The head of President Joe Biden’s new Disinformation Governance Board has a history of pushing now-debunked claims that there are ties between Russia and Donald Trump, old and recently resurfaced tweets reveal.
Nina Jankowicz promoted several claims from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign on Twitter, including allegations that are now being looked into by special counsel John Durham.
In November 2016, Jankowicz, a Russian misinformation ‘expert,’ tweeted: ‘Husband texted me ‘you have news to wake up to.’ Never thought it would be this. Confirms our worst fears about Trump. I am horrified.’
She was reposting Clinton’s tweet claiming ‘it’s time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia,’ along with a screenshot showing that the then-candidate had a ‘secret service’ he used to privately communicate with Putin-tied Russian Alfa Bank.
‘Trump had not one, but two secret email servers to communicate with influential Russian bank. Unbelievable,’ she followed up in another tweet with a link to an article by someone to whom opposition research firm Fusion GPS was feeding stories related to alleged ties between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin.
Durham’s team has cast doubt on Alfa Bank claims – as has the FBI, CIA, special counsel Robert Mueller and a Senate Intelligence Committee probe.
Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann has been indicted by Durham for concealing the identity of his clients, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign, when he reported the now-debunked Alfa Bank claims to the FBI.
DHS Disinformation Governance Board head Nina Jankowicz (pictured) has an extensive history of pushing now-debunked claims linking Donald Trump and his campaign to Russia
Several past tweets of Jankowicz show her pushing claims from Hillary Clinton and her 2016 campaign staff
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new Disinformation Governance Board has faced intense backlash from Republicans who claim it will be used to target conservative voices.
Donald Trump said at a Pennsylvania rally Friday that one of the highest priorities in getting Republicans elected to Congress is to now dissolve Biden’s new Disinformation Governance Board.
‘One of our highest priorities will be to cut down on left-wing censorship and restore free speech in America,’ Trump said during a rainy, chilly and extremely muddy rally in Greensburg, Pennsylvania endorsing Dr. Mehmet Oz for U.S. Senate. ‘We don’t have free speech.’
‘We don’t have free speech and we have a totally crooked press, all of them back there,’ Trump said, pointing to the cameras and press documenting the event.
‘We will immediately terminate Joe Biden’s so-called disinformation governing board, how about that one?’ Trump said. ‘A chilling and un-American power grab that we will not allow to stand.’
Jankowicz has also come under fire for her previous comments that Republicans claim shows her bias.
November 6, 2014, Jankowicz wrote that ‘what started months ago as me making jokes about Donald Trump’s ‘bromance’ with Putin has actually become an existential threat to our country.’
She claimed at the time that after Trump loses the election, which he did not, ‘we never have to talk about him again (until Putin grants him Russian citizenship).’
The so-called Russian disinformation expert has cited Christopher Steele as a fellow disinformation expert and has made references to his dossier, many parts of which have questionable claims that have now been disproven.
She has also cast doubt on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, claiming it was a ‘Trump campaign product’.
Donald Trump said during a Friday rally in Pennsylvania that a top priority for Republicans is dissolving the DHS Disinformation Governance Board
In September 2016, Jankowicz tweeted that ‘Trump’s Kremlin ties don’t end at Manafort. This is serious people.’
Included in that post was a news story quoting Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin.
‘It’s chilling to learn that U.S. intelligence officials are conducting a probe into suspected meetings between Trump’s foreign policy adviser Carter Page and members of Putin’s inner circle,’ Caplin said in the article.
Jankowicz shared a link on Twitter in June 2016 to a now-deleted Medium post that included a mural of Trump kissing Russian President Vladimir Putin and in July a piece about Trump’s campaign titled ‘Putin’s Puppet’.
‘But do we want a president that has so many shady and cozy ties with Russia? No. So yeah, this piece is a must-read,’ Jankowicz wrote in the July tweet.
In August of that year she tweeted: ‘Manafort not Trump’s only connection to #Russia and #Putin.’
She shared a statement from the Democratic National Committee national press secretary Mark Paustenbach claiming Trump’s campaign has ‘strong ties to Russia and pro-Kremlin elements.’
Timeline of claims pushed by Joe Biden’s new Disinformation Governance Board head Nina Jankowicz
June 2016 – Shared a linked to a now-deleted Medium post featuring a mural of Donald Trump kissing Russian President Vladimir Putin. ‘Putin’s Russia is not a country that any American voter would seek to emulate. The United States should not elect a demagogue who intends to do exactly that,’ she wrote at the time.
July 2016 – Jankowicz linked to a Foer piece titled ‘Putin’s Puppet,’ and tweeted: ‘But do we want a president that has so many shady and cozy ties with Russia? No. So yeah, this piece is a must-read.’
August 2016 – ‘Manafort not Trump’s only connection to #Russia and #Putin,’ she tweeted while sharing a statement from DNC national press secretary Mark Paustenbach claiming: ‘Trump’s campaign still maintains strong ties to Russia and pro-Kremlin elements.’
– She also shared a link to a Clinton campaign article along with the comment’: ‘Trump’s bizarre relationship with Russia … Foreign policy matters.’
September 2016 – ‘Trump’s Kremlin ties don’t end at Manafort. This is serious people,’ she warned in a tweet.
November 1, 2016 – ‘Husband texted me ‘you have news to wake up to.’ Never thought it would be this. Confirms our worst fears about Trump. I am horrified, Jankowicz tweeted. Came in response to a tweet from Hillary Clinton’s campaign claiming Trump has a ‘secret server’ he uses to ‘communicate privately with a Putin-tied Russian bank called Alfa Bank.’
November 6, 2016 – Jankowicz said that ‘what started months ago as me making jokes about Donald Trump’s ‘bromance’ with Putin has actually become an existential threat to our country’.
– She said that after Trump lost ‘we never have to talk about him again (until Putin grants him Russian citizenship)’
December 2016 – Called Trump ‘Pinocchio’ in response to a Biden official writing ‘it is not at all far-fetched to ask whether Trump is indeed the ‘puppet’ Secretary Clinton mockingly named him.’
March 2017 – Months after Trump took office, Jankowicz tweeted ‘Preach’ in response to a screenshot from a Washington Post article titled ‘The Clinton campaign warned you about Russia. But nobody listened to us’ and written by Clinton campaign communication director Jennifer Palmieri.
– Former Russia ambassador Michael McFaul tweeted that Rep. Adam Schiff ‘gives a terrific statement’ after reading discredited Steele Dossier allegations into the congressional record. Jankowicz tweeted in response, ‘Agree, and more importantly — explains why Congressional investigation into Trump-Russia ties is an integral part of our democracy.’
June 2020 – Jankowicz directly cited Steele Dossier claims in her book How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict
October 15, 2020 – Jankowicz told the Associated Press that there were questions about whether the infamous laptop belonged to Hunter Biden.
‘We should view it as a Trump campaign product,’ Jankowicz said at the time of the interview and pointed to involvement from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Trump associate Steve Bannon.