The Biden administration tried to silence speech from some rather well-known figures, including Tomi Lahren, Tucker Carlson, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. However, it was evident that representatives of the Executive Office of the President were frequently pressuring Google, Facebook, and Twitter to comply with the Biden team’s request to shut down whatever they believed was counter to the narrative, particularly on issues like COVID.
The Republican attorneys general were also attempting to have Jen Psaki, a former press secretary for the White House, deposed in order to learn more about the social media case. However, the 5th Circuit just invalidated the lower court’s decision allowing the deposition, preventing their attempts to question her. Her evidence “did not merit the ‘exceptional circumstances’ needed to continue with depositions of former or current high-ranking government officials,” the Circuit Court stated in its ruling.
According to the Court, Psaki’s function as press secretary was to tell the media of the administration’s priorities rather than to create or carry out policy. The Court said that not enough evidence was presented in the case file to “show that Psaki had unique first-hand information that would justify the extreme measure of deposing a high-ranking executive officer,” according to the court. The Court rejected the allegation that she became a part of the scheme since she made remarks urging social media providers to remove their “COVID disinformation.”
Despite this, Louisiana’s attorney general, Jeff Landry, said, “We have no issues with the court’s request. We anticipate learning more in the future.”
I believe the Court ought to have permitted it given the major involvement of the Executive Office of the President that I previously wrote about. There is a lot to learn from this, as it demonstrates that several EOP officials were involved. The attorneys general will still be able to obtain more records and evidence even though they might not be able to subpoena Psaki. It is very unlikely that the Biden campaign will be able to escape this situation.