Left-wing CNN analyst Susan Hennessey is joining the Justice Department in another example of the liberal network serving as a pipeline to the Biden administration.
Hennessey will serve as senior counsel for the department’s national security division after a stint at the Brookings Institution and the Lawfare blog.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken served 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, another Obama alumna, was a CNN commentator before being tapped for her current position.
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the discredited Christopher Steele dossier that was ultimately dismissed as a pile of falsehoods, rumor and innuendo by an Inspector General investigation. Prior to her CNN stint, she served in the Obama administration as an attorney in the National Security Agency.
Online observers noted thousands of tweets had been deleted ahead of the announcement of her new position. Fellow Brookings Institution member Benjamin Wittes said Hennessey merely had her tweets set to auto-delete and wasn’t trying to hide her record.
blaming the United States in part for Iran shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane in 2020. Also gone are comments on the sprawling Russia probe, including a dismissal of the 2018 Republican memo casting aspersions on surveillance warrant abuses by the Justice Department and one from 2017 asserting a “concrete allegation of Trump team collusion.”
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Hennessey devoted a podcast to the Robert Mueller Russia investigation report, which ultimately found no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to fix the 2016 election, but she was uninterested in similar coverage of the Inspector General report that found significant FISA abuses by officials at the department she is now joining.
Presented on CNN as a dispassionate analyst, she asked Twitter followers last year what concrete steps they would take to “ensure” then-President Donald Trump was defeated in November.
Liberal media critic Glenn Greenwald blasted Hennessey as “one of the most deranged Russiagate conspiracists of the last 4 years.”
Hennessey’s hiring was also met with some media praise.
“Big job for a smart cookie!” Politico’s Blake Hounshell wrote.
Left-wing pundit Molly Jong-Fast also offered her congratulations.
David Rutz is a senior editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @davidrutz.