Tuesday 7 March 2023

House Republicans Subpoena Biden’s ‘Mary Poppins’ Disinformation Czar

 House Republicans are subpoenaing Nina Jankowicz, who was the Biden administration’s short-lived “disinformation” czar.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) said on Monday that Jankowicz, who achieved viral fame and mockery for her video singing about the manipulation of information to the tune of the “Mary Poppins” song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and two other targets for subpoenas ignored voluntary requests for a transcribed interview.

“We have repeatedly sought information from you concerning your official actions and duties as a DHS employee and former Executive Director of the Board, including how the Board intended to define disinformation, how it planned to collect information and from what sources, how it anticipated countering disinformation, and how it proposed to protect First Amendment rights,” Jordan wrote in his letter to Jankowicz and her lawyers.

Chip Slaven, the former interim executive director and CEO of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and Viola Garcia, the former President of the NSBA, also received subpoenas.

They “co-signed the September 2021 letter to President Biden requesting federal law enforcement assistance to target parents voicing concerns at local school board meetings,” a press release from Jordan’s office said. “That letter led to an October 4, 2021, memorandum that directed the FBI to establish a ‘threat tag’ to investigate Americans.”

Jankowicz is the former executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Disinformation Governance Board, which was disbanded last year in the face of intense criticism by Republicans.

In a video posted to YouTube last week, Jankowicz claimed the board was subject to “baseless claims” that it was an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth” and she was President Joe Biden’s “chief censor.”

Jankowicz said her job really was meant “to make sure different entities within DHS were coordinated, to bring the latest research to bear in the Department, and to help the Department set up policies to ensure its existing counter-disinformation work was grounded in American values: privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.”

Though the focus of the video was to promote a crowdfunding effort to sue Fox News over coverage of her, Jankowicz also claimed Jordan lied about her and the work that she has done, according to National Review.

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