Seven Twitter users from across the U.S. who are suing President Trump, saying he’s blocked them, want a judge to restore their access as litigation proceeds, according to court documents.
The Twitter users and The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court on July 11, alleging Trump or his agents blocked them because of their criticism of the President on the social media platform — and that cutting them off is “unconstitutional.”
“President Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, has become an important source of news and information about the government, and an important public forum for speech by, to, and about the President,” the suit says.
They want Judge Naomi Buchwald to schedule a conference.
“We hope the court will order the president and his aides to restore our clients’ access to this forum while the suit proceeds,” said Katie Fallow, a Knight Institute senior staff lawyer.
The White House declined to comment.