On Friday a judge refused to quash a subpoena that was issued to Jen Psaki, former White House press secretary. The subpoena seeks her deposition in a lawsuit that was filed by Missouri and Louisiana, making the allegation that President Biden’s administration conspired to silence conservatives on social media.
Psaki sought to quash the subpoena by filing a motion in federal court in Alexandria. She said she did not have any relevant information and that a deposition would put an undue burden upon her. Her efforts to quash were supported by the justice Department.
During a hearing on Friday, U.S. Magistrate Ivan Davis said that he was not impressed by Psaki's arguments; however, he did not outright reject the request. He transferred it back to Louisiana, the state the lawsuit was originally filed.
The Louisiana judge already ordered that Psaki and additional government officials could be deposed, which is being appealed.
Psaki was able to file another opposition in Virginia since that is the state she lives in and subsequently would be deposed in.
Davis said it didn’t make any sense for him to have input on whether or not Psaki's testimony is relevant because he is less familiar with the case than the judge in Louisiana.
He said Psaki did not show how sitting in her home for a deposition would be an undue burden. He said that if she has so little information to contribute, then it shouldn’t burden her very much at all.
"How much time does it take to prepare a witness for deposition when she doesn't really have anything to say?" asked Davis.