This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
An old-line banking corporation has launched an attack on vaccine skeptic Dr. Joseph Mercola by closing his business account, according to a report from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The publication said it obtained copies of documents showing the accounts closed by JPMorgan Chase include those for Mercola's business, Mercola Market, officers of his company and an officer's wife.
The report explained Mercola Market is a Florida-based health business.
The reason for the closures was unspecified.
It was on July 13 that the banking corporation told the account holders they had until September 10 to finish any transactions under those accounts.
The accounts were in the names of Mercola Market, CEO Steven A. Rye and his wife, as well as CFO Amy Legaspi.
"We decided to close your accounts because of unexpected activity on this or another Chase account," the bank said in its notification letters.
It did not provide any further explanation.
A Chase official told Rye, in a voicemail, "I was told for legal reasons they cannot tell me why they are closing the accounts."
That official said it might be possible to restore the accounts, but there was "no guarantee."
"I believe they cancelled all of the accounts because of Dr. Mercola’s (our employer) opinions," Rye told the foundation. "He … co-authored the best selling book The Truth About COVID-19 which exposed the likelihood that this virus was engineered in a laboratory funded by the NIH. He correctly predicted the vaccines would not prevent transmission or infection of COVID-19. He has been directly censored by the Biden administration and is being targeted by politically weaponized agencies."
Despite, or perhaps because of, Mercola's work to distribute accurate information about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines, the British nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate cited him for alleged "disinformation."
That report led to him being censored on Twitter for vaccine misinformation, according to a recent batch of Twitter Files posted by journalist Paul D. Thacker, the foundation report said.
JPMorgan Chase previously was under suspicion for using its power to discriminate based on political and religious beliefs.
The foundation said David Bahnsen, founder of the Bahnsen Group, put forward a shareholder resolution in April urging a review of the bank's discrimination policies concerning religious and political beliefs.
That followed media reports the company canceled accounts for customers because they are Christian or conservative.