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The House Judiciary Committee released a letter Thursday night addressed to President Biden’s U.S. Secretary of State, Tony Blinken.
The letter illuminates recent testimony pointing to the Biden campaign and Blinken as the catalyst for the “Hunter Biden’s laptop is Russian disinformation” story.
Michael Morell, a former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and one of the 51 intelligence officials who signed the “Public Statement on the Hunter Biden Emails,” testified that Blinken “played a role in the inception of this statement while serving as a Biden campaign advisor.”
The letter claimed that the New York Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop had all the hallmarks of Russian disinformation.
Fast-forward two and a half years, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) are demanding documents and communications related to this investigation.
The Judiciary Committee’s website, https://judiciary.house.gov, posted the following statement:
Based on Morell’s testimony, it is apparent that the Biden campaign played an active role in the origins of the public statement, which had the effect of helping to suppress the Hunter Biden story and preventing American citizens from making a fully informed decision during the 2020 presidential election.
Would the Democrats consider this election interference? It sure looks like blatant election interference to anyone paying attention.
The letter to Blinken reads in part:
The Committee on the Judiciary and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence are conducting oversight of federal law enforcement and intelligence matters within our respective jurisdictions.
We are examining the origins of the infamous public statement signed by 51 former intelligence officials that falsely discredited a New York Post story regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop as supposed Russian disinformation.
As part of our oversight, we have learned that you played a role in the inception of this statement while serving as a Biden campaign advisor, and we, therefore, request your assistance with our oversight.
In the letter, the lawmakers included part of Morell’s testimony that outlined Blinken’s role in the conspiracy.
In his transcribed interview, Morell testified that on or around October 17, 2020, you reached out to him to discuss the Hunter Biden laptop story.
At the time you served as a senior advisor to the Biden campaign.
According to Morell, although your outreach was couched as simply gathering Morell’s reaction to the Post story, it set in motion the events that led to the issuance of the public statement.
Q: But, prior to [Secretary Blinken’s] call, you – you did not have any intent to write this statement?
A: I did not.
Q: Okay. So his call triggered –
A: It did, yes.
Q: – that intent in you?
See the full letter here: https://judiciary.house.gov/sites/evo-subsites/republicans-judiciary.house.gov/files/evo-media-document/2023-04-20-jdj-mt-to-blinken-re-public-statement-on-hunter-biden-emails_0.pdf
Biden parroted the “Russian disinformation” story at the October 22, 2020 debate with then-President Donald Trump.
During that final debate leading up to the November election, then-Vice President Biden cited the letter signed by 51 intel officials to rebuke Trump’s criticism of the Biden family’s business dealings.
“Look, there are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what this, [President Trump’s] accusing me of is a Russian plan.
“They have said this this has all the characteristics—four—five former heads of the CIA, both parties, say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage. Nobody believes it except him and his good friend Rudy Giuliani.”
A lot of us believed it and we were right!