Rep. Jim Jordan Accuses Biden Administration of Censoring “First Amendment Speech” Based on New Documents

Republican Representative Jim Jordan from Ohio made serious accusations against the Biden administration on Thursday, alleging that they are engaging in the censorship of “First Amendment speech.” These claims came to light after the House Judiciary Committee obtained new documents related to the matter.

Rep. Jordan took to Twitter earlier to share revelations from documents provided by Facebook to the House Judiciary Committee. These documents shed new light on the pressure exerted by the White House on social media platforms to combat what they considered to be “misinformation.” In particular, the White House was reported to have asked Facebook to censor Fox News host Tucker Carlson due to his statements about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. These details had been previously released by Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry of Louisiana back in January.

The allegations raised by Rep. Jim Jordan have further fueled the ongoing debate surrounding free speech and online content moderation. As the issue gains attention, it continues to be a subject of contention between lawmakers and the tech industry, with broader implications for the principles of free expression and digital governance in the United States.

“They knew it was wrong. One of those Facebook executives said ‘This is a significant incursion into the boundaries of free expression.’ That is a fancy way of saying this violates the First Amendment for goodness sake,” Jordan told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “But, because they were – the White House was outraged, because Jen Psaki stood there at the podium what you played, in the White House and demanded this happen because the White House was demanding it and they wanted to keep their cozy relationship with the Biden Administration, they censored First Amendment speech.”

Jordan noted that one of the posts the Biden administration wanted censored was a meme that was a parody of commercials from law firms who handle class-action lawsuits.

“We had that great federal court decision on July 4th in the Western District of Louisiana, great decision. So, I don’t think it’s going on now. But we got to make sure it doesn’t go on in the future, it doesn’t happen because we have this amazing thing in the greatest country ever called the First Amendment,” Jordan said.

United States District Judge Terry A. Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued an injunction Tuesday prohibiting Biden administration officials with multiple agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Health and Human Services, from contacting social media companies to push for “the removal, deletion, suppression, or reduction of content containing protected free speech.”

“Rand Paul and I have introduced legislation, Senator Paul, which would say if you are in the government and doing what was happening there, you get fired, you don’t get your pension benefits, there could be civil liability that you are subject to, you lose any security clearance you may have,” Jordan said. “We want real penalties for people in the government engaging what Professor [Jonathan] Turley called this censorship by surrogate.”

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