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EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., has authored laws to close down a brand new Division of Homeland Safety board designed to police misinformation.
Boebert’s laws would defund the “Disinformation Governance Board” and make sure the federal authorities would not have position in defining what reality is for the American folks.
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“This kind of stuff is terrifying. We in Congress have the power of the purse. It is our duty to shut down this department immediately,” Boebert informed Each day Publish Digital Friday in an interview. “I’m calling on leadership in the Republican Party — Leader [Kevin] McCarthy, Whip [Steve] Scalise and others — to join me in calling for this department to be shut down and defunded.”
Representatives for McCarthy didn’t instantly reply as to if he backs this invoice or efforts to question DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, which Boebert additionally desires. Scalise helps Boebert’s invoice.
Each Scalise and McCarthy lately signed onto a letter questioning Mayorkas’ suitability for workplace however did not particularly elevate impeachment.
The problem is a newly introduced Disinformation Governance Board that DHS says will counter disinformation from Russia and misinformation circulated by human smugglers to get migrants to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, in keeping with the Associated Press. Nina Jankowicz, who beforehand served as a disinformation fellow on the Wilson Middle, will head the board as govt director.
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Republicans – already leery of censorship following Massive Tech’s efforts to close down the New York Publish’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop computer after Democrats labeled it Russian disinformation – have been aghast on the new division.
“No tax dollars should go to where Biden can use the power of the federal government to silence truthful stories like Big Tech did with the Hunter Biden story,” Boebert mentioned.
Boebert in contrast the trouble to authorities surveillance from George Orwell’s “1984” novel.
“Democrats took that [book] not as a warning, but as a guide,” she mentioned.
White Home press secretary Jen Psaki defended the Disinformation Governance Board and Jankowicz, telling Each day Publish White Home correspondent Jacqui Heinrich that the trouble is a continuation of labor from former President Trump’s administration.
“We know there has been a range of [disinformation] out there about a range of topics, I mean, including COVID for example, and also elections and eligibility,” Psaki mentioned.
Describing Jankowicz, Psaki claimed she is “an expert on online disinformation” and insisted she is “a person with extensive qualifications.”
Jankowicz suggested in the course of the 2020 presidential election that Hunter Biden’s laptop computer, which has been verified by a number of media shops, was a “Russian influence op.”
Jankowicz retweeted her touch upon Wednesday, claiming that she was merely live-tweeting the presidential debate between Biden and Trump.
Boebert is gathering cosponsors for her laws and plans to formally introduce it subsequent week.
“This really is a department of propaganda,” Boebert mentioned of the disinformation board. “To say that the federal department has a say in what’s right and what’s wrong. What’s truth and what is not. This is a very dangerous place that we’ve come to.”
Each day Publish’ Andrew Mark Miller and Kyle Morris contributed to this text.