President Donald Trump routinely chastises CNN’s coverage of his administration, frequently calling the network “fake news” — but now one of his own has joined CNN’s team in a senior role, according to Politico.
Former Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur, who served under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, will be the network’s political editor starting next month, charged with coordinating political coverage for the 2020 presidential election.
Politico noted that Isgur has not been shy about criticizing the president in the past, trashing then-candidate Trump while she served as deputy campaign manager for Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign.
“Saying you will criminally prosecute your political opponent when you win is a scary and dangerous threat,” she wrote on Twitter in October of 2016, in reference to Trump’s repeated threats to jail his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Isgur, who did not respond to a request for comment on this story, was equally critical of Clinton during the campaign.
Though there is no journalistic element to Isgur’s background, she has a long political resume: prior to working for Fiorina and joining the Trump administration, Isgur “worked for the Republican National Committee and on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.”
At CNN, Isgur will not play a role in covering the Department of Justice, according to a CNN official, who also said she will occasionally appear on air analyzing politics.
Isgur’s discussions with the network have sparked a whisper campaign among Trump supporters in and out of the government who are arguing — with no evidence — that she was the source of damaging leaks against the administration.