The head of the Division of Homeland Safety’s Disinformation Governance Board has an intensive historical past of selling baseless Trump-Russia collusion claims from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential marketing campaign, together with allegations now scrutinized by particular counsel John Durham.
Nina Jankowicz has cited Christopher Steele as a disinformation skilled, made deceptive claims concerning the funding of his file, solid doubt on the Hunter Biden laptop computer story, downplayed Iranian election meddling, and critiqued the Wuhan, China, lab leak speculation.
The Washington Examiner can report she repeatedly shared the debunked claims about Trump-Russia collusion in 2016 and past.
“Husband texted me ‘you’ve got information to get up to.’ By no means thought it could be this,” she tweeted on Nov. 1, 2016. “Confirms our worst fears about Trump. I’m horrified.”
She was sharing Clinton’s notorious Halloween tweet, which stated, ”It is time for Trump to reply critical questions on his ties to Russia.”
That included a screenshot with the caption: “Donald Trump has a secret server (Sure, Donald Trump). It was set as much as talk privately with a Putin-tied Russian financial institution known as Alfa Financial institution.”
Jankowicz tweeted once more that “Trump had not one, however two secret e-mail servers to speak with influential Russian financial institution. Unbelievable.” She was sharing a Slate article by Franklin Foer, whom Fusion GPS had been feeding Trump-Russia tales to, based on emails from Durham.
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The FBI, CIA, particular counsel Robert Mueller, a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee investigation, and Durham’s workforce have all solid doubt on or shot down the Alfa-Financial institution claims.
Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann has been indicted on prices of concealing his shoppers, together with the Clinton marketing campaign, from the FBI when he pushed the debunked Alfa-Financial institution allegations.
Jankowicz repeatedly shared different collusion claims all through 2016, together with info sourced from Steele’s discredited file. The British ex-spy was employed by Fusion, which had been employed by Clinton marketing campaign normal counsel Marc Elias.
Jankowicz tweeted in September 2016 that “Trump’s Kremlin ties do not finish at Manafort. That is critical individuals.”
She was responding to an announcement by the Clinton marketing campaign a couple of Yahoo News story by which Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin stated, “It’s chilling to be taught that U.S. intelligence officers are conducting a probe into suspected conferences between Trump’s overseas coverage adviser Carter Web page and members of Putin’s inside circle.”
The story, written by Michael Isikoff, was titled “U.S. intel officers probe ties between Trump adviser and Kremlin.” It infamously recounted claims within the Steele file, together with about Web page, and cited Steele as a “Western intelligence supply.”
Jankowicz wrote a Wiczipedia Weekly story concerning the Isikoff article, whereby she talked about Web page, saying, “The truth that a person publicly related to the marketing campaign arrange conferences with high-ranking power and finance officers in Russia whereas the candidate he served was publicly encouraging the Kremlin to hack U.S. servers is worrisome.”
Mueller “didn’t set up that members of the Trump Marketing campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian authorities in its election interference actions.” Web page was by no means charged with wrongdoing.
Division of Justice Inspector Normal Michael Horowitz criticized the DOJ and FBI for no less than 17 “important errors and omissions” associated to the FISA warrants towards Web page and for the bureau’s reliance on the file.
That was not practically the tip of it for Jankowicz.
Jankowicz wrote, “Putin’s Russia just isn’t a rustic that any American voter would search to emulate. America shouldn’t elect a demagogue who intends to do precisely that.”
In July, she shared a Foer piece titled “Putin’s Puppet,” tweeting, “However do we would like a president that has so many shady and comfortable ties with Russia? No. So yeah, this piece is a must-read.”
Jankowicz then tweeted in August, “Manafort not Trump’s solely connection to #Russia and #Putin.”
She was sharing an announcement from Democratic Nationwide Committee nationwide press secretary Mark Paustenbach, who stated, “Trump’s marketing campaign nonetheless maintains robust ties to Russia and pro-Kremlin parts.”
She additionally shared a hyperlink to a Clinton marketing campaign article, tweeting, “Trump’s weird relationship with Russia … Overseas coverage issues.”
Jankowicz wrote Nov. 6 that “what began months in the past as me making jokes about Donald Trump’s ‘bromance’ with Putin has truly develop into an existential risk to our nation” and talked about “Trump’s connections to the Russian netherworld.” She stated that after Trump misplaced, “we by no means have to speak about him once more (till Putin grants him Russian citizenship).”
Jankowicz tweeted in December, “Trump is Pinocchio, however what if Putin is Geppetto? American individuals need to know, writes Evelyn Farkas,” referencing an Obama official who wrote in Politico that “it isn’t in any respect far-fetched to ask whether or not Trump is certainly the ‘puppet’ Secretary Clinton mockingly named him.”
Farkas claimed that “there are indicators the Trump marketing campaign was concerned in coordinating this launch of hacked info” and pointed to Web page. She prompt that Trump’s “Geppetto, the person holding the strings,” may be Putin.
Jankowicz carried on selling Clinton campaign-sourced Trump-Russia collusion claims in 2017.
She tweeted “Preach” that March when sharing a screenshot and a Washington Put up article by Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton marketing campaign’s communications director, which was titled “The Clinton marketing campaign warned you about Russia. However no person listened to us.”
The article described efforts to push considerations about Trump and Russia on the Democratic conference in 2016 and past. The article concluded that “the potential for collusion between Trump’s allies and Russian intelligence is rather more critical than Watergate.”
She was additionally obsessed with former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony in June, quoting Comey and tweeting about “#ComeyDay.”
She quoted him when he stated, “I used to be truthfully involved that he may lie concerning the nature of the assembly.” Jankowicz added, “Our President, y’all.”
The fired FBI director was speaking about his choice to write down the primary of his “Comey memos” following an early January assembly at Trump Tower, the place he relayed claims from the file to the then president-elect. CNN reported the assembly just a few days later, then BuzzFeed revealed the file.
Horowitz condemned Comey over leaking his memos to the press, saying he did so to advance his personal pursuits and spark a particular counsel.
Jankowicz additionally straight cited file claims in her 2020 guide How one can Lose the Info Battle: Russia, Faux News, and the Way forward for Battle.
“The extent of Russian affect over the U.S. election — and maybe even the Trump marketing campaign itself — was changing into clearer and extra worrisome with every day that handed within the new younger 12 months,” Jankowicz wrote of early 2017. “Only a week earlier, BuzzFeed revealed the explosive and as-of-yet-unverified ‘Steele file’ … that alleged the president-elect and his workforce had deep ties to Russian intelligence providers.”