A federal judge’s surprising July 4 ruling has drawn applause, stating that the Biden administration likely violated the First Amendment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. District Court Judge Terry A. Doughty issued an injunction on Independence Day, prohibiting White House officials and federal agencies from engaging with tech companies regarding social media censorship. The judge argued that past actions likely constituted a violation of the Constitution.

Former Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, remarked, “I think that language reflects that this was a stunning rebuke, but also an appropriate one,” during an interview on “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday.

The injunction was a response to recent lawsuits filed by attorneys general from Louisiana and Missouri. These lawsuits allege that the White House coerced or significantly encouraged tech companies to suppress free speech during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Several federal officials and agencies, including some of Biden’s Cabinet members and White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, have been prohibited from engaging with social media companies to suppress speech.

The injunction, obtained by Fox News, declares that the government’s actions “likely violate the Free Speech Clause” and the court “is not persuaded by Defendants’ arguments,” which deals a significant blow to the White House.

Travis, founder of OutKick, expressed his approval of the ruling, stating, “I read this opinion yesterday, I couldn’t stop saying thank you. Finally. This is going to be incredibly difficult for the Biden administration to overturn.”

“It’s unbelievable the amount of information and discovery that we were able to obtain through this particular case should concern all Americans, irrespective of their political ideology, their party affiliation,” remarked Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry during an earlier interview on the show.

The judge basically spells it out. He does it in this great 120-page opinion. He takes things step by step. He says, look, the government went out there and censored America’s speech on COVID-19, on vaccine policies, on mask mandates, on election questions, on the Hunter Biden laptop.”

“This is a completely direct violation of the First Amendment.”

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“During the COVID-19 pandemic, a period perhaps best characterized by widespread doubt and uncertainty, the United States Government seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth,'” wrote Doughty in the ruling.

“If the allegations made by Plaintiffs are true, the present case arguably involves the most massive attack against free speech in United States’ history,” the injunction adds. “In their attempts to suppress alleged disinformation, the Federal Government, and particularly the Defendants named here, are alleged to have blatantly ignored the First Amendment’s right to free speech.”

The injunction also claims that “the censorship alleged in this case almost exclusively targeted conservative speech,” but notes that the issues raised by the case transcend party lines.

“Viewpoint discrimination is an especially egregious form of content discrimination,” argued Doughty. “The government must abstain from regulating speech when the specific motivating ideology or the perspective of the speaker is the rationale for the restriction.”

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The cases could lead to significant limitations on interactions between tech companies and government officials in the future, with exceptions possibly made for national security threats or criminal matters concerning social media.

Fox News Digital reached out to the White House, Google, Meta, and Twitter for statements but has not received a response. The Department of Justice declined to comment.

Some critics have challenged the ruling, with a Washington Post article warning that the judge’s decision could “upend years of efforts to enhance coordination between the government and social media companies.”

Ratcliffe agreed with the sentiment but argued that the blame does not lie with the judge.

“The problem in this case is that the years of good work have been upended by social media executives and government officials who have abused that and the examples that we’ve just talked about. It’s ironic because The Washington Post is actually a coconspirator in that. It was the mainstream media, ironically, that was complicit in this abuse of the First Amendment and suppressing Americans’ free speech. So they did it to themselves, and that’s the problem,” Ratcliffe explained.

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“My take is that this is going to hold up on appeal because everything that the plaintiffs in this case allege has been proven largely to be true,” Ratcliffe argued. “When you think about, with respect to COVID-19, everything from the origins of the lab leak, the efficacy of certain treatments, the transmissibility. You just heard President Biden talking about pandemic of the unvaccinated. All of that was frankly wrong, and yet Americans’ ability to engage in honest debate about it was suppressed. And so you have these agencies with social media working to suppress the truth and amplify lies.”

“As the judge says, I truly do believe this is the greatest infringement on our First Amendment rights that any of us have seen occur in any of our lives. It cannot be allowed. And we’re finally getting judges pushing back,” Travis stated.

Fox News’ Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report.

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