Biden Admin Must Hand Over Documents On Alleged Censorship Scheme

(FreedomBeacon.com)- A federal judge in Louisiana ordered on Wednesday that the press secretary for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the president, must turn over any emails they sent to social media companies about misinformation or censorship of content on social media platforms within the next 21 days.

The ruling was issued as part of a lawsuit initially filed in May and accused the administration of former Vice President Joe Biden of working in conjunction with social media companies to stifle free speech. The lawsuit was filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.

The Department of Justice has asserted that turning over the documents might reveal internal communications; however, Judge Terry Doughty’s order dismissed this line of reasoning as irrelevant.

According to a report from The Kansas City Star, the White House started a campaign in 2018 to encourage Facebook and other social media giants to step up their fight against misinformation about COVID-19 on their platforms. Many conservatives saw this move as an attempt to stifle their right to express their opinions freely.

Schmitt’s office expressed their delight in the decision made by the court and stated in a press release that the American people deserve answers on how the federal government has colluded with social media companies to censor free speech on these major platforms. “We will continue to fight to uncover more of this vast censorship enterprise,” the office said.

According to reports, the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana had previously successfully obtained and released records demonstrating that officials from several federal agencies had made contact with social media companies to coordinate censorship of content on those platforms.

The court’s ruling stated that government defendants must answer discovery requests connected to several specific Health and Human Service officials. However, the court denied the request of the plaintiffs to force those defendants to answer discovery requests about other agencies. The court stated that government defendants must answer discovery requests connected to several specific Health and Human Service officials.