A federal judge in Louisiana ruled that the Biden administration would need to turn over all email communications by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Dr. Anthony Fauci to social media platforms over alleged misinformation or other potential censorship.
Judge Terry Doughty, was originally appointed by former President Donald Trump and is now part of a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, in which they are accusing the administration of suppressing free speech. Specifically, this refers to some of the theories about the origins of COVID-19, lockdowns, and other such issues.
The Justice Department previously objected to having over any of the email communications stating executive privilege and presidential communications privilege however Doughty has ruled that these communications should be handed through as they are external communication with third-party platforms.
Schmitt, who is running for U.S. Senate in Missouri, posted on Twitter the recent update to his lawsuit. He has also stated regarding his original filing that there has been a lot of censorship and suppression of free speech that has been done under the guise of “‘disinformation’,’ misinformation and ‘misinformation’.”
Following the ruling, an administration official has defended the administration saying that from the start of the pandemic the administration was focused on providing factually accurate information to the American people. The official also said that they have always supported freedom of speech, but it is also important for all platforms to present factual information as misinformation could cost lives.