The false claim that the laptop was "Russian disinformation" was repeated ad nauseam by Biden allies, like Jen Psaki who became the first press secretary under the Biden administration. The claim was based on a letter signed by 50 former members of the intelligence community, and that letter was organized by former CIA director Mike Morell, who did so at the prompting of the Biden administration.
The Judiciary Committee stated in the letter Morell told the committee that Blinken, then a senior campaign official, reached out to him after the New York Post published articles detailing information found on the laptop concerning influence peddling and shady overseas business dealings.
Morell said that he organized the letter and the signatories to "help Vice President Biden" for the reason that he "wanted him to win the election." Morell used his influence to encourage his colleagues to sign a letter asserting false claims in order to further the Biden's campaign.
Morell was clear that it wasn't until he was contacted by Blinken that he determined to take the action to organize the letter or to exonerate Biden from the allegations stemming from his son's laptop. Morell said that his conversation with Blinken "triggered... that intent."
Apparenly, Blinken had sent Morell an article from USA Today that stated that the FBI was investigating the likelihood that the laptop, which was abandoned by Hunter Biden at a Delaware computer repair shop before the shopowner turned it over to the FBI (who sat on it) and to Rudy Giuliani, was part of a "disinformation campaign."
Morell then did his own research, and contacted retired CIA officials to help him get to the bottom of the allegations, with the intent of discrediting the reporting from the New York Post. Morell gathered the signatures, including those of John Brennan and Leon Panetta. Morell further testified that the Biden campaign indicated that a specific reporter at the Washington Post should get the letter, along with the campaign.
The letter landed at Politico, which ran the story that spawned so many others, claiming that the Hunter Biden story was "Russian disinfo" according to "dozens of former officials." The letter stated that the Post's reporting had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation."
That letter was used by the Biden campaign to discredit and censor the Post's factual reporting in order to help Biden win the 2020 presidential election.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe stated in October 2020 that the laptop was decidedly "not part of a Russian disinformation campaign." Also in October 2020, a Department of Justice source said that the FBI had dropped an investigation into the laptop, after its contents had been delivered to them by the laptop repair shop owner.
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