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AG says Dr Fauci ‘remembers practically nothing’ about COVID response

Dr. Anthony Fauci was deposed by the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri on Wednesday in a lawsuit investigating social media censorship during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Republicans Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit in May against the Biden administration and other top government officials, accusing them of working with corporations. social media outlets to “censor and suppress freedom of expression—including truthful information—related to COVID-19, election integrity, and other topics under the guise of fighting ‘disinformation.'”

Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert who recently resigned as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was deposed for more than seven hours, according to a Tweeter de Landry, who called Fauci “the man who single-handedly destroyed America’s ‘science-based’ economy.”

“Only to find out he remembers next to nothing about his Covid response!” Landry added in reference to the meeting.

Landry and Schmitt were granted their request to file government officials by Louisiana federal judge Terry Doughty on Friday, according to a statement from Landry’s office. According to Doughty’s ruling, other officials the attorneys general plan to meet with include former White House senior COVID-19 adviser Andrew Slavitt and former White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki, both of whom have worked with President Joe Biden.

However, a New Orleans-based appeals court on Monday blocked Doughty’s approval for three of the requested depositions, Politico reported. According to the appeals court, Doughty did not discuss “in detail whether there were other means of obtaining the information sought by the plaintiffs” with surgeon general Vivek Murthy, the director of the Cybersecurity Agency and infrastructure security, Jen Easterly, and White House director of digital strategy, Rob Flaherty. .

White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci attends his final briefing on COVID-19 on Nov. 22, 2022. Fauci was deposed in a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Wednesday, which is accused of engaging in social media censorship.
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In the lawsuit, Landry and Schmitt allege that the Biden administration “threatened and cajoled” social media giants, such as Twitter and Facebook’s parent company, Meta, to censor users’ free speech. The 86-page document says the government does not have “power to censor disadvantaged speakers and viewpoints” on social media platforms under the First Amendment, and that “labeling speech as ‘misinformation’ or of “misinformation” does not remove First Amendment protections.

According to Politico, the New Orleans appeals court ‘exhibited some skepticism about the legal theory behind the case’ in its decision on Monday, and encouraged Doughty to consider the ‘viability’ of the lawsuit. before allowing the testimony to continue.

Other conservative leaders have also alleged that online platforms’ content rules deprive users of free speech, including Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who explained how “freedom of expression is dead” in a live video on his newly restored personal Twitter account on Monday. She was suspended from the platform in January for spreading false information about COVID-19.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, backed by a coalition of other Republican-led states, filed a brief in October with the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that went unfair. is speaking out against a Florida law banning “excessive censorship” by social media companies. from conservative viewpoints,” reports the SCOTUSBlog.

In the brief, Yost and other conservative attorneys general ask that the High Court “provide guidance and clarify that states may experiment with policies that discourage censorship while respecting the limits of the First Amendment.”

Newsweek contacted the White House for comment.


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