CNN analyst Susan Hennessy is joining President Biden’s Justice Department as senior counsel for the department’s national security division. This is only the latest person from the liberal network to make the transition to Biden’s administration. Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken once served as a global affairs analyst for CNN and White House Press Sec. Jen Psaki was a CNN commentator.
I'm very honored to be joining the extraordinary team at the Department of Justice in the National Security Division. Thank you for all the kind words. (And a huge thanks to the folks at WH PPO, agency WH liaisons and HRs who are working night and day to staff this government.)
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) May 10, 2021
Fox News reports:
Hennessey has been an enthusiastic proponent of Russia collusion theories, such as bolstering the discredited Christopher Steele dossier that was ultimately dismissed as a pile of falsehoods, rumor and innuendo by an Inspector General investigation. Prior to her CNN stint, she served in the Obama administration as an attorney in the National Security Agency.
Online observers noted thousands of tweets had been deleted ahead of the announcement of her new position. Fellow Brookings Institution member Benjamin Wittes said Hennessey merely had her tweets set to auto-delete and wasn’t trying to hide her record.
Among her memory-holed tweets include a widely panned one blaming the United States in part for Iran shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane in 2020. Also gone are comments on the sprawling Russia probe, including a dismissal of the 2018 Republican memo casting aspersions on surveillance warrant abuses by the Justice Department and one from 2017 asserting a “concrete allegation of Trump team collusion.”
Hennessey devoted a podcast to the Robert Mueller Russia investigation report, which ultimately found no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to fix the 2016 election, but she was uninterested in similar coverage of the Inspector General report that found significant FISA abuses by officials at the department she is now joining.
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