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Trump Indictment Cites Agency That Backed 2020 Election Censorship Efforts As ‘Best Positioned’ To Know The Facts

Special counsel Jack Smith indicted former President Donald Trump on Tuesday on charges of trying to overturn the 2020 election, including working with social media companies to crack down on “disinformation” during the election campaign. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has been accused. The authorities are “best placed to know the facts.”

During the 2020 elections, CISA engaged in a “switchboard” effort to report cases of online “disinformation” reported by local election officials to social media platforms. according to To the court papers in the Missouri v. Biden free speech lawsuit. 45 pages prosecutionCISA is also on the list of people Trump ignored after telling the former president that his allegations were false. (Related: Jack Smith’s prosecution of Trump has big First Amendment problems, legal expert says)

“The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”), whose defendants signed into law to protect the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure from attack, also determined that any voting system was rigged. It joined the official statements of multiple ministries that there was no evidence. It has been compromised and declared the 2020 election to be ‘the most secure in American history,'” the indictment states. “Several days later, after the defendant-appointed director of CISA publicly announced that election security experts agreed that the allegations of computer-assisted election fraud were unfounded, defendants I dismissed the Chief of Staff.”

CISA Election Security Officer Brian Scully said In a January 2023 testimony, CISA sent “potential disinformation” to social media platforms and [a] Transferred content is determined based on policy. ”

The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a non-profit organization founded by left-wing billionaire Pierre Omidial, also worked with CISA during the 2020 election to develop the Misinformation Reporting Portal (MiRP) and It was said to have been supported by a grant from his Democratic Foundation. document It was obtained by independent journalist Li Fang. Of the 209 cases handled by MiRP during the 2020 election, 61% were deleted or labeled, according to the documents.

Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), “Information Exchange” while Researchers, election officials, civil society groups, government agencies and social media platforms also worked Worked with CISA to “help them understand rumors and disinformation about the 2020 election.”

Former US President Donald Trump sits in the attorney’s chair with his legal team. (Photo credit: Seth Wenig Poole/Getty Images)

After former CISA Director Chris Krebs was fired by President Trump in November 2020 for the agency’s statement calling the election “the safest in American history,” he said. I participated In January 2021, the Aspen Institute assumed the chairmanship of the “Information Disorders Board.” The commission urged tech companies to crack down on disinformation and recommended the White House create a “dedicated team to define the disinformation problem and articulate desired goals.” Leadership, responsibility, authority, competence. ”

Legal experts said Tuesday night that the indictment is focused on protecting speech. Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, called it “the first criminal charge for alleged misinformation.”

The indictment states that Trump, like all Americans, “has the right to speak publicly about the election and even claim that he won by falsely alleging that there was rigging that swayed the outcome during the election.” It is said that there was He also “pursued illegal means of overturning election results by discounting legitimate votes,” the newspaper said.

CISA did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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