Rep. Jim Jordan Subpoenas CDC Director as Part of Government Censorship Investigation

House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan on Friday subpoenaed CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and others for documents and communications related to the Committee’s investigation into the federal government’s effort to censor speech in various arenas.

The subpoenas were sent to the heads of Biden’s top agencies, including CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) director Jen Easterly, and Global Engagement Center (GEC) head James Rubin.

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Jordan commented on the purposes of these subpoenas.

 

“The Twitter Files and other public reporting have exposed how the federal government has pressured and colluded with Big Tech and other intermediaries to censor certain viewpoints in ways that undermine First Amendment principles. On March 22, 2023, the Committee wrote to these agencies seeking voluntary cooperation with our oversight, and to date, the agencies have failed to produce any documents responsive to the Committee’s requests.”

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In a Friday letter to Walensky, Jordan clarified that the subpoena’s scope was any information regarding CDC involvement in censorship.

“Numerous documents made publicly available reflect the weaponization of the federal government’s power to censor speech online directly and by proxy. It is necessary for Congress to gauge the extent to which the CDC coerced, pressured, worked with, or relied upon social media and other tech companies in order to censor speech. The scope of the Committee’s investigation includes understanding the extent and nature of the CDC’s involvement in this censorship.”

However, in the subpoena to the CDC, Jordan indicated the CDC had been uncooperative with voluntary information requests, necessitating subpoenas. The same was true for the CISA and GEC: all three agencies were unwilling to hand over the information voluntarily.

 

“On March 22, 2023, the Committee wrote to the CDC seeking voluntary cooperation with our oversight.2 Among other things, we asked for communications between the CDC and private companies, internal CDC communications, and communications between the CDC and other third parties discussing content moderation. To date, the CDC has failed to produce any documents responsive to the Committee’s request.”

The subpoenas and the Committee’s anti-censorship mission come in the wake of the release of the Twitter Files. This series of reports released by Matt Taibi and others on Twitter following Elon Musks’ takeover and exposing the company revealed the federal government was in regular communication with Twitter and often suggested the suppression of certain information.

Other documents indicate that the federal government was in a similar practice with Facebook, specifically, its policy on content questioning vaccine efficacy. All three governmental agencies are suspected of communicating with social media platforms, marking them as potentially engaging in censorious practices.

The subpoenas also follow recent scrutiny on Rochelle regarding her change in tune on the efficacy of vaccines at preventing transmission, as opposed to limiting severity, which partially formed the basis for calls for vaccine mandates.


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