The claim: Video shows Alejandro Mayorkas begging Josh Hawley for forgiveness
A Facebook video shows Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, questioning Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas at a Senate hearing.
The video was viewed more than 50,000 times and shared more than 800 times in a day.
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Our rating: False
The video shows Hawley questioning Mayorkas about his decision to hire Nina Jankowicz, a misinformation researcher, to lead the Disinformation Governance Board. Mayorkas does not request "forgiveness" or apologize at any point in the video.
Video shows Hawley criticizing hiring decision by Mayorkas
The exchange between Hawley and Mayorkas occurred during a May 4, 2022, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing.
The Disinformation Governance Board was a short-lived effort by the Department of Homeland Security. The stated goal of the board was to coordinate responses to national security-related misinformation, according to The Washington Post.
Compared online to the "Ministry of Truth" – a reference to George Orwell's "1984" – the board "was hampered from the start by questions about its purpose and an uneven rollout that further confused its mission," the Associated Press reported.
Jankowicz resigned from her position after being subjected to sexist online harassment and threats, the Los Angeles Times reported.
While the post references a "bombshell" reveal, the laptop is only discussed in the video in reference to public comments previously made by Jankowicz about the laptop.
USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user who shared the post for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
Our fact-check sources:
C-SPAN, May 4, 2022, Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request
USA TODAY, May 18, 2022, DHS pauses disinformation board and director will resign after Republican criticism
Politico, March 8, 2020, ‘A surreal experience’: Former Biden ‘disinfo’ chief details harassment
Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2022, As disinformation board’s leader, she faced crush of online abuse
The Washington Post, May 18, 2022, How the Biden administration let right-wing attacks derail its disinformation efforts
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Video caption mischaracterizes Hawley, Mayorkas exchange