On Monday, Jim Jordan (R-OH), the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that he had issued subpoenas to various Biden officials as part of his party's ongoing weaponization of government hearings. Those subpoenaed were Nina Jankowicz, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s infamous Disinformation Governance Board, Chip Slaven, former CEO of the National School Boards Association, and Viola Garcia, the National Assessment Governing Board Trustee, according to Just The News.
Mr. Jordan's letter to Nina Jankowicz read that”[w]e have repeatedly sought information from you concerning your official actions and duties as a DHS employee and former Executive Director of the Board, including how the Board intended to define disinformation, how it planned to collection information and from what sources, how it anticipated countering disinformation, and how it proposed to protect First Amendment rights.”
Representative Jordan noted in the same letter that “As the former Executive Director of the Board, you are uniquely situated to provide information that is relevant and necessary to inform the Committee's oversight and potential legislative reforms. Accordingly, and in light of your disregard of our earlier voluntary requests, please find attached a subpoena compelling you to appear for a deposition.”
Nina Jankowicz has insisted that the Disinformation Governance Board was merely “a body that was meant to advise the many parts of the Department of Homeland Security… to make sure we up with the latest the research…in disinformation and countering it” that performed its function while protecting civil liberties. As noted by whistleblower documents, however, the scope of the Board was much more far-reaching that as it encompassed plans to be the point of contact for the public and private sectors on information curation and the Board's definition of misinformation was unclear. A litany of scandals revolving around the DHS's campaign of information curation and censorship outside of the disgraced Board is also telling on that matter.
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The letters to Slaven and Garcia were, as summed up by Just The News, about “their support of a National School Boards Association letter to President Joe Biden seeking White House support against parents protesting against the instruction of controversial topics in schools such as Critical Race Theory.” That letter, as Mr. Jordan put it, urged the executive branch to invoke the Patriot Act and other counterterrorism tools against parents who were protesting controversial educational material like Critical Race Theory being present in their children's schools. The letter led Attorney General Merrick Garland to direct federal investigations of these parents.
As noted previously, Mr. Jordan's investigation is part of a broader investigation by Republicans into governmental misconduct. Recently, Republicans like James Comer (R-KY), the head of the Oversight Committee, have expressed frustration at the stonewalling by governmental officials at their requests. The slowgoing nature of the investigations is also seen by many as indicative that more funds and staff are needed. As The Heritage Foundation noted in a tweet “[i]f we compare the resources of the newly established Weaponization Subcommittee with other historically significant oversight committees, one thing is clear: more resources are justified.”
The document attached to the tweet compared the $48.5 million financed Watergate Committee and the $18 million financed January 6th Committee to the paltry $2 million funded Weaponization Subcommittee. It also shockingly noted the disparity in committed staff to these historic committees. The Watergate Committee had 178 personnel and the January 6th Committee had 98 personnel while the current Subcommittee only has about 5 persons on it. Surely these current vital investigations need better funds and more [as well as qualified] staff to them. The task of oversight of governmental abuses should not be unduly slowed by a lack of funds or qualified staff.