According to a special report on Thursday, both the FBI and the DOJ concur with DNI’s John Ratcliffe’s assertion that the Hunter Biden laptop is not Russian disinformation tool. The FBI had Hunter Biden’s laptop in custody for over a year, according to a recent New York Post investigation.
The laptop contains emails and videos, revealing Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings and various other things, including contacts in China and Ukraine. Initially, the FBI did absolutely nothing with the laptop, but in the aftermath of the scandal courtesy of the New York Post investigation, many media outlets and Democrat pundits implied that the laptop is a Russian disinformation op.
The emails were from a hard drive on a computer that was dropped off at a repair shop in Delaware and never picked up. The computer was seized by the FBI, but the shop owner kept a copy of the contents of the drive, and has released them to the Post, which is publishing them in batches.
Sen. Ron Johnson is calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray to confirm or deny details regarding a laptop said to have belonged to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.
Johnson, R-Wis., said in a letter to Wray obtained by Fox News that a whistleblower contacted his committee on September 24, claiming to possess a laptop that Hunter Biden left at his business, and that he had turned it over to the FBI. Johnson noted that staff immediately asked the FBI to confirm certain details in order to validate the claim, but the bureau said they would not confirm or deny any of the information included in their request.
“The FBI has a duty to inform us. If they believe this was maybe Russian disinformation, they should give us a defensive briefing,” Johnson told “Sunday Morning Futures.” “If, for example, they also believe that what information this whistleblower gave us is fraudulent, that would also be a crime, and FBI should tell us that.”
The FBI was forced to admit that the respective laptop is in their custody, but it is not part of a Russian disinformation campaign targeting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Both the FBI and the Justice Department are now contradicting claims from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif, who said that Russia is behind this story.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has said:
“Let me be clear: the intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that. And we have shared no intelligence with Adam Schiff, or any member of Congress.”
The FBI stated in a letter addressed to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis. who is in charge with investigating John Biden’s son business dealing that:
“[the FBI has] nothing to add at this time to the October 19th public statement by the Director of National Intelligence about the available actionable intelligence.”
“If actionable intelligence is developed, the FBI in consultation with the Intelligence Community will evaluate the need to provide defensive briefings to you and the Committee pursuant to the established notification framework”
The laptop in question contains strings of emails, first obtained by the NYP, which reveal a “pay for play” scheme involving John Biden’s son Hunter Biden, who introduced his father, at the time Barack Obama’s VP, to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings.
It’s interesting to mention that the FBI declined to confirm or deny that the bureau is investigating the emails or the laptop.
Less than two weeks later, on August 8, 2017, $5 million was wired from a CEFC-affiliated investment vehicle to a Delaware LLC, which spent the next year transfering nearly $4.8 million directly to Hunter Biden's firm, according to Senate investigators. https://t.co/Byyo3FNp3T pic.twitter.com/8XHHVTuFml
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 22, 2020