Alex Berenson announces plan to sue White House for pressuring Twitter to ban him

Fox News’s Tucker Carlson was joined by writer and former journalist Alex Berenson on Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” where the author discussed his reinstatement on Twitter and his plans to sue the White House for pressuring the social media giant into removing his account.

(Video: Fox News)

“Alex Berenson has proved the White House encouraged Twitter to knock him off the platform,” Carlson said. “That is censorship against the First Amendment. It’s illegal. Berenson found evidence that White House officials had met with Twitter and questioned the company’s officials as to why Berenson ‘hasn’t been kicked off the platform.'”

“I plan to sue the White House and probably other officials, too,” Berenson explained. “I told you last year at about this time, after Twitter kicked me off, that I was going to sue Twitter and that I thought I had a pretty good case, and people mocked that. A federal judge who was appointed by Bill Clinton, by the way, agreed it was a good case, and that led to my being reinstated on Twitter a few weeks ago, or Twitter reinstating me. They were forced to a part of a settlement I reached with Twitter.”

“I’m going to sue the White House,” he continued. “I think I have proof that they did violate my First Amendment rights, that they forced Twitter to act as a state actor, in other words as essentially an arm of the federal government.”

“I have more documents. I obtained these documents as part of a lawsuit. I think what I’ve already shown is enough that this case will survive a motion to dismiss and will get to discovery and deposition,” he added. “People inside and outside the White House are going to face some very uncomfortable questions, probably not just about me, but about other people who’ve been de-platformed in the last year or two by Twitter.”

Berenson became a target of the Biden regime for his outspoken criticism of the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was summarily banned from Twitter for citing a relative lack of data to support lockdowns, social distancing, and particularly the efficacy and safety of the various COVID vaccines. Berenson claimed in a substack post last week to have obtained “internal Twitter communications” revealing that “Biden Administration officials asked Twitter to ban me because of my tweets questioning the Covid vaccine.”

Berenson recalled, “It became clear over the summer that the federal government was going to push for mandates, they were going to push for boosters. Those were unpopular steps, and it was sort of an admission that the vaccines weren’t working that well. That was a real problem for the federal government. They didn’t like me, and they didn’t like other skeptics. Twitter and Facebook –  especially pushed hard to de-platform us.”

Carlson agreed and concluded, “This is an attack on the most basic right, the fundamental right that we have, which is the right of free speech.”

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