A federal judge has mandated that the federal government produce its communications in order to learn more about the interactions it has had with major tech firms.
According to NBC station KPVI, Republican Attorneys General Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana requested a discovery order, which US District Court Judge Terry Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana approved on Tuesday.
During a discovery phase of a lawsuit alleging collaboration to censor free expression, a court ordered President Joe Biden, officials of his administration, and a few social media corporations to turn over records and respond to inquiries within the following 30 days.
Biden, eight senior members of his administration, and the government are accused of conspiring with Meta, Twitter, and YouTube to censor “disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social medial platforms,” according to a lawsuit filed in May by the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri.
Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana decided on Tuesday that the discovery procedure has “good cause” and established a timeline with specified dates for depositions.
Republican Senate candidate in Missouri and current attorney general Eric Schmitt said, “In May, Missouri and Louisiana filed a landmark lawsuit against top-ranking Biden Administration officials for allegedly colluding with social media giants to suppress freedom of speech on a number of topics, including the origins of COVID-19, the efficiency of masks, and election integrity.”
“Today, the Court granted our motion for discovery, paving the way for my office to gather important documents to get to the bottom of that alleged collusion. This is a huge development,” they added.
The lawsuit asserts that the federal government overstepped its bounds and that the Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security violated the Administrative Procedure Act by labeling information as “misinformation” and “disinformation” in violation of the First Amendment.
The now-disbanded “Disinformation Governance Board,” according to the lawsuit, also allegedly withheld information on the Hunter Biden laptop narrative before the 2020 presidential election, the origin of COVID-19, the effectiveness of masks, and COVID-19 lockdowns, and election integrity.