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Federal judge denies Psaki's request to quash subpoena in censorship lawsuit

"Psaki must show an 'undue burden,' not simply a burden," the judge wrote.

Published: November 21, 2022 1:48pm

Updated: November 21, 2022 2:44pm

A federal judge on Monday quashed former Biden White House press secretary Jen Psaki's request to not comply with a subpoena issued in a lawsuit alleging government colluded with media to suppress opposing viewpoints.

Louisiana Western District Court Judge Terry Doughty, a Trump appointee, wrote in his ruling that Psaki must "Psaki must show an " 'undue burden,' not simply a burden."

"Having to prepare for the deposition and to give the deposition are examples of 'burdens,' not 'undue burdens.' Were the Court to find Psaki has an undue burden here, every person subject to a deposition subpoena would have grounds to quash," he said.

The ruling comes in a lawsuit led by Republican Attorneys General Eric Schmitt, of Missouri, and Jeff Landry, of Louisiana. Several prominent federal figures such as White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also have been ordered to testify in the case about alleged censorship.

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