House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan is sending subpoenas to two former Biden administration officials who pressured social media companies into censoring speech online.
Jordan is directing the subpoenas to former White House director of digital strategy Rob Flaherty and former Biden covid response team advisor Andy Slavitt for them to appear for depositions, according to letters obtained by the Daily Caller. (RELATED: FBI Agent Accused Of Lying About Censoring Hunter Biden Laptop Dodges Testimony Before Jim Jordan, Source Confirms)
READ THE LETTERS:
“As detailed in previous correspondence to you and your counsel, the Committee has obtained documents that demonstrate the central role you played in communicating the Biden White House’s censorship efforts to social media companies, including the White House’s demands to censor true information, memes, satire, and other constitutionally protected forms of expression,” Jordan wrote to Slavitt and Flaherty.
Flaherty is now deputy campaign manager for President Biden’s reelection campaign and Slavitt works in the private sector. The Judiciary Committee previously requested Slavitt and Flaherty appear for transcribed interviews.
Flaherty was identified in a set of documents Jordan shared Thursday morning showing the White House’s efforts to pressure YouTube into censoring videos. He and Slavitt both pressured Facebook and Instagram to take down speech in early 2021, according to documents shared by Jordan in July.
The actions taken by Slavitt and Flaherty are part of the ongoing Missouri v. Biden lawsuit on whether the federal government can coordinate with social media companies to censor speech. (RELATED: DHS Subdivision Played Central Role In Attempts To Censor Donald Trump, House Report Finds)
The Supreme Court is set to hear the case and paused an injunction by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals preventing certain government agencies from working with social media platforms on censoring speech.