Democrats block GOP investigation of Disinformation Governance Board

Committee chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., dismissed the prospect of an investigation.

Updated: September 14, 2022 - 4:53pm

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House Democrats on Wednesday shot down a Republican attempt to launch an investigation into the Biden administration's now-defunct Disinformation Governance Board.

The House Homeland Security Committee voted against a resolution Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs introduced to launch the investigation, according to Fox News.

Committee chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., dismissed the prospect of an investigation, suggesting that since the government had already dissolved the DGB, an investigation into it was "completely unnecessary."

"The botched rollout of this board appeared to be … an attempt by the Department of Homeland Security to forge a political tool headed by a nonpartisan operative to dictate the government's definition of truth to the American people," New York GOP Rep. John Katko said, per the outlet.

The short-lived government monitor attracted swift rebuke from Republicans upon its announcement in early April. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas rescinded its charter in August following a report from the DHS advisory committee that rejected the need for such a body.

Among the most controversial of issues surrounding the DGB was the choice of Nina Jankowicz to lead it. Jankowicz previously made statements deriding parental activists who opposed the instruction of Critical Race Theory.

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