October 20, 2020

DNI States Hunter Biden's Laptop Is Not Russian Disinformation Campaign

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By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) claims that Hunter Biden's laptop was a part of a Russian disinformation campaign targeted at Joe Biden. However, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe states that no intelligence has been shared with Schiff and that the allegations are political.

The Background: 

Last week, information was released concerning a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, containing emails discussing deals with various foreign businesses. After Chairman Schiff alleged that emails on Hunter Biden's laptop were connected to a Russian disinformation campaign, DNI Ratcliffe refuted the claims, saying the media was attempting to use the incident for political purposes.

The Daily Wire writes: 

"The segment comes after the New York Post published a series of explosive reports last week outlining alleged emails that came from a laptop that was dropped off at a computer repair store in Delaware last April. The person who brought the laptop into the store never paid for service and never retrieved the device and, the store owner, after inspecting the device, turned it over to federal law enforcement officials. The store owner also claims to have made a copy of the device's hard drive, which he later turned over to an attorney."

The New York Post states that the emails included a correspondence between Hunter Biden and a member of a top Ukrainian energy firm, mentioning an introduction to Vice President Biden. Biden's campaign has said there is no record of the meeting in Ukraine.

According to The Daily Wire, Hunter Biden and the Biden campaign have not disavowed the emails released so far, nor denied that the laptop belongs to Hunter Biden. Ratcliffe states that the laptop is in possession of the FBI.

Notable Quotes:

"In this case, Adam Schiff saying this is part of a disinformation campaign and that the intelligence community has assessed and believes that -- that is simply not true... Whether it's Republicans or Democrats, if they try to leverage the intelligence community for political gain, I won't allow it." - John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence (The NY Post). 


Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama.

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