Biden Nominee’s Past Tweets Might Ruin Her 

( Last Tuesday, Republican Senator Josh Hawley confronted President Biden’s nominee to run the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for allegedly lying under oath about her Twitter account. 

During the Senate Homeland Security Committee confirmation hearing for Colleen Shogan, Hawley hammered the nominee over her “grossly partisan,” “offensive” tweets. Shogan set her Twitter account to private after being nominated to head up NARA. 

Hawley pointed out that in her previous confirmation hearing last fall when her nomination was blocked, he had asked Shogan to provide tweets from her now-private account, noting that the ones he had seen were “pretty disturbing.” 

He reminded Shogan that in her last hearing, she claimed that her personal Twitter account consisted of tweets about her “mystery novels,” her dog, Pittsburgh sports teams, and events at the White House Historical association. Hawley then asked Shogan if this was what she had said. 

Shogan confirmed it, then refused to address the partisan tweets she posted in which she expressed her political views on issues like gun control and former President Donald Trump. She argued that her social media accounts are “in my personal capacity.” 

Hawley accused Shogan of stonewalling and lying under oath, noting that she is seeking to become the chief archivist of the United States and she is refusing to answer questions about public tweets she posted on Twitter. 

Hawley also pressed the nominee on a 2017 article she wrote claiming that Republican presidents embrace “anti-intellectualism” to avoid being labeled elitists, asking her if she stands by her claim that the religious right is behind the “rise of anti-intellectualism” in politics. 

Shogan argued that the article is about Republican presidents using “common sense terminology” to communicate. 

Returning to the subject of her partisan tweets, Hawley asked again if Shogan would provide the committee with her Twitter posts, prompting Shogan to again argue that her social media “is in my personal capacity.”