Biden Intel chief nominee Avril Haines pledges public report on QAnon threat

Biden Intel chief nominee Avril Haines pledges public report on QAnon threat
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Avril HainesAvril HainesThe intelligence community must evolve with the information age Duckworth calls for Russian bounties intelligence to be declassified Intelligence official says Khashoggi report 'obviously' will challenge Saudi relationship MORE, President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE’s pick to serve as director of national intelligence, vowed Tuesday to produce a public assessment of threats posed by proponents of the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon if confirmed by the Senate.

Haines made the pledge during her Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing in response to a question from Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichDemocrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agenda Democrats offer bill on Puerto Rico statehood USPS adding up to 165K fuel efficient or electric delivery vehicles MORE (D-N.M.), who spearheaded a letter signed by a dozen other Senate Democrats last month asking the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide Congress with a written assessment of QAnon threats.

Heinrich said Tuesday that he had not yet received a response from the agencies, and asked Haines to commit to working with DHS and the FBI to conduct the assessment.


"Yes senator, I’ve seen the letter, and I absolutely, if confirmed, would work with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to get you an answer to that question. And I know in particular you ask about foreign influence operations and how those are affecting QAnon and how they are exacerbating the message that is being provided and the misinformation, so I will," Haines said.

The commitment comes almost two weeks after rioters, many of whom are QAnon believers, stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the counting of Electoral College votes certifying Biden won the presidential election in November.

After the attack that left five people dead, social media sites took action, with Twitter removing more than 70,000 accounts, including those of major QAnon promoters. Proponents of the conspiracy theory, a group that has grown over the past year, believe that a cabal of pedophile political elites run the world and are plotting against President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE.

Haines’s testimony comes a day after the FBI sent an intelligence report to law enforcement warning that QAnon followers may attempt to pose as National Guard members in an effort to infiltrate Biden’s inauguration ceremonies.