According to Senator Bill Hagerty, a Republican from Tennessee, the White House just might be illegally misappropriating multiple millions of taxpayer revenue through the Disinformation Governance Board (DGB), the latest branch under the ever-growing Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“Plainly, this [DGB imposes] significant constraints on the bedrock of American values and freedoms and new costs on the American people,” Hagerty wrote in a letter to Alejandro Mayorkas, the current Secretary of the DHS.
Consequently, the DGP “requires congressional review [as it] may be a violation of the Anti-deficiency Act,” Hagerty continued.
According to the Anti-deficiency act, the executive branch cannot freely spend money; the funds must be authorized by Congress.
For this reason, the White House has incurred criticism for refusing to construct the border wall, as Congress previously approved funding for the wall. Now, in the case of the DGB, funds are being spent that have not been explicitly approved by Congress.
Hagerty affirms the reality that Congress has not yet approved the funding for the border wall, declaring that “the amount available for this action [appears to be] ‘none.'”
In addition the misappropriation of funds, the sudden appointment of unqualified Nina Jankowicz, who has gained notoriety from spreading disinformation all over Beijing-owned TikTok, is another deeply disturbing element of the sudden construction of the DGB.
For instance, Jankowicz repeatedly claimed that the Hunter Biden laptop story was “Russian disinformation,” only for the same laptop to be authenticated by multiple mass media outlets years after the fact.
Between the illegal misappropriation of funds and appointment of a disinformation-promoting executive, Hagerty is concerned that the “establishment of this board will significantly impact Americans’ free speech rights and cuts across numerous areas of government and society.”
Moreover, the DGB will fundamentally “change the relationship between the government and the governed to whom it answers.”
Hagerty also indicated that willful disregard of the Anti-deficiency Act could make Mayorkas criminally liable.
Hagerty also noted Mayorkas violating the Antideficiency Act might subject him to criminal prosecution.
“As you know, an officer … who violates the Anti-deficiency Act ‘shall be subject to appropriate administrative discipline,'” Hagerty remarked pointedly.