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Mayorkas Names Russian Hoaxes, Laptop Deniers Brennan and Clappers to Intelligence Panel

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejando Mayorkas said Tuesday he named Russia collusion hoaxes and Hunter Biden laptop deniers John Brennan and James Clapper to a panel of “experts » intelligence.

In a statement, Mayorkas announced “the creation of the Homeland Intelligence Experts Group…composed of private sector experts who will provide their unique perspectives on the federal government’s intelligence enterprise to DHS (Intelligence and Analysis) and the Office of Counterterrorism. Coordinator.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during the Democracy Summit, Thursday, March 30, 2023, at the Washington Convention Center. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The group will analyze “foreign nation-state adversaries” as well as “domestic violent extremists.”

Brennan, a former CIA director, and Clapper, a former director of national intelligence, played key roles in spreading the “Russian collusion” hoax aimed at discrediting the 2016 election, with Clapper telling CNN it was possible that there was evidence linking Russia to Trump, then admitting under oath that he knew of no evidence.

Brennan claimed that Trump’s protests of innocence were “hogwash,” although special counsel Robert Mueller later found that no Americans, including in the Trump campaign, colluded with Russia during the 2016 elections.

Later, as Breitbart News noted, Brennan and Clapper joined more than 50 national security and intelligence alumni in a letter claiming that stories from the 2020 race regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop were Russian disinformation. In fact, the laptop was real, and the stories published by the New York Post, Breitbart News and others – were found to be accurate. But the letter, organized by Joe Biden’s campaign, served to deflect criticism of the candidate.

It is unclear how Brennan will advise the Department of Homeland Security, given that President Trump revoked his security clearance in 2018, in response to Brennan’s increasingly disorderly political attacks against the president.

“I express my deep gratitude to these distinguished individuals for dedicating their exceptional expertise, experience and vision to our critical mission,” Mayorkas said in a statement. The release also cites what it calls “the experience, expertise and perspective offered by the members of the expert panel” as an asset to DHS intelligence.

Joel B. Pollak is a senior editor at Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new biography, Rhoda: “Comrade Kadalie, You Are Out of Service.” He is also the author of the recent e-book Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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