Missouri, Louisiana AGs Subpoena Biden Officials, Big Tech Giants Over Alleged Collusion

July 27th, 2022 3:57 PM

State attorneys general have served subpoenas to current and former Biden administration officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Nina Jankowicz. 

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry sent the subpoenas and discovery requests as part of an ongoing lawsuit accusing the Biden administration of colluding with Big Tech to censor free speech.

A lawsuit filed by the states of Louisiana and Missouri says that government officials, including President Joe Biden himself, colluded with Big Tech to censor free speech under the pretext of fighting so-called “misinformation,” “disinformation” and “malinformation.” 

Officials and government departments served with discovery requests include National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Fauci, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), among others.

The attorneys general sued officials and agencies including White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, and former Disinformation Governance Board Executive Director and “Mary Poppins of disinformation” Jankowicz.

Schmitt and Landry sent “third-party subpoenas” to several Big Tech companies, too: Twitter, Meta (Facebook), Instagram, Google’s YouTube, and Microsoft’s LinkedIn.

The U.S. government actively promoted Big Tech censorship on COVID-19 issues, pressuring tech companies several times to step up censorship. 

Then-White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said last year that the Biden administration was flagging “disinformation” on Facebook. Murthy in July 2021 declared he was “urging all Americans to help slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”

The Biden administration also attempted to start an Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board. After putting the DGB on “pause,” the White House then launched a “disinformation” task force.

The Schmitt/Landry lawsuit specifically cited original research from Media Research Center and its unique CensorTrack database to support its case.

MRC Free Speech America in April published its findings of 646 cases in CensorTrack of pro-Biden censorship between March 10, 2020, and March 10, 2022. The tally included cases from Biden’s presidential candidacy through the first year of his presidency. 

MRC found that Big Tech’s cancellation of the Hunter Biden scandals, covered by the New York Post, helped sway the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden.

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.