WASHINGTON-Dr. Anthony Fauci was questioned for several hours Wednesday by two states’ Republican attorneys general in a lawsuit alleging that he and other White House officials relied on social media companies to fuel the debate about COVID-19 restrict the peak pandemic.
Eric Schmitt and Jeff Landry, chief law enforcement officials in Missouri and Louisiana respectively, announced Tuesday that questioning of Fauci would continue after a federal judge cleared the way for them last month.
“Since we filed our landmark lawsuit, we’ve uncovered documents and discoveries that show clear coordination between the Biden administration and social media companies in censoring speech, but we’re not done yet,” Schmitt said in one Explanation. “We plan to get answers on behalf of the American people. Stay tuned.”
“We all deserve to know how much Dr. Fauci was involved in censoring the American people during the COVID pandemic,” Landry chimed in, speaking acquitted.”
Fauci’s testimony, which began at 8 a.m., is being sealed by court order, Fox News reported Wednesday.
The lawsuit filed by Schmitt and Landry in May alleges that the White House was involved in a “censorship operation” in which federal officials worked with social media giants like Facebook and Twitter to restrict the dissemination of statements deemed “misinformation.” on issues like the coronavirus, the 2020 election and the Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden’s overseas business interests.
In late August, Schmitt and Landry charged that “dozens of federal officials were in at least 11 federal agencies,” including the Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security — as well as the Census Bureau, Food and Drug Administration, FBI, State Department and Treasury Department aware of or participated in the initiative.
In October, US District Judge Terry Doughty, Louisiana, agreed with Schmitt and Landry that both Fauci and former White House press secretary Jen Psaki should be impeached.
“The plaintiffs allege that they should not be required to tell Dr. To simply accept Fauci’s ‘self-serving blanket denials’ issued by anyone other than himself at face value,” wrote Doughty. “The court agrees.”
The judge added that Fauci “undoubtedly” communicated with “senior social media officials,” while Psaki admitted during a July 2021 briefing that the administration “flags problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.”
“‘The major platforms have a responsibility to the health and safety of all Americans to stop spreading untrustworthy content, disinformation, and misinformation, particularly regarding COVID-19, vaccines, and elections,'” Doughty wrote in his order and quoted Psaki from a May 2021 briefing.
On Monday, the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked Doughty’s order that Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Agency Director for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Jen Easterly, and White House Director for Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty, as part of the lawsuit should also be dismissed.
The three-member panel ruled that the lower court failed to properly consider whether the information Schmitt and Landry sought could be obtained by other means, “such as through further written discoveries or testimonies from lower-level officials.”
“It is not sufficient, as the district court noted, that these officers may have ‘personal knowledge’ of certain communications,” the appeals court added. “This knowledge may be widespread or of only marginal importance compared to the ‘potential burden’ imposed on the depositor.”
Psaki’s testimony is scheduled for December 8, although the now MSNBC host has launched a legal battle to prevent the interview.