District court orders Fauci to testify in Big Tech collusion lawsuit

by Jacob Fuller

Lauren C. Moye, FISM News

 

Dr. Antony Fauci, chief medical advisor to the U.S. president, and other top Biden officials have been ordered to testify regarding allegations they colluded with Big Tech companies to censor COIVD-19 information that challenged their assertions.

On Oct. 21, a new court filing from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana sided with Louisiana and Missouri attorneys general that the testimonies of top Biden officials were needed in the investigation of whether or not government leaders colluded or coerced social media companies to suppress opposing viewpoints.

These allegations include suppressing Hunter Biden’s incriminating laptop story ahead of the 2020 presidential election and steering public conversation on COVID-19 toward beliefs that would benefit key officials. Fauci features heavily in the latter part of the potential scandal.

“After reviewing the Plaintiffs and the Defendants’ arguments, the Court finds that Plaintiffs have proven that Dr. Fauci has personal knowledge about the issue concerning censorship across social media as it related to COVID-19 and ancillary issues of COVID-19,” the 28-page court order reads concerning Fauci’s deposition, shortly before ordering the medical advisor to cooperate with the deposition. “The Court has no doubt that Dr. Fauci was engaging in communications with high-ranking social-media officials, which is extremely relevant in the matter at hand.”

The attorneys general celebrated the news in a statement.

“It is high time we shine a light on this censorship enterprise and force these officials to come clean to the American people, and this ruling will allow us to do just that. We’ll keep pressing for the truth,” stated Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry celebrated the ruling on Twitter.

According to the plaintiff’s statements, Fauci has been directly involved with “multiple social media censorship campaigns.”

On top of inciting the censorship of posts questioning the Biden administration’s Covid responses, there are two big moments that the attorneys general have pointed to as evidence of collusion or coercion.

They accuse Fauci of seeking to squash and discredit early rumors that the virus was designed in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where it then leaked and ultimately became a pandemic. Because Fauci had funded ‘gain-of-function’ research ⁠at the Wuhan lab— in contrast to his own claims, but in accordance with multiple doctors and Fauci’s own NIH ⁠— he could be potentially implicated in the virus’ origins and the subsequent deaths of millions worldwide.

Fauci engaged in communications with Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, around the time that other leading scientists signed statements discrediting the lab-leak theory. Following this meeting, Facebook began cracking down on ‘misinformation’ regarding the theory.

By Nov. 2021, an FBI assessment found that the lab-leak theory was most likely true. China has resisted further investigation into the origins of the virus, calling the theory “totally a lie.”

Fauci was also allegedly involved in securing a permanent Twitter ban on Alex Berenson according to Schmitt and Landry. Berenson objected to COVID vaccinations with science-based information but was still punished for spreading misinformation.

According to the filing, Pfizer was instrumental in pressuring Twitter to punish Berenson after Fauci had publicly criticized Berenson’s views as “horrifying” during a White House press meeting. The attorneys general have also pointed to a Pfizer email referencing Fauci’s safety if Berenson was not de-platformed as further evidence of collusion.

Accordingly, Schmitt and Landry “argue that even if Dr. Fauci can prove he never communicated with social media platforms about censorship, there are compelling reasons that suggest Dr. Fauci has acted through intermediaries, and acted on behalf of others, in procuring the social-media censorship of credible scientific opinions.”

The attorneys general originally filed their case on May 5 of this year. On Oct. 10, they requested the depositions.

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