White House defends DHS disinformation committee as ‘nonpartisan and apolitical’ despite Nina Jankowicz’s public support for Hillary Clinton

The White House said Monday that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new Disinformation Governance Council will be “non-partisan” despite the council’s history of partisan statements on social media.

β€œThe mandate is not to judge what is true or false online or otherwise, it will operate in a non-partisan and apolitical manner,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during the briefing. daily press.

The board’s appointed executive director, Nina Jankowicz, has publicly declared her support for failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

“Perhaps Hillary Clinton’s most important point so far: A Donald Trump presidency would embolden ISIS,” she wrote on Twitter with the hashtag #ImWithHer.

During the 2016 election, Jankowicz spread discredited stories about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s ties to Russia and the Kremlin.

Jankowicz has also repeatedly criticized former President Trump’s use of social media and berated tech companies for not punishing him for controversial Twitter posts.

She also repeatedly pointed to claims that Hunter Biden’s laptop was part of a Russian disinformation operation aimed at affecting the 2020 presidential election.

In 2020, Jankowicz even defended Christopher Steel’s thoughts on misinformation after his widely discredited Russia dossier was widely discredited as a major source of lies about President Trump during the campaign.

Jankowicz also defended Biden’s handling of Ukraine, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the country during his presidency.

She argued that Trump would have been “much worse” than Biden.

PSAKI said the DHS Disinformation Board under Jankowicz would “coordinate the ongoing work that is happening” online from the Department.

She also said the council would focus on “things that would incite violent extremism”, as well as human stalkers and transnational criminals, malign foreign influence or information that puts people at risk in the event of an attack. emergency.

“A lot of this work is really about work that maybe people don’t see every day that is being done by the Department of Homeland Security,” she said.

When asked how DHS would identify “extremist” groups, Jen Psaki said she didn’t know and asked reporters to ask the Department of Homeland Security.


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