Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The Ministry of Truth is not dead

Mayorkas accused of ‘apparently misleading’ testimony to Senate about disinformation board

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas gave “apparently misleading” testimony to Congressabout his disinformation board, Senate Republicans charged Tuesday in a letter demanding that Democrats call Mr. Mayorkas back for another chance to explain.

Mr. Mayorkas told lawmakers at a May 4 hearing that the board had “not yet begun its work,” but new documents show the board was stood up earlier this year, the secretary signed a charter, and board members were already meeting with social media giant Twitter.

The Republicans said Mr. Mayorkas “misrepresented” the board’s purview by claiming it wouldn’t be involved in monitoring Americans’ activities. Talking points prepared by the board’s former executive director, Nina Jankowicz, “appear to show that the Department does in fact monitor American citizens and that the Board’s work is concentrated on domestic threats,” the senators said.

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