Despite being one of the foremost boosters of the conspiracy that former President Donald Trump conspired with Russia to win the 2016 election, CNN analyst Susan Hennessey is set to join President Joe Biden's Justice Department as senior counsel for the national security division, Fox News reported on Monday.
Hennessey, who's also worked at the Brookings Institution and for the Lawfare blog, acknowledged the appointment in a tweet, writing “I'm very honored to be joining the extraordinary team at the Department of Justice in the National Security Division.”
Hennessey, who also served in the Obama administration as an attorney in the National Security Agency, has been a prominent backer of "Russiagate" collusion theories, including boosting the discredited Christopher Steele dossier, according to Fox News.
Social media observers also pointed out that scores of tweets from her Twitter account -- including many on the fruitless Russia investigation -- had been deleted ahead of the announcement about her new position.
Among other topics in the erased tweets was a widely criticized post blaming the United States in part for Iran shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane.
Fellow Brookings Institution member Benjamin Wittes, who is also the editor-in-chief of Lawfare and a friend of fired FBI Director James Comey, said Hennessey was not trying to hide her record, but merely had her tweets set to auto-delete, according to Fox News.
Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald slammed Hennessey in a tweet, calling her "one of the most deranged Russiagate conspiracists of the last 4 years."
Fox News also points out that Hennessey is another example of CNN serving as a pipeline to the Biden administration. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was as a global affairs analyst for CNN after a prior stint in the Obama administration's State Department, and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was a CNN commentator before being tapped for her current position, in addition to also serving in the Obama administration.
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