Jen Psaki has been trying to get out of a subpoena that would have her deposed in a case about the Biden administration and social media censorship or speech.
The lawsuit was filed in May by Republican Attorney Generals for both Missouri and Louisiana, accusing Psaki and others of colluding with social media companies to censor people.
But a federal judge has ruled that Psaki must be deposed in this case and cannot get out of this subpoena.
Here’s more via Fox News:
A federal judge ruled Monday that former White House press secretary Jen Psaki must comply with a subpoena and offer deposition in a lawsuit that claims the Biden administration colluded with Big Tech to censor speech.
Judge Terry Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana on Monday rejected a motion by attorneys for Psaki to block a court-ordered deposition, and said there is public interest in “determining whether First Amendment free speech rights have been suppressed.”
Monday’s order follows a ruling from U.S. Magistrate Judge Ivan Davis, who on Friday transferred the case back to Louisiana after Psaki attempted to fight the deposition in a Virginia court where she lives and would be deposed. Biden’s Justice Department supported her 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,” John J. Vecchione, senior counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance, said in a press statement. NCLA supports the lawsuit against Psaki.
Republican Attorneys General Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana first filed the lawsuit in May, 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.
In October, Judge Doughty ruled that Psaki and other high-ranking administration officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, should be deposed.
Psaki is on record admitting this collusion between the Biden administration and companies like Facebook and Twitter and I would be that’s part of the basis for this case.
I’m glad this federal judge isn’t allowing Psaki to get out of this and, in case you are wondering, Doughty was appointed by President Trump.