90 Miles From Tyranny : House GOP Probes Intel Agencies Using ‘Disinformation’ Charge to Obstruct Biden Investigation

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

House GOP Probes Intel Agencies Using ‘Disinformation’ Charge to Obstruct Biden Investigation

Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), the chairman of the House Weaponization Select Subcommittee, launched an oversight investigation into U.S. intelligence agencies for allegedly obstructing a 2020 Senate investigation concerning the Biden family.

Jordan wrote a letter to National Intelligence Director Avril Haines on Wednesday stating that the House Judiciary Committee and its subcommittee “are investigating allegations that the U.S. Intelligence Community obstructed a congressional inquiry in 2020 by falsely alleging that the work of two U.S. Senators was advancing Russian ‘disinformation.'”

Senators Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) initiated a congressional investigation into claims of influence peddling involving President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden three years ago. On August 6, 2020, two FBI officials presented the Republican lawmakers with a “defensive” briefing as part of their investigation, characterizing those claims as misinformation from Russia.

Grassley and Johnson were nearing completion of their September 2020 report concerning the purported influence-peddling schemes of Hunter Biden in China and Ukraine at that time, as noted by National Review.

Jordan is requesting that Haines provide “all drafts of the script” that were used to brief the two senators, demanding information about that “so-called ‘defensive’ briefing,” as he put it.

Jordan wrote, “The Senators’ investigation into Hunter Biden’s financial connections to foreign governments and foreign nationals was hampered by the briefing, the existence of which was later leaked.”

The Russian disinformation briefing that the two FBI officials received “consisted primarily of information that [the Senators] already knew and information unconnected to [their] Biden investigation,” according to a letter Grassley and Johnson later wrote to Nikki Floris, the then-Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence, and Bradley Benavides, the then-Section Chief of the Foreign Influence Task Force.

The GOP senators wrote in August 2022, “The unnecessary FBI briefing provided the Democrats and liberal media with the vehicle to spread their false narrative that our work advanced Russian disinformation. Even though you claimed that the FBI didn’t intend to “interfere” with our investigation, the practical effects of such an unnecessary briefing and the subsequent leaks related to it frustrated and obstructed congressional oversight efforts.

A whopping 51 former intelligence officials signed an open letter shortly after the New York Post published evidence of Biden family influence peddling on Hunter’s abandoned laptop, characterizing the device as the result of Russian disinformation.

In a debate with then-President Donald Trump, Biden brought up the letter to refute Trump’s assertions that he personally benefited from his vice presidential position.

By November 15, Haines needs to deliver the briefing script along with all the other materials listed in Jordan’s letter, along with all the documents and communications that were requested.

Earlier this week, Jordan announced that the House Judiciary Committee has begun looking into reports that the Justice Department spied on members of Congress and their staff.

“We now know that they spied on congressional staffers,” Jordan said in an appearance on Fox Business’s “The Evening Edit” with Elizabeth MacDonald. “We want to know, how far does it go? Were they spying on members? Were they spying on other staffers? Keep this in mind, Liz: We know they spied on President Trump’s campaign. We know all that from the FISA Court and what they did with...

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MMinWA said...

Never fear, The King of Gasbags will get to the bottom of this with another "investigation"

Anonymous said...

No one cares about these "investigations". They are meaningless until people in positions of power and/or influence are held to account.
It is all just a side show so politicians can claim they did something while doing nothing. Actions without results shows they reside on a scale between collusion and incompetence.