The Washington Free Beacon originally reported on Monday that two FBI senior officials who briefed Facebook ahead to its decision to block Hunter Biden laptop coverage were 2020 Democratic contributors.
Laura Dehmlow, head of the Foreign Influence Task Force unit, and Elvis Chan, head of the FBI’s San Francisco cyber branch, each contributed $50 to Democratic Georgia Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. According to a court document published by the Missouri Attorney General on Monday, both Dehmlow and Chan were “involved” in negotiations between the FBI and Facebook prior to the social media platform’s decision to block information regarding First Son Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop and its contents.
Facebook named Dehmlow and Chan in response to a request for any communications and interactions with Biden administration officials, but did not specify the substance of their communications. Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, stated in August that the FBI had alerted him and his business about “Russian misinformation” just prior to the release of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
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Twitter also banned laptop-related content based on information from anonymous intelligence community personnel. Jack Dorsey, the platform’s founder, later expressed sorrow over the choice.
While Dorsey refused to disclose the identities of those who instructed him and his company to censor the story as Russian disinformation, Chan has stated publicly that he “was very involved in helping to protect the 2020 U.S. elections” and that he met “weekly” with tech and social media companies to share intelligence on “unusual” activity on their platforms.
Press members and government leaders have demanded inquiries into political bias in the intelligence communities and accountability for those involved for the misinformation campaign around Hunter Biden’s laptop.