The latest addition by the Biden administration is Susan Hennessey to the Department of Justice’s National Security Division.
Hennessey has been one of the primary promoters of Russia-collusion theories during her time at Lawfare, a blog affiliated with The Brookings Institution. Notably, her outlandish claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia have consistently been proven wrong.
Prior to her new appointment as senior counsel for the DOJ’s national security division, Hennessey was the Executive Editor of Lawfare where she authored numerous anti-Trump articles. She also served as the General Counsel of the Lawfare Institute and is a Brookings Fellow.
Lawfare, essentially a Democrat activist group of lawyers led by Ben Wittes, was formed precisely for the purposes of weaponizing our laws to push the activists’ own agendas, with Trump often the target of their efforts.
Like so many leading promoters of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, Hennessey had worked in the intelligence community earlier in her career. Before joining the Brookings Institution, Hennessey was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the National Security Agency.
On July 27, 2016, at the exact time that Steele’s Dossier and information regarding Papadopoulos’s conversation with Australia’s Alexander Downer was being transmitted to the FBI, Hennessey and Wittes co-authored an article titled “Is Trump a Russian Agent,” discussing if Trump could be subjected to a FISA surveillance.
Hennessey, along with Wittes, would remain focused on promoting allegations of Trump-Russia collusion for the next four years.
Hennessey was also routinely quoted in articles on Russia Collusion and was the single-source quote for an early influential article in McClatchy that was used to promote the theory that the intelligence community had evidence of Russia-collusion that went beyond the Steele Dossier—a statement that was later roundly disproven.
As a CNN analyst, she regularly espoused conspiracy theories, such as her claim that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was seeking a covert channel to Russia, using Russian communications equipment.
In advance of her new DOJ position, Hennessey deleted more than 39,000 tweets, however many have been archived. Her tweets showed the ongoing pattern of a partisan activist, who constantly pushed debunked Trump-Russia narratives and attacked anyone who disagreed.
Hennessey, along with Wittes, made outlandish excuses for FBI Director James Comey’s actions during the 2016 election, claiming that Comey had to make his public exoneration statement of Hillary Clinton to preempt Russian disinformation.
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