The U.S. House Judiciary Committee may soon begin investigating an effort by Democratic Party and media activists to influence the 2020 election by claiming materials found on a laptop computer damaging to Joe Biden was faked by Russian agents.
“House Judiciary Committee Republicans are demanding that 51 former intelligence operatives divulge information about their 2020 statement that documents from Hunter Biden’s laptop could be Russian disinformation — with a senior GOP aide telling The Post that the ex-spies should expect subpoenas next year if they fail to comply,” The New York Post reports.
The case involved a laptop computer Hunter Biden abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop. A review of its contents revealed emails, documents and photographs suggesting Hunter Biden was involved in “possible tax fraud, money laundering and foreign lobbying crimes,” the Post notes.
Some of the emails suggested Joe Biden knew of, and may possibly have profited from, Hunter’s activities.
That set off an all-out effort by Democrats and the media to defend Biden’s lead in the polls by alleging the laptop was fake, with the supposed “experts” signing a public statement the laptop’s contents had been fabricated by Russian agents.
After Biden won, The Washington Post finally admitted the laptop was real.
Should Republicans win a majority in the U.S. House in November’s election, they plan to investigate whether it was a scheme to illicitly influence the election through coordinated disinformation.
“At worse—and more likely—the public statement was a deliberate and coordinated effort to mislead the American people about information relevant to the 2020 presidential election by invoking your national security experience to falsely suggest that the allegations about Hunter Biden were not based in fact,” the letter to the 51 operatives from Judiciary Committee Republicans reads.
A senior Republican aide tells The Post “these intelligence officials have a choice: either cooperate now, or face the consequences when Republicans take the majority next year.”
“If they have nothing to hide, it shouldn’t be hard for them to work with the committee,” the source tells the Post.
The media and social media companies played along with the coordinated effort, using the fake letter to censor news stories and block social media comments on Biden’s laptop.
“The concerted effort to suppress public dissemination of the serious allegations about Hunter Biden and the Biden family, as first reported in October 2020 by the New York Post, was a grave disservice to American citizens’ informed participation in our democracy,” the letter says.
“Your public statement was consistent with a broader effort to minimize and censor the New York Post’s reporting about Hunter Biden and the Biden family. National news organizations called the allegations about Hunter Biden ‘dubious’ and a ‘non-scandal’; CBS News reporter Leslie Stahl said the allegations ‘can’t be verified’; and NPR called it a ‘waste … of time’ and a ‘pure distraction.’
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