Jen Psaki, former White House press secretary, was hit hard Friday when she tried to stop a subpoena that had been issued to her regarding a case involving free speech and which was being defended by Republican attorneys general for Missouri (and Louisiana).
Alexandria, Virginia federal judge rejected her arguments. These were supported by the Justice Department. The case was returned to Louisiana, where Psaki’s deposition demand was approved.
Psaki’s argument revolved around the idea that her subpoena to depose was an undue burden.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana gave its approval to the request of the Republican attorneys general for Psaki’s removal, along with Dr. Anthony Fauci, and a few other Biden administration officials. Former President Donald Trump appointed the judge who granted the go-ahead.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry requested the deposition in a case involving free speech. The case was filed in May. They claim that the Biden administration conspired with Big Tech in order to suppress speech about COVID-19 and election integrity as well as other subjects unfairly.
Psaki stirred ire among conservatives last year by claiming at the White House podium, that the administration was “flagging problematic post for Facebook that spread misinformation.” The Republican pair sought further information on the content flagging apparatus of the Biden administration.
According to CBS, attorneys for Psaki claimed that the two attorneys general had already accumulated most of the materials they need from those that were given to them.
Psaki’s eleven lawyers reportedly attended Friday’s courtroom hearing on the matter. However, she was absent.
According to reports, a DOJ lawyer hinted that he would appeal the decision. For comment, the Washington Examiner reached out for Schmitt or Landry representatives.