Whistleblowers told Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) that the FBI’s leadership prohibited investigators from looking into Hunter Biden’s laptop until after the outcome of the 2020 election.
According to the senator’s letter to Justice Department (DOJ) Inspector Gen. Michael Horowitz dated Wednesday, the FBI delayed its examination of Hunter’s laptop because it “was not going to influence the result of the election again.”
Whistleblowers said in the letter that the FBI refrained from looking into the laptop because it was concerned that a public investigation might affect the result of the 2020 election:
“These whistleblowers said that after the FBI bought the Hunter’s laptop from the Wilmington, Delaware, computer store, local FBI leadership instructed staff to “not look at the Hunter Biden laptop” and that the FBI “was not going to affect the result of the election again.” These leakers further claim that the FBI did not start looking into Hunter Biden’s laptop’s contents until after the presidential election of 2020, which might have been a year after the FBI had acquired the laptop in December 2019.”
Johnson said that the FBI “cannot be trusted” to look into Hunter’s laptop and that the FBI’s activities that caused the laptop investigation to be delayed should also be looked into.
Johnson wrote, “I urge you to quickly look into how the FBI handled Hunter Biden’s laptop and to start by getting the history of the investigative activities the FBI took on Hunter Biden’s laptop, which should be accessible on Sentinel, the FBI’s case management system. This case file should include important details regarding the procedures the FBI used to inspect the laptop.”
Hunter’s laptop was referred to as Russian misinformation during the presidential election as a result of the FBI’s leadership choice to “undermine” the investigation into the device.
Up to 15 media figures said that Hunter’s laptop emails were probably Russian propaganda. Additionally, a lot of media sites cited the now-famous Politico report detailing 51 intelligence officials’ suspicions that the laptop included Russian propaganda. However, the intelligence letter Politico cited really made the following suggestion:
“We want to underline that we do not know whether the emails released to the New York Post by Pres. Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani are authentic or not, and that we don’t have proof of Russian participation — just that our experience makes us very suspicious that the Russian government had a substantial role in this matter, the statement reads.”
After the original report on October 24, 2020, CNN waited 532 days to acknowledge that Hunter’s “laptop from hell” was real. At the time, CNN called the initial report “Russian misinformation” and “made up.” Hunter’s laptop narrative was also referred to as a “Breitbart… rabbit hole” and undeserving of attention by former CNN president Jeff Zucker.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was later informed in a congressional hearing by Matthew Olsen, the National Security Division’s associate attorney general, that the DOJ is looking into Hunter. According to a July report from CNN, US Attorney David Weiss, who was appointed by Trump, is considering whether Hunter Biden and his accomplices violated federal firearm and other restrictions as well as money laundering, campaign finance, tax, and foreign lobbying crimes.