DHS disinformation ‘czar’ Jankowicz pushed Trump-Russia claims

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DHS disinformation 'czar' Jankowicz pushed Trump-Russia claims

If the Biden administration is so concerned about disinformation, it may want to take a closer look at its own “czar.”

Nina Jankowicz, who was recently tapped to head the Department of Homeland Security’s nascent Disinformation Governance Board, had no qualms about pushing the since-debunked claim in 2016 that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump had a tie to Kremlin-linked Alfa Bank — allegations that were raised by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and are now a focus of special counsel John Durham’s investigation.

Jankowicz tweeted about the purported link on Nov. 1, 2016, one day after the connection was explored in a piece on the left-wing website Slate. Her post was initially uncovered by the Washington Examiner. ​

“Husband texted me ‘you have news to wake up to.’ Never thought it would be this,” Jankowicz wrote​. “Confirms our worst fears about Trump. I am horrified.”

Jankowicz also shared a Halloween tweet from Hillary Clinton that read: ​”It’s time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia​.” That post was linked to a photo with the caption: “Donald Trump has a secret server (Yes, Donald Trump). It was set up to communicate privately with a Putin-tied Russian bank called Alfa Bank.”

Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in 2017.
Donald Trump chats with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in 2017.
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump speak during a town hall debate leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump speak during a town hall debate leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
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The origins of the Alfa Bank allegations are part of Durham’s investigation. ​

Michael Sussmann, a lawyer connected to the Clinton campaign, has been charged with lying to the FBI after he handed over information to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016 that claimed to show communications between the Trump campaign and Alfa Bank. 

Sussmann at the time did not divulge to Baker that he was working for the Clinton campaign. 

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The allegation that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump had a tie to Kremlin-linked Alfa Bank are now a focus of special counsel John Durham’s investigation.
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Nina Jankowicz pushed for the since-debunked claim in 2016 that Donald Trump had a tie to the Kremlin-linked Alfa Bank.
Nina Jankowicz pushed for the since-debunked claim in 2016 that Donald Trump had a tie to the Kremlin-linked Alfa Bank.
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His federal trial begins next week in Washington, DC, federal court. 

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