Several United States intelligence agencies have answered the call to weigh in on the emails being attributed to Hunter Biden, son of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, to authenticate the source.
According to a report in The Daily Wire, both The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have confirmed that the laptop cited by the New York Post in multiple explosive articles about the former second son and his international business dealings.
The information was obtained via a laptop dropped off for repair that was never picked up again. That laptop was then given to Republicans who offered its contents to journalists, such as those from the New York Post, who published some of its contents.
“A senior federal law enforcement official tells @JakeBGibson 1) FBI & DOJ concur w/ Ratcliffe that Hunter Biden’s laptop & the emails in question weren’t part of a Russian disinformation campaign,” Fox News producer Sean Langille tweeted. “2) The FBI DOES have possession of the Hunter Biden laptop in question.”
The Fox News producer also added that Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum was told by federal law enforcement that the emails were authenticated by those in their departments at a federal level and that “the laptop may have not been looked at right away when it was received.”
News that the information was held before it was investigated came after it was announced by Director of Intelligence John Ratcliffe earlier this week that emails cited by the Post, were not part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
“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,” Ratcliffe said. “It’s simply not true.”
According to Ratcliffe, the intelligence committee chairman “wants anything against his preferred political candidate to be deemed as not real and is using the intelligence community, or attempting to use the intelligence community, to say there’s nothing to see here.”
“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.”
The Posts’ articles on the contents of the laptop garnered national media attention, at least partially because of efforts by major social media platforms, including Twitter, appeared to have attempted to suppress the spread of the articles by flagging them and even removing them or proferring punishments to those attempting to spread them.
Supporters of Joe Biden and his campaign came to his support, including Politico reporter Natasha Bertrand who promoted a letter from “50 former senior intelligence officials” who said that the disclosure of the emails “has all the classic earmarks of Russian information operation.”
In their first report, the New York Post explained some background on the information cited, saying that, “The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.
Fox News also cited them in their own report, confirming that the emails appeared “to outline a payout for former Vice President Joe Biden as part of a deal with a Chinese energy firm.”
Additionally, CBS News confirmed Fox News’ report from Tuesday afternoon, with Major Garrett writing on Twitter: “The FBI & DOJ concur with DNI Ratcliffe’s assessment that Hunter Biden’s laptop and the emails in question were not part of a Russian disinformation campaign. FBI does have possession of the Hunter Biden laptop in question.”