There’s been a huge development in the Missouri v. Biden lawsuit, filed in May by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. The lawsuit accuses the Biden Admin and Big Tech of colluding to censor and manipulate information on issues including Hunter Biden’s laptop, 2020 election integrity, and COVID-19 (the origin, COVID-19 skepticism, COVID-19 vaccine skepticism, and other related issues).
Yesterday, AG Schmitt and AG Landry filed a joint statement on discovery disputes, asking the Louisiana District Court to compel the DOJ to turn over communications between high-ranking Biden Admin officials, the FBI, and others (DHS, CDC, NIAID, the Census Bureau, the US Surgeon General, the State Department, the Treasury), and social media companies. The DOJ has already turned over communications between several federal officials and social media companies but has refused to provide communications between top-ranking officials and social media companies.
A copy of the joint statement can be seen here:
The communications already provided by the Department of Justice to the plaintiff states show, as the joint statement points out, a vast “Censorship Enterprise” across a multitude of federal agencies. In response to Missouri and Louisiana’s interrogatories, defendants identified 45 federal officials at DHS, CISA, the CDC, NIAID, and the Office of the Surgeon General (all of which are contained in either DHS or HHS) that communicate with social media platforms about “misinformation” and censorship. The joint statement points out, “But in those responses, Defendants did not provide information about any federal officials at other federal agencies of whom they are aware who engage in such communications with social-media platforms about misinformation and censorship, though Plaintiffs had specifically asked for this highly relevant information. Defendants’ document production, however, reveals that such officials at other federal agencies exist—for example, their emails include extensive copying of officials at the Census Bureau, and they also include communications involving the Departments of Treasury and State.”
A senior Facebook official sent an email to the Surgeon General stating, “I know our teams met today to better understand the scope of what the White House expects from us on misinformation going forward.” This email chain follows the SG’s “misinformation health advisory” in July 2021: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/free-speech-pitch-thread-docs/hhs-fb-email-1.pdf?sfvrsn=53bc4454_2
The same senior official sent a later email to HHS and noted, “Thanks again for taking the time to meet earlier today.” Then, the official continued to discuss how Facebook is taking even more steps to censor freedom of speech: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/free-speech-pitch-thread-docs/hhs-fb-exhibit.pdf?sfvrsn=55bd83df_2
Twitter scheduled a meeting to debrief top White House officials on “vaccine misinformation.”: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/free-speech-pitch-thread-docs/twitter-vaccine-meeting-wh.pdf?sfvrsn=6599e359_2b
There are instances where Facebook wouldn’t proceed with censoring until they had input from the CDC. Twitter followed the same course in at least one email.
The CDC also proposed a monthly pre-debunking meeting with Facebook to help them censor free speech (https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/free-speech-pitch-thread-docs/cdc-fb-monthly-debunk.pdf?sfvrsn=3508a21f_2) as well as regular “Be on the Lookout” calls with major social media outlets: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/free-speech-pitch-thread-docs/cdc-bolo-meeting.pdf?sfvrsn=9a060658_2
A White House official was even concerned about parody Fauci accounts and coordinated with FB to take them down: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/free-speech-pitch-thread-docs/fake-fauci.pdf?sfvrsn=a9d8f2bf_2
The joint petition can be found here: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/free-speech-pitch-thread-docs/doc-71—joint-statement-on-discovery-disputes.pdf?sfvrsn=3b968800_2
This development comes just days after Meta/Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted in an interview with Joe Rogan, that Facebook manipulated and decreased the distribution of information regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop, via the use of algorithms, following a request by the FBI. We reported it here: