Director of National Intelligence: "Hunter Biden’s laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign"

by Joel Abbott · Oct 19th, 2020 10:55 am
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Last Updated Oct 20th, 2020 at 9:38 pm

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe confirmed Monday morning that there is no evidence that Hunter Biden's laptop or emails involved Russian interference.

Ratcliffe made the comments after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff suggested Friday that Biden's laptop is "clearly ... from the Kremlin."

"It's funny that some of the people that complained the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing intelligence," said Ratcliffe. "And unfortunately in this case, it is Adam Schiff – the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, – who as you pointed out on Friday said that the intelligence community believes that Hunter Biden's laptop and e-mails on it are part of some Russian disinformation campaign."

Ratcliffe went on to say that the evidence does not support any Russian involvement.

"Let me be clear, the intelligence community doesn't believe that – because there is no intelligence that supports that – and we shared no intelligence with chairman Schiff or any other member of Congress that Hunter Biden's laptop is part of some Russian disinformation campaign," said Ratcliffe. "It's simply not true."

The director went on to criticize Schiff for attempting to use the intelligence community to leverage a political narrative, in this case to protect Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden from a scandal.

"Don't drag the intelligence community into this," Ratcliffe continued. "Hunter Biden's laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign and I think it's clear the American people know that."

Radcliffe concluded by saying that without evidence of foreign espionage or involvement, the process for investigating Hunter Biden on fraud or corruption would go through the FBI, which reportedly has a copy of the data from the laptop.


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