Rand Paul vs. Mayorkas On DHS Info Board: "We Can't Even Agree On What Disinformation Is"

During a Senate Homeland Security hearing on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul asked the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas about the department's plans to set up a "disinformation governance board" to assist social media outlets in knowing what is true. Mayorkas tells Paul what the DHS does with regard to disinformation. Paul asked: "Do you think the Steele dossier included Russian disinformation?" "You say your new disinformation board is going to help the public with disinformation," Paul told Mayorkas. "You claim it is not going to be about domestic, it is going to be about foreigners. Those evil Russians." "Here's my question: The FBI concludes that the Steele dossier was full of Russian disinformation. CNN propagated this disinformation gladly for years and years. The difference between your opinion and our opinion is that no matter how despicable it is that CNN propagated this disinformation, I wouldn't lecture them, I wouldn't put it on a government website that CNN is wrong for propagating disinformation." "We can’t even agree what disinformation is! You can’t even agree that it was disinformation the Russians fed information to the Steele Dossier!" "Where we become involved is where there is a connectivity between disinformation and threats to the security of the homeland," Mayorkas replied. "Well, the Russians might be considered that," Paul said. "Let's say you find a piece of disinformation and CNN is broadcasting it, what are you going to do?" Full hearing: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ftHFxZAqjqE" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>