Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday insisted he was unaware that the person his department tapped to head up its Orwellian “Disinformation Governance Board” once called Hunter Biden’s laptop Russian disinformation.
Mayorkas, testifying at the Senate Appropriations Committee, was grilled over the hiring of Nina Jankowicz as the DHS’ “disinformation czar” and the board she will run that has been dubbed the “ministry of truth” by its critics.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) pressed Mayorkas on who hired Jankowicz and whether the secretary knew about her comments about the laptop that became the basis of a series of blockbuster exposes by The Post in October 2020.
“When the department picked her did it know that she had said that Mr. Hunter Biden’s laptop is Russian disinformation?” Kennedy quizzed him.
“I was not aware of that, but we do not discuss the internal hiring process. Ultimately, as the secretary I am responsible for the decisions of the Department of Homeland Security,” Mayorkas replied.
Kennedy then asked if Mayorkas knew that Jankowicz vouched for the veracity of the Steele dossier, which has since been discredited.
“Senator, let me repeat myself and add an additional fact. One, we do not discuss internal hiring processes. Two, I was not aware of that fact,” Mayorkas tried to explain.
“Three, as the secretary of homeland security I am responsible for the decisions of the department, and it is my understanding that Ms. Jankowicz is a subject-matter expert in the field in which she will be working on behalf of the department,” he continued.
“I can tell,” Kennedy shot back.
Mayorkas also claimed he was ignorant of cringe-worthy TikTok videos Jankowicz made in which she sang a rendition of the Mary Poppins’ tune “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” about fake news.
“Information laundering is really quite ferocious. It’s when a huckster takes some lies and makes them sound precocious, by saying them in Congress or a mainstream outlet, so disinformation’s origins are slightly less atrocious,” Jankowicz sang in the February 2021 video.
Continuing his line of questioning about the board, Kennedy raised the example of former President Bill Clinton denying he had sex with White House intern Monica Lewinski and asked Mayorkas if that was something Jankowicz’s board would investigate.
“Senator, again, let me be clear that the department’s responsibility is to address disinformation that threatens the security of the homeland. And, importantly, the working group was established because this disinformation work has been ongoing for nearly 10 years,” Mayorkas answered.
“The working group was established precisely to protect against the infringement on individual’s First Amendment rights precisely to protect their right of privacy,” the secretary said.
As his round of questioning concluded, Kennedy suggested a task for Mayorkas when he returned to DHS, saying he should confront the person who recommended hiring Jankowicz and “I would fire him on the spot.”