Earlier this year, a pair of Republican state attorneys general filed a lawsuit that alleged that several prominent officials within President Joe Biden’s administration were engaged in “collusion” with social media companies to censor and suppress information and narratives about COVID-19, and other things, that didn’t align with the administration’s own views.
A federal judge has now ordered 10 current and former administration officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, to be deposed as part of that lawsuit to determine their personal involvement in the alleged censorship, the Daily Caller reported.
Deposition requests granted
That lawsuit was filed jointly by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) in a Louisiana federal court, after they had obtained damning emails and text messages through a prior discovery order, and their request for additional in-person depositions of certain officials, including Fauci, was approved on Friday by District Judge Terry Doughty.
“BREAKING: The court has granted our request to depose Dr. Anthony Fauci, former White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan, and other Biden Administration officials relating to collusion with social media to suppress free speech,” AG Schmitt tweeted on Friday.
His tweet linked to the 28-page order from Judge Doughty that outlined the complaints of alleged censorship and collusion by various officials and explained for each one why the requests for depositions had been granted.
Why should Fauci be deposed? Let us count the ways
With regard to Dr. Fauci, the long-serving head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor for the White House, he was the first of the officials for whom a deposition was requested for “substantial reasons.”
Fauci is alleged to have coordinated efforts to censor, discredit, and suppress discussion of the “lab leak theory” with respect to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic in discussions with other officials, scientists, and social media executives, including Facebook/Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, among others.
He is also alleged to have played key roles in the censorship and suppression of the so-called Great Barrington Declaration that was highly critical of lockdowns and other extreme pandemic mitigations, as well as the censorship and suspension of Alex Berenson, an outspoken critic and dissident against the government’s pandemic response.
In addition to those issues, Fauci also stands accused of working to censor and suppress dissenting views on things like the efficacy of masks, herd immunity, taxpayer funding for dangerous “gain-of-function” research, and more.
Given all of that, and more, Judge Doughty agreed that Fauci had undoubtedly been engaged in the alleged behavior and, therefore, had pertinent and relevant information that was sought by the attorneys general, and as such, ordered the top bureaucrat to cooperate in a requested deposition.
Exposing the Biden administration’s “censorship enterprise”
As noted in AG Schmitt’s tweet, Judge Doughty also granted the requests for deposition for several other top Biden administration officials, including former White House press secretary Jen Psaki, former White House COVID Advisor Andy Slavitt, and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, among others.
“After finding documentation of a collusive relationship between the Biden Administration and social media companies to censor free speech, we immediately filed a motion to get these officials under oath,” Schmitt said in a statement. “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.”