Federal Judge Overrules Jen Psaki, Orders Joe Biden’s Press Secretary To Testify In Landmark Speech Case
A federal judge overruled former White House press secretary Jen Psaki and ruled she must comply with a subpoena and testify in a lawsuit that claims the Biden administration colluded with Big Tech to censor speech.
Judge Terry Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana rejected a motion by attorneys for Psaki to block her court-ordered deposition. The judge decided there is public interest in “determining whether First Amendment free speech rights have been suppressed.”
Legal scholar Jonathan Turley said: “The concern for free speech advocates is that there is a type of censorship by surrogate, that Democratic leaders and other groups have used social media to silence opposing voices, and you’ve had a number of people who’ve been banned on social media or had tweets taken down that have been proven correct.
“The government is not allowed to do indirectly what it is prohibited from doing directly.”
Take a few moments to savor the smackdown Judge Doughty (presiding judge in Big Tech/regime lawsuit) said in his motion yesterday denying Jen Psaki's motion to quash subpoena for deposition.— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) November 22, 2022
Psaki tried to bypass his order—he didn't take it well: pic.twitter.com/Tg2Hzv7IDD
“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.
Republican Attorneys General Eric Schmitt of Missouri who filed the lawsuit said earlier:
“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.
“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.”
After watching reckless, Constitution-violating DC District court judges in action for 2 years, this almost makes me want to weep with joy pic.twitter.com/76tbJwGhv8— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) November 22, 2022
Just…LOL pic.twitter.com/zTfFOPK6cT— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) November 22, 2022