The head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board has an extensive history of promoting baseless Trump-Russia collusion claims from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, including allegations now scrutinized by special counsel John Durham.
Nina Jankowicz has cited Christopher Steele as a disinformation expert, made misleading claims about the funding of his dossier, cast doubt on the Hunter Biden laptop story, downplayed Iranian election meddling, and critiqued the Wuhan, China, lab leak hypothesis.
The Washington Examiner can report she repeatedly shared the debunked claims about Trump-Russia collusion in 2016 and beyond.
“Husband texted me ‘you have news to wake up to.’ Never thought it would be this,” she tweeted on Nov. 1, 2016. “Confirms our worst fears about Trump. I am horrified.”
She was sharing Clinton’s infamous Halloween tweet, which said, ”It's time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia.”
That included a screenshot 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.”
Jankowicz tweeted again that “Trump had not one, but two secret email servers to communicate with influential Russian bank. Unbelievable.” She was sharing a Slate article by Franklin Foer, whom Fusion GPS had been feeding Trump-Russia stories to, according to emails from Durham.
The FBI, CIA, special counsel Robert Mueller, a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee investigation, and Durham’s team have all cast doubt on or shot down the Alfa-Bank claims.
Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann has been indicted on charges of concealing his clients, including the Clinton campaign, from the FBI when he pushed the debunked Alfa-Bank allegations.
Jankowicz repeatedly shared other collusion claims throughout 2016, including information sourced from Steele’s discredited dossier. The British ex-spy was hired by Fusion, which had been hired by Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias.
Jankowicz tweeted in September 2016 that “Trump's Kremlin ties don't end at Manafort. This is serious people.”
She was responding to a statement by the Clinton campaign about a Yahoo News story in which Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin said, “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.”
The story, written by Michael Isikoff, was titled “U.S. intel officials probe ties between Trump adviser and Kremlin.” It infamously recounted claims in the Steele dossier, including about Page, and cited Steele as a “Western intelligence source.”
Jankowicz wrote a Wiczipedia Weekly story about the Isikoff article, wherein she talked about Page, saying, “The fact that a man publicly associated with the campaign set up meetings with high-ranking energy and finance officials in Russia while the candidate he served was publicly encouraging the Kremlin to hack U.S. servers is worrisome.”
Mueller “did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Page was never charged with wrongdoing.
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz criticized the DOJ and FBI for at least 17 “significant errors and omissions” related to the FISA warrants against Page and for the bureau's reliance on the dossier.
That was not nearly the end of it for Jankowicz.