The White House is scrambling to avoid allegations that the 2020 Biden campaign was involved in orchestrating an effort by former intelligence officials to discredit the Hunter Biden laptop story. White House spokesperson Ian Sams dismissed the accusations as a “wacky strategy” to re-litigate the 2020 election. The State Department, on the other hand, has refused to address the issue at all.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Michael Turner (R-OH) have uncovered information suggesting that the Biden campaign may have played a role in the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story. In a letter, the chairmen revealed that former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell testified to Congress that Secretary of State Antony Blinken, then Biden’s closest foreign policy adviser, contacted Morell about the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story. This initiated a series of events that led to a public statement by more than 50 former intelligence officials dismissing the story as Russian disinformation.
What’s amazing is that it took Jordan to uncover this. There are good Intel people who signed that letter and who must feel that they were duped. Why did no intrepid reporter call some of those signatories and ask who circulated it and get to the bottom of where it came from? https://t.co/oRIdpdkOpS
— Marc Thiessen 🇺🇸❤️🇺🇦&🇹🇼 (@marcthiessen) April 21, 2023
If these allegations are accurate, the Biden campaign may have been instrumental in censoring a story that could have damaged Biden’s chances in the 2020 election. At the time, the statement was presented as a warning from national security and intelligence experts about Russian disinformation.
Morell also stated that before Blinken’s call, he had no intention of helping to issue the statement. Following the call, however, Morell drafted the statement signed by 51 former officials and sent it to Politico. In addition, Morell testified that the Biden campaign even requested the statement be released via a specific Washington Post reporter.
Antony Blinken $ facilitator behind Biden Admin orchestrating the blocking of Hunter's laptop with letter from intel officials dismissing it as Russian disinfo.
— Joni Job (@jj_talking) April 20, 2023
After the statement was published, social media platforms Twitter and Facebook moved to censor the story and any accounts sharing it, including the New York Post’s Twitter account. The contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop raised questions about potential profits for Joe Biden from his son’s questionable business dealings with Chinese and foreign business partners.
We now *know* what was always obvious: intel agencies colluded w/the Biden campaign to run a disinfo op designed to censor discussion of the Hunter laptop. There will be no consequences: Liberals think it was good, conservatives have just accepted that’s how things are now.
— Martyr Made 🦉🪓 (@martyrmade) April 22, 2023
Jordan and Turner condemned Blinken’s involvement, stating it prevented Americans from making informed decisions during the presidential election. The chairmen wrote, “Based on Morrell’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.”
Despite this information, the State Department has refused to answer questions about Antony Blinken’s alleged involvement in the letter. State Department spokesman Vedant Patel maintained that it is “not a State Department issue” and has nothing to do with U.S. foreign policy or the department’s work.
Republicans argue that the discredited letter was devised to deflect criticism from then-candidate Biden as the laptop revealed messages that indicated the Bidens were capitalizing on their name. They further claim that suggesting Russian involvement helped suppress the story, possibly impacting the election just weeks away.
The two committees have requested Blinken provide the names of everyone he contacted in October 2020 to help put the letter together, giving him a deadline of May 4 to comply. As accusations and questions continue to swirl, only time will tell how this story unfolds and what consequences it may have for the Biden administration.