A federal court has denied President Joe Biden’s request to block the deposition of an FBI agent.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt tweeted Monday that the deposition of FBI Special Agent in Charge Elvis Chan will move forward. Meta previously identified Chan as the FBI agent the company communicated with before it censored stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
“...In our lawsuit against the Biden Administration for colluding with social media companies to censor speech, the deposition of an FBI official will move forward after our big win in Court earlier today,” Schmitt tweeted, including screenshots of the court order.
The court was clear that no special treatment would be given in the suit:
“If Chan played no role in the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, then such information will be made clear in his deposition.”
Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed the lawsuit accusing officials in the Biden administration of colluding with Big Tech companies to censor posts concerning different topics, including COVID-19, to prevent the spread of so-called “misinformation.”
NewsBusters reported in October that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered the deposition of Dr. Anthony Fauci and former White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki, among others.
The court said in its order granting the request that Fauci had “personal knowledge” about online censorship related to COVID-19:
“Plaintiffs have proven that Dr. Fauci has personal knowledge about the issue concerning censorship across social media as it related to COVID-19 and ancillary issues of COVID-19. The Court has considered that Dr. Fauci is a high-ranking official, especially as he is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the President. The Court sees the only potential burden imposed on Dr. Fauci as a result of him being deposed is that of his time.”
The lawsuit specifically cites original research from MRC’s CensorTrack that details pro-Biden censorship 646 times between March 10, 2020, and March 10, 2022.
MRC also found that social media platforms purposefully censored New York Post stories covering the Hunter Biden laptop scandal in a way that helped sway the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden.
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