Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Sunday that Hunter Biden may be fooling some fans and Democrat-leaning media types that he has no idea if ‘the laptop’ that has been associated with him is actually his, but he’s not fooling federal investigators and law enforcement because they know the truth.
In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Ratcliffe, who served during the final year of President Donald Trump’s term, make it clear that despite Biden’s pseudo-denials, claims of ignorance, and accusations of ‘Russian disinformation,’ federal law enforcement officials know the laptop was his and the contents on it genuine — as in, not products of a Moscow-based infiltration.
“To your point earlier about his book tour and the things that he doesn’t remember over the last four years, again, there was an FBI investigation ongoing at the time, before the election. It was Hunter Biden’s laptop. The things on that laptop that the FBI and the Department of Justice have — those are real,” Ratcliffe explained.
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“But now the question is: will Joe Biden’s Department of Justice exercise prosecutorial discretion against Joe Biden’s son? I don’t know the answer to that. I know what the answer should be,” he added.
USA Features News added:
Last week during interviews, Hunter Biden falsely claimed that the intelligence community has come out publicly and said the laptop was part of a disinformation operation.
During an early interview to promote his new book, “Beautiful Things,” Biden admitted the laptop which was dropped off at a Delaware computer repair shop in 2019 “certainly” could be his and even suggested that it might have been stolen from him, hacked, or infiltrated by Russian intelligence services.
Ratcliffe went on to suggest former intelligence officials who signed on to a letter from Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan, did so for political reasons.
“To have 50 former Obama-Clinton-Biden national security officials come out after the director of national intelligence says this is not true, and protect a false narrative to protect Joe Biden and try and influence the outcome of the election, that is the definition of politicizing intelligence,” he said. “And people ask me all the time about election interference and election influence, and yeah, we need to be concerned about Russia and China and Iran, but there’s no greater expression of that than what you just saw there. A completely false narrative.
“The intelligence community knew that this was not Russian disinformation, and law enforcement knew that it was Hunter Biden’s laptop — there was an open investigation into that, and yet those officials, supported by a corporate media, ran a false narrative and misinformed the American people,” he added.
The former DNI also railed at comments made by ‘Russian truther’ Adam Schiff of California, who told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in October of the laptop story which had just been broken by the New York Post, “Clearly, the origins of this whole smear are from the Kremlin.”
“It’s about being truthful, and that’s why I came out at that time after Adam Schiff came out with a false political narrative about this being Russian disinformation when there was absolutely no intelligence to support that. And it shouldn’t surprise us — that’s what Adam Schiff does as a politician,” Ratcliffe said.