Susan Hennessey, formerly of the Brookings Institute and Law Fare Blog, announced on Monday that she will be taking a position in the National Security Division of Biden's Department of Justice. Hennessey, a Russiagate conspiracy theorist, deleted her past tweets before the appointment was announced.
Hennessey's belief that Trump was colluding with Russia to steal the 2016 election is well documented. Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald said her takes were nothing short of "deranged."
Writing for Law Fare in 2017, she wrote "...the salacious allegations and the reports of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence do not take place in a vacuum. They take place amidst the background of a great deal of public evidence of ties between the Trump campaign and Russian actors.
"Long prior to the election, remember, media outlets reported on links between Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and advisor Carter Page and questionable actors in and around Russia. Those reports led Manafort to resign as campaign manager and for the Trump team to disavow contact with Carter Page. Incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was photographed at an RT dinner in Moscow sitting at the same table as Vladimir Putin.
"Trump confident Roger Stone claimed ties to Wikileaks and Julian Assange, both of which are suspected of ties to Russia. In fact, the degree of coziness between the Trump team and Russia prompted us to write a somewhat tongue-in-cheek legal analysis on whether Trump qualifies as a Russian agent. So these reports are, at the very least, consistent in key thematic respects with verified public reporting."
Hennessy was also an advocate of President Obama's expansion of surveillance powers just prior to departing office. The Obama administration increased the National Security Agency's power to allow 16 other intelligence agencies access to personal communications they had intercepted internationally.
Speaking to The Atlantic, Hennessey said that these more expansive powers had something to do with the incoming Trump administration at the time. "One of the things that I think individuals who had insight into intelligence activities and were concerned about the election of Donald Trump—specifically, some of the statements he's made about adherence to the rule of law—a lot of those people's minds went very quickly to these procedures."
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