CHILLING: Obama Appointed Judge Holds Journalist Catherine Herridge in Contempt; $800/Day Fines Until She Reveals Source

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March 1, 2024
CHILLING: Obama Appointed Judge Holds Journalist Catherine Herridge in Contempt; 0/Day Fines Until She Reveals Source

By now, it should be evident that the Obama-Biden regime did more damage to our nation than any other regime in our national history, only to be continued under Biden as Obama’s third term. Herridge, a highly acclaimed journalist and former Fox and CBS News reporter, is being held in contempt of court for not identifying her sources relating to her reports about Yanping Chen, a Chinese American scientist who was the focus of a federal investigation.

Ms. Herridge published an investigative series for Fox News in 2017 that examined Chen’s ties to the Chinese military and “raised questions about whether the scientist was using a professional school she founded in Virginia to help the Chinese government get information about American servicemembers. No federal charges were filed against Chen.

As reported by the Associated Press:

A federal judge held veteran investigative reporter Catherine Herridge in civil contempt on Thursday for refusing to divulge her source for a series of Fox News stories about a Chinese American scientist who was investigated by the FBI but never charged.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington imposed a fine of $800 per day until Herridge complies, but the fine will not go into effect immediately to give her time to appeal.

Cooper wrote that he “recognizes the paramount importance of a free press in our society” and the critical role of confidential sources in investigative journalism. But the judge said the court “also has its own role to play in upholding the law and safeguarding judicial authority.”

“Herridge and many of her colleagues in the journalism community may disagree with that decision and prefer that a different balance be struck, but she is not permitted to flout a federal court’s order with impunity,” wrote Cooper, who was nominated to the bench by former President Barack Obama. 

A lawyer for Herridge, Patrick Philbin, declined to comment. Representatives for CBS and Fox News did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

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Obama-appointed African-American District of Columbia District Judge Christopher Cooper, a Yale alumnus, is married to Amy Jeffress, a former Justice Department official who served as the national security counselor to former US Attorney General Eric Holder.

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