Biden Trial Exposes Lies About Hunter’s Laptop


Four years following claims by 51 ex-intelligence officials that a laptop was part of Russian misinformation, the device was used to convict its owner.

Hunter Biden was found guilty on Tuesday of three felony gun charges, setting the stage for his federal tax crimes trial in September. Throughout the trial, which lasted a week, Biden found in violation of a gun law deemed unconstitutional. Yet, he avoided prosecution for potentially more significant crimes linked to revelations from his laptop, leaked by the New York Post in 2020. These revelations could have implicated his father, the president, but that potential trial would have relied heavily on the controversial hard drive’s contents.

During the Delaware gun case, prosecutors brought forth evidence from the laptop, which a federal judge had deemed admissible. This included confirmation of the hard drive’s authenticity by an FBI agent, alongside several pieces of evidence and personal memoir excerpts detailing Biden’s struggle with addiction, as reported by the Washington Examiner. The FBI, however, remained silent when Fox News inquired about any regrets over initially dismissing the laptop’s authenticity. Instead, the bureau had earlier contributed to its discreditation by warning social media platforms of potential Kremlin interference.

Despite the laptop now featuring as a pivotal piece of evidence in Biden’s conviction, the 51 intelligence officials who initially dismissed it as Russian disinformation in 2020 have stood by their statements. Fox News Digital’s outreach for comment on whether they regretted their actions yielded little change in stance, with many declining to retract their earlier positions. A lawyer representing several of these officials branded the original letter to Politico as “patriotic”.

Conversely, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, a member of the NewsGuard advisory board known for informational integrity, refused to engage in discussions about his endorsement of the letter. He had previously justified spreading misinformation for political purposes in a 2022 interview with New York Magazine, emphasizing the perceived threat of Russian activities.

Among these officials, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN analyst, specifically rebuffed any notion of retraction or apology for signing the controversial letter.

In light of these developments, House Republicans, led by Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio, are investigating if the CIA had any involvement in the genesis of the 2020 letter. Jordan’s inquiry to CIA Director William Burns in December sought details on any contractors listed as signatories, exploring their current affiliations with the intelligence community, highlighting the ongoing scrutiny into the political and intelligence ramifications of the laptop’s contents and its initial dismissal as disinformation.

Tristan Justice
Tristan Justice
Tristan Justice is our western correspondent and the author of Social Justice Redux, a conservative newsletter on culture, health, and wellness. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism.

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