Amid increased suspicion of plans to intervene in the 2020 election, House Republicans are requesting information and records from the 51 former intelligence officials who signed an October 2020 letter confirming Russian participation.
The request of House GOP comes after the New York Post released emails from now-President Joe Biden’s son. The New York Times and Washington Post joined other right-wing media sites in confirming the laptop’s emails.
Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Jim Jordan, sent letters to each signatory, asking them to “identify all people with whom you communicated about the inception” of the ex-intelligence officials’ letter, and to “produce all documents and communications referring or relating to” it. The GOP requested the information by April 20.
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Politico released the ex-intelligence officers’ letter. “The real strength here… is the amount of former, working-level IC officials who want the American people to know that once again the Russians are interfering,” said Nick Shapiro, a senior adviser to Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan. Former CIA senior operations officer Marc Polymeropoulos said National Review he and former acting CIA Director Mike Morell “sort of put everything together.”
“50 former national intelligence officials stated what he accuses me of is a Russian plan,” Biden added. They say it contains all — four, five former CIA directors. Both sides claim he’s full of it.”
“Hunter Biden tale is Russian disinfo, hundreds of former intel officials say,” the Politico piece said. However, the letter never termed the piece Russian “disinformation.
“We do not have proof of Russian involvement,” the letter said at numerous points. This raises the suspicion that the Russian government took a big role in this case. “If we are correct, this is Russia attempting to influence how Americans vote in this election,” the letter states.
“Why was there so much coordination between Big Tech, Big Media, the Democrat Party, and 51 intelligence officials only days before the election?” Jordan told the Washington Examiner this week. “I believe I know the solution, which is simply politics.”
Former CIA Director Leon Panetta’s chief of staff, Jeremy Bash, was named last week to the Afghanistan War Commission by the Democratic chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
The Republicans said the letter “emphasized your and the other signatories’ national security credentials, implying that the assertions and conclusions in the statement were based on information unavailable to other Americans.” On Hunter Biden and the Biden family, the GOP stated, “Your public comment was consistent with a larger attempt to diminish and censor.”
The Politico said that White House press secretary Jen Psaki instantly shared the Politico article, labeling the laptop reports Russian misinformation. “The Biden campaign regularly utilized your remarks to refute the charges against Hunter Biden,” said Jordan.
The president’s assertions of Russian misinformation were refuted by Psaki, who pointed reporters to the Justice Department and Hunter Biden’s attorneys.
During the election, both Twitter and Facebook blocked the New York Post’s report. Twitter disabled the New York Post’s account, while Facebook halted the story’s dissemination. In the last weeks before the 2020 election, Republicans claim, “These efforts undoubtedly impacted public knowledge of serious issues involving the Biden family”.
A public statement by you and your co-signatories regarding alleged election meddling was at best imprudent, the House Judiciary GOP concluded. Invoking your national security credentials to falsely indicate that the charges against Hunter Biden were not founded in truth, would be an intentional and organized attempt to deceive the American people.
Some Officials from the National Security Agency stated the laptop was not part of a Russian misinformation effort in October 2020.