The woman named to lead the Biden administration‘s newly created disinformation board has resigned after it was announced the board would be “paused” following much criticism surrounding her appointment.
Nina Jankowicz, who had been named executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board, announced her resignation Wednesday in a statement, CNN reported.
“With the Board’s work paused and its future uncertain … I have decided to leave DHS to return to my work in the public sphere,” Jankowicz said in a statement released through a spokesperson. “It is deeply disappointing that mischaracterizations of the Board became a distraction from the Department’s vital work, and indeed, along with recent events globally and nationally, embodies why it is necessary.
“I maintain my commitment to building awareness of disinformation’s threats and trust the Department will do the same.”
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on April 27 announced that the department was creating a new board designed to counter “misinformation” related to domestic security.
Republicans immediately took issue with Jankowicz, who had a history of partisan posts on social media that may have, themselves, spread “disinformation,” such as calling the New York Post’s initial October 2020 story on Hunter Biden’s laptop “Russian disinformation, and false.”
She also fueled allegations stemming from the since-discredited Steele dossier and has promoted other baseless Trump-Russia collusion claims, the Washington Examiner reported.