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n FBI official involved in pressuring Big Tech companies to censor information must sit for a deposition, a U.S. judge ruled on Nov. 14, rejecting an attempt by the Biden administration to shield the official.
Elvis Chan, a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s San Francisco office, might not have been involved in the communication that led to Facebook suppressing the first story about Hunter Biden’s laptop computer, according to U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty.
But Chan might still have information about which FBI officials were involved, said Doughty, a Trump appointee.
“If Chan played no role in the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, then such information will be made clear in his deposition,” he stated in a four-page ruling.
“Chan had authority over cybersecurity issues for the FBI in the San Francisco, California region, which includes the headquarters of major social-media platforms and played a critical role for the FBI in coordinating with social-media platforms related to censorship. Even if Chan played no role in the Hunter Biden laptop communication issue, he may have knowledge of who did, and his deposition is nonetheless warranted.”
Doughty, in October, ordered depositions of multiple government officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Chan. Documents produced in discovery and publicly available information show or indicate that the officials were involved in Big Tech censorship, he said.