- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 1, 2022

Rep. Jim Jordan, the Republican poised to take over as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has asked the head of the Biden administration’s failed disinformation governance board to deliver testimony.

Nina Jankowicz quit the board this spring after a bungled rollout by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who would eventually cancel the entire project.

Mr. Jordan said in a letter Thursday that “new information” has revealed the department’s efforts at policing Americans’ speech went deeper than imagined, and he said Ms. Jankowicz must tell what she knows.

He requested testimony and documents in the spring, but he said she never responded.

With the GOP poised to take control of the House in January, Mr. Jordan will soon be able to put some muscle behind his demands with the power to subpoena Ms. Jankowicz should she not comply.

“You can be assured that the Committee will continue to pursue this matter into the 118th Congress, including by compulsory process if necessary,” Mr. Jordan said.

The letter to Ms. Jankowicz was one in a series of letters Mr. Jordan fired off this week alerting current and former officials that he is interested in talking to them

Ms. Jankowicz declined to comment for this story.

Mr. Jordan set a Dec. 15 deadline for Ms. Jankowicz to turn over documents. He also asked her to contact the committee “promptly” to schedule an appearance for a transcribed interview.

Ms. Jankowicz recently registered with the federal government as a foreign agent acting on behalf of a group that takes funding from the U.K. government.

Her selection as head of Mr. Mayorkas’ disinformation efforts roiled Capitol Hill, where Republicans said she was involved in spreading disinformation herself — among them that the Hunter Biden laptop seemed like Russian disinformation.

The laptop has now been substantiated by numerous news organizations as authentic.

Mr. Jordan sent letters Thursday to former top Obama administration intelligence officials demanding they testify about the laptop.

He said James Clapper, who was the director of national intelligence, and John O. Brennan, who headed the Central Intelligence Agency in the Obama years, both “falsely” discredited the New York Post’s original reporting on the laptop.

They signed a statement along with dozens of other former intelligence officials urging news outlets not to run with the laptop story, wrongly calling it Russian disinformation.

“The coordinated effort to suppress public dissemination of the serious allegations about Hunter Biden and the Biden family was a grave disservice to American citizens’ informed participation in our democracy,” Mr. Jordan wrote.

He warned Mr. Clapper and Mr. Brennan that they, too, could see “compulsory” actions if they don’t comply.

In a fourth letter Thursday, Mr. Jordan asked Jennifer Leigh Moore, a human resources official at the FBI, to provide testimony.

The lawmaker said she could shed light on “serious allegations of abuse and misconduct” at the FBI and the Justice Department.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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