Jen Psaki was facing her day on the hot seat.
It was a blockbuster case that could blow the lid off the worst scandal of the Biden administration.
Jen Psaki just learned her fate in court, and no one saw this mind-blowing decision coming.
Louisiana and Missouri Attorneys General Jeff Landry and Eric Schmitt previously won a decision in court handed down by District Court Judge Terry Doughty ordering Jen Psaki to testify in their lawsuit against the Biden administration.
Attorneys General Landry and Schmitt sued Biden over the administration illegally pressuring social media companies to censor critics of Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine policies.
The lawsuit already bore fruit producing documentation that the administration ordered Facebook and Twitter to take down the accounts of critics like Alex Berenson and others on Joe Biden’s enemies list.
The Supreme Court previously ruled that it was a First Amendment violation for the government to order a private entity to censor content that the government could not otherwise on its own.
As press secretary, Jen Psaki possessed a unique insight into the administration’s strategy to censor the internet to silence Joe Biden’s political opposition.
But the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in and blocked Psaki from testifying under the legal doctrine that former government officials only had to testify about matters which they had immediate knowledge of.
Judges Edith Clement, Leslie Southwick and Stephen Higginson authored a unanimous opinion ruling on Psaki’s statements from the White House press briefing room demanding Facebook and Twitter censor opponents of Biden’s COVID mandates.
“The plaintiffs argue that a deposition is required in order to, among other things, illuminate the meaning of these statements. Much of this desired illumination, though, is apparent from the record,” the justices wrote. “In a similar vein, the plaintiffs say they need to uncover the identities of government officials and social media platforms mentioned in Psaki’s statements. The record is already replete with such information.”
“As Press Secretary, Psaki’s role was to inform the media of the administration’s priorities, not to develop or execute policy,” the judges added. “Unsurprisingly, then, the record does not demonstrate that Psaki has unique first-hand knowledge that would justify the extraordinary measure of deposing a high-ranking executive official.”
Attorney General Landry dismissed the idea that the ruling would derail the lawsuit and expressed his confidence that the discovery process would yield more evidence of administration wrongdoing.
“We have no problem with the court’s request. We look forward to obtaining more discovery,” Landry declared.
This lawsuit was the first prominent and successful pushback on the Big Tech censorship of conservative speech.
Elon Musk releasing the Twitter Files exposing the symbiotic relationship between the FBI, the Democrat Party, and Big Tech in censoring dissenting speech only raised the stakes of this lawsuit.
But unfortunately, judges delayed Jen Psaki’s day on the witness stand.
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