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Awkward: DHS Chief Confronted on ‘Russian Disinformation’ That Hillary Clinton Weaponized in Steele Dossier

    Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, was confronted on Sunday about his agency’s Disinformation Board. He was asked point blank about the Russian disinformation that former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weaponized to sway the 2016 election.

    The Steele Dossier, a collection of the seedy rumors that were circulating in Russia about Donald Trump, now proven to be baseless after the comprehensive Mueller investigation, was referenced by Fox News anchor Bret Baier in his interview of Mayorkas on Sunday. Watch:

    “Was the Steele Dossier Russian disinformation?” Baier Asked Mayorkas.

    “It’s not for me to opine on that,” the DHS Secretary replied.

    However, the Inspector General’s report on FBI misconduct showed that the Steele Dossier contained likely Russian disinformation. This is information based on an official government document.

    “The FBI came to believe that the Steele Dossier contained at least two false statements that can be traced to an elaborate Russian disinformation campaign, newly unredacted Justice Department report footnotes revealed Friday — but the agency continued to rely on the controversial document as it investigated the 2016 Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia,” the New York Post reported on April 11, 2020.

    “The declassified footnotes are from the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s previously released report on FBI misconduct,” the report added. “The revelation — that the FBI believed dossier author and former British spy Christopher Steele relied in part on manipulated falsehoods — was met with ire by two senators who had pushed for declassification.”

    Nonetheless, the Department of Homeland Security has not commented on perhaps the most egregious case of a foreign disinformation campaign carried out in modern times — and one directly tied to a former U.S. presidential candidate who has never been the subject of an official government investigation over the affair.

    “It’s ironic that the Russian collusion narrative was fatally flawed because of Russian disinformation,” said Sens. Chuck Grassley, (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) in a statement at the time of the IG report.

    “These footnotes confirm that there was a direct Russian disinformation campaign in 2016, and there were ties between Russian intelligence and a presidential campaign — the Clinton campaign, not [President] Trump’s.”

    Yet, an authentic report prior to the 2020 election on the Hunter Biden laptop was falsely labeled as likely Russian disinformation by numerous officials in the U.S. intel community, which was used as further justification to censor the potentially election-changing story.

    The full list of former and current IC community members who interfered in the 2020 election by sowing ‘disinformation’ is listed below.

    The stark disparity between the media’s handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story and the Trump collusion hoax, itself based in large part on Russian disinformation, was a double standard imposed for none other than political reasons.

    Now the Department of Homeland Security is forming a blatantly unconstitutional Disinformation Board that will formalize such politically motivated double standards as a justification to mislead and censor the American people.

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