Democrat President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has been subpoenaed in a lawsuit case over allegations he colluded with Big Tech companies and others to censor free speech.
Fauci, along with White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, other Biden administration officials, and five social media companies, were issued with subpoenas and have 30 days to respond.
As Slay News previously reported, Missouri Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry were given the green light to proceed with the discovery phase of the trial.
They were granted permission by Trump-appointed U.S. District Court Judge Terry Doughty a ruling last week.
In addition to Fauci and Jean-Pierre, discovery requests were served to ask for information and documents from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Jen Easterly and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and Nina Jankowicz, who led the DHS Disinformation Governance Board until it was disbanded.
Third-party subpoenas were served to Silicon Valley giants Twitter, YouTube, Meta (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp), and LinkedIn.
A media release from Schmitt, a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for the seat of retiring U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, said information was requested in identifying all communications with any social media platform relating to content modulation and/or misinformation
The suit requests all communications with Mark Zuckerberg from Jan. 1, 2020, to the present.
Also requested were any communications to any social media platform relating to the “Great Barrington Declaration.”
The “Great Barrington Declaration” is a letter published in October 2020 in response to COVID-19 policies that recommended “focused protection” — an approach to reaching herd immunity by allowing those at minimal risk of death to live normal lives by building up immunity through natural infection while protecting those at highest risk.
“In May, Missouri and Louisiana filed a landmark lawsuit against top-ranking Biden Administration officials for allegedly colluding with social media giants to suppress free speech on topics like COVID-19 and election security,” Schmitt said in a statement.
“Earlier this month, a federal court granted our motion for expedited discovery, allowing us to collect important documents from Biden Administration officials.
“Yesterday, we served discovery requests and today served third-party subpoenas to do exactly that.
“We will fight to get to the bottom of this alleged collusion and expose the suppression of freedom of speech by social-media giants at the behest of top-ranking government officials.”