.' --->READ MORE HERE
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