Left to right: Matthew Seligman, Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, Attorney John Sauer
The Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government held a hearing on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. ET. The hearing examined and discussed the ongoing Missouri v. Biden case challenging the administration’s violation of the First Amendment by directing social media companies to censor and suppress Americans’ free speech.
The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft is the lead plaintiff in the case against the Biden administration’s extensive censorship industrial complex.
The Gateway Pundit previously reported in May that Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, along with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, filed a lawsuit (Missouri v. Biden) against the Biden Administration, including Biden himself, Anthony Fauci, the Department of Homeland Security, and nearly a dozen federal agencies and Secretaries.
The suit alleges a massive coordinated effort by the Deep State (permanent administrative state) to work with Big Tech to censor and manipulate Americans – from average citizens to news outlets – on issues including the Hunter Biden Laptop from Hell, 2020 Election Integrity, COVID-19 origin and extent skepticism, COVID-19 vaccine skepticism, among other issues.
Here’s a copy of the First Amended Complaint.
In June, The Gateway Pundit began assisting Missouri AG Schmitt’s team and providing critical evidence of Facebook and Twitter censorship of the Gateway Pundit on all of these issues.
Evidence from The Gateway Pundit was later submitted to the Louisiana Federal Court.
In August, we reported that TGP’s Jim Hoft himself became the lead non-governmental plaintiff in the lawsuit against the government.
Earlier this month Louisiana Judge Doughty issued his Order DENYING the Government’s MOTION TO DISMISS.
Now that the Government lost its main effort to crush us, the real war begins. Having lost this crucial battle, the Government will be compelled to engage in full, “general” discovery. This means that Missouri, Louisiana, Gateway Pundit, and the rest of plaintiffs will be empowered to conduct a wide-ranging investigation into the Government’s fascist conspiracy with Big Tech to shut down speech, censor thought, and engage in population manipulation through information control.
This morning Senator Eric Schmitt, AG Jeff Landry, and Attorney John Sauer testified before Jim Jordan’s Hearing on the Weaponization of the Federal Government committee.
Here is the live video feed.
And here are several pulled quotes from Attorney John Sauer‘s testimony.
“A veritable army of federal officials pressures, threatens, coerces, colludes with, demands, and deceives social-media platforms to censor online speech. Even worse, federal officials collaborate with private entities and social-media platforms on mass-surveillance and masscensorship projects targeting the speech of ordinary American citizens.”
“Truth is not the goal of this federal “Censorship Enterprise.” The censors have been proven wrong again and again, including on politically seismic issues—such as the origins of COVID-19, the Hunter Biden laptop story, the efficacy of lockdowns, COVID “breakthrough” infections, and natural immunity, among many others. Each time the censors are proven wrong, the censorship continues unabashed—and expands. That is because now, as at every other time in history, the goal of censorship is not promoting truth, but obtaining, preserving, and expanding political power.”
“The scope of this federal “Censorship Enterprise” is enormous. Some numbers put this in perspective. In response to third-party subpoenas directing them to identify the federal officials who communicate with them about misinformation and censorship, Twitter disclosed 84 officials, see Exhibit 2, and Facebook disclosed 45 officials—and the latter list is likely underinclusive.
“When ordered to produce their communications with social-media platforms about misinformation and censorship, a handful of federal agencies handed over 20,500 pages of documents. The evidence indicates that at least twenty White House officials are or were involved in such communications—and probably more. FBI Agent Elvis Chan testified that the FBI alone sends encrypted lists of social-media accounts, URLS, etc.—sometimes containing hundreds of accounts and URLs in each list—to platforms for censorship “one to five times per month.” No less than eight FBI agents in the San Francisco office alone are involved in federal censorship activities.”
“The “Election Integrity Partnership” (EIP)—a censorship consortium of academics, think thanks, federal and state government officials, and social-media platforms—boasts that it surveilled 859 million Tweets, and tracked 21,897,364 Tweets on “tickets” as “misinformation,” in 2020 alone. Again, that is one social-media platform in one election cycle—and the EIP deals with many platforms and appears to be active in every cycle.”