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Republican Attorney General Andrew Bailey of Missouri said that his office would use “every tool” at its disposal to “root out” an “enterprise of censorship” built by the Biden administration, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Bailey’s remarks came just weeks after he was sworn into office on Jan. 3 to replace former Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who now represents the state in the U.S. Senate, according to the Missouri Independent. A military veteran, Bailey served as the counsel to Missouri Governor Mike Parson prior to his appointment to the attorney general’s office.
The new attorney general inherited several cases from the outgoing Schmitt, most notable among them a lawsuit against the Biden administration that alleges that the White House and other federal agencies — including the FBI and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — violated the First Amendment by pressuring social media companies to censor “disfavored” speech.
Documents that have already been released through the discovery process, in addition to public statements by the administration, indicate that the federal government took advantage of its position of power over social media platforms to silence people, Bailey said.
“It’s not just collusion between federal bureaucrats and big tech social media cronies, it’s coercion,” Bailey told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“The Biden administration bullied and coerced big tech social media into censoring their disfavored speech. They did this by threatening sanction against big tech social media in the form of antitrust suits and in the form of a repeal of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which is the gravy train for these big tech social media companies.”
Schmitt — alongside Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who is also a plaintiff in the case — in October sought the deposition of former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, alongside several other top administration officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci, former chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden.
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