Federal Judge Gives Jen Psaki a Direct Order – The Former Press Sec Must Play Ball in White House Lawsuit
By Ben Dutka|November 22, 2022
Federal Judge Gives Jen Psaki a Direct Order – The Former Press Sec Must Play Ball in White House Lawsuit

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki might be out of Washington, but her role in politics isn’t over.

That especially includes a lawsuit involving the Biden administration and the First Amendment. Psaki won’t be able to avoid the controversy, as her testimony will be required in this case.

A federal judge just said quite simply — she must comply.

Back in May, Republican Attorneys General Eric Schmitt (MO) and Jeff Landry (LA) filed the lawsuit in question, which alleges that government officials colluded with Big Tech to stifle free speech.

They specifically cited social media goliaths Meta, Twitter, and YouTube for suppressing 1A “under the guise of combating misinformation.”

Then in October, Judge Terry Doughty ordered that former press secretary Psaki and Dr. Anthony Fauci should be deposed. Unsurprisingly, neither has stepped forward to give testimony just yet.

But it sounds like they’ll have to at some point. From 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.’

Initially, Psaki tried to fight the deposition in a Virginia court, and Biden’s Justice Department backed her.

However, two judges took quick action – the one in Virginia and another in Louisiana – and determined her reasons for not testifying were “implausible.”

As senior counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance John J. Vecchione said:

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.

Ever since the pandemic hit, millions of Americans have accused Big Tech and the government of censoring their right to free speech.

“Vaccine deniers” were lumped into the same “dangerous” group as election deniers, and those who even dared to question either faced punishment on social media. Bans and suspensions seemed common.

And according to those affected by this, the Biden administration was on board with this suppression of the First Amendment.

As a result, many citizens have pushed back against the “misinformation” agenda, saying it’s not about protecting the people against false information. Instead, it’s about suppressing all viewpoints but one.

As Schmitt said when he reacted to the October 21 ruling:

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.

Key Takeaways:

  • A federal judge has ruled that former White House press secretary Jen Psaki must obey a subpoena.
  • She has to give testimony in a lawsuit accusing the government of colluding with Big Tech to squash Freedom of Speech.
  • The plaintiffs argue that social media giants like Meta and Twitter violated the 1A rights of millions of Americans.

Source: Fox News

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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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