In a stunning turn of events, a former CIA official who helped write and approve the Hunter Biden laptop letter on behalf of the intelligence community has turned against Democratic President Joe Biden and his team.
In October 2020, 51 former and current intelligence officials signed a letter claiming Russia fabricated Hunter’s “Laptop from Hell” reports.
Michael Morell, a former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has just testified that President Biden’s secretary of state, Antony Blinken, influenced its creation.
The House Judiciary Committee, headed by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), has received the material now that Morell has come forward.
#BREAKING: Testimony Reveals Secretary Blinken and the Biden Campaign Were Behind the Infamous Public Statement from Former Intel Officials on the Hunter Biden Laptop @Jim_Jordan and @RepMikeTurner reveal HUGE news here: pic.twitter.com/bX3fpqJKPo
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) April 21, 2023
In a statement, the House Judiciary Committee said:
“New testimony by Michael Morell, a former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and one of the 51 signatories of the ‘Public Statement on the Hunter Biden Emails,’ revealed that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, then senior advisor to the Biden campaign, was the impetus of the public statement signed in October 2020 that falsely implied the New York Post’s reporting about Hunter Biden was the product of Russian disinformation.
“In response, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) just sent a letter to Secretary Blinken demanding documents and communications related to the Committees’ investigation.
“On October 14, 2020, the New York Post published a report detailing how Hunter Biden used the position and influence of his father, now-President Joe Biden, for personal gain with the apparent awareness of President Biden.
“The article reported on several emails found on a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden that he had abandoned in a Delaware computer shop.
“The contents of the emails cast doubt on President Biden’s previous denials of speaking to his son about his international business dealings.
“Within five days of the article, on October 19, 2020, 51 former intelligence officials released a public statement attempting to discredit the contents of the New York Post’s reporting about Hunter Biden, stating that the story ‘has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.’
“News publications immediately ran with the statement, with Politico publishing a story with the conclusive headline, ‘Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former officials say.’
“During the final presidential debate on October 22, then-Vice President Biden cited the public statement to rebut President Trump’s criticism of the Biden family business dealings.
“The Committees recently conducted a transcribed interview with Michael Morell, a former Deputy Director of the CIA and one of the 51 signatories of the public statement.
“In his transcribed interview, Morell testified that on or around October 17, 2020, Blinken served as a senior advisor to the Biden campaign and reached out to him to discuss the Hunter Biden laptop story.
“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.
“That same day, October 17, Blinken also emailed Morell an article published in USA Today alleging that the FBI was examining whether the Hunter Biden laptop was part of a ‘disinformation campaign.’
“The very bottom of the email he sent to Morell included the signature block of Andrew Bates, then-director of rapid response for the Biden campaign.
“Morell testified that his communication with Blinken was one of a few communications he had with the Biden campaign, explaining that he also received a call from Steve Ricchetti, Chairman of the Biden campaign, following the October 22 debate to thank him for writing the statement.
“Morell also explained that the Biden campaign helped to strategize about the public release of the statement.
“Morell further explained that one of his two goals in releasing the statement was to help then-Vice President Biden in the debate and to assist him in winning the election.
“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.
“Although the statement’s signatories have an unquestioned right to free speech and free association—which we do not dispute—their reference to their national security credentials lent weight to the story and suggested access to specialized information unavailable to other Americans.
“This concerted effort to minimize and suppress public dissemination of the serious allegations about the Biden family was a grave disservice to all American citizens’ informed participation in our democracy,” the GOP said.
Biden repeatedly used the letter to deflect questions about the laptop, even after the election. pic.twitter.com/tTMtRg5MQM
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) April 21, 2023