Several former intelligence officials who signed a letter suggesting the Hunter Biden laptop was likely a “Russian intelligence operation” are joining a federal “expert” board that handles national security issues, the announced the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former CIA operations officer Paul Kolbe, who will now serve on the board, signed a Letter of October 2020 questioning the legitimacy of the Hunter Biden laptop and suggesting its release was a Russian disinformation ploy. The group will advise DHS on intelligence and homeland security efforts on issues such as “terrorism, fentanyl, cross-border issues and emerging technology.” announced.
The contents of the Hunter Biden laptop were authenticated by the Daily Caller News Foundation as well as The New York Times, Washington Post, CBS News and other media. There is currently no evidence to suggest the laptop was a Russian disinformation operation.(RELATED: Hunter Biden Admits Laptop Data Is Real After White House, Media Insisted For Months It Wasn’t)
The group will meet four times a year to advise DHS on countering threats to national security, according to the agency.
“The security of the American people depends on our ability to collect, generate, and disseminate actionable intelligence to our federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, campus, and private sector partners,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas in a statement on Tuesday about the formation of the group. “I express my deep gratitude to these distinguished individuals for devoting their exceptional expertise, experience and vision to our critical mission.”
Biden himself used the letter, the conclusion of which is false to characterize reports the contents of the laptop as a “junk heap”.
However, former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell witnessed to the Judicial Committee of the House that then-Biden senior adviser Antony Blinken, who is now the Secretary of State, “triggered” the creation of the letter. Former CIA chief of staff Jeremy Bash, who signed the letter, connected Morrell and then-Biden campaign chairman Steve Richetti; Bash He was later appointed to Biden’s Intelligence Advisory Council.
Additionally, both Clapper and Brennan have previously been criticized for misleading the American public.
Clapper gave incorrectly information in Congress on multiple occasions, including a one case in which he gave “inconsistent testimony” about contacts he had with the media while in office. Brennan, on the other hand, denied that CIA officials had hacked into the computers of Senate Intelligence Committee employees, a claim that was later shown to be false.
The letter signed by Brennan, Clapper and Kolbe argued that the release of emails from the laptop was an attempt by Russia to influence the US election.
“We are writing to say that the arrival on the American political scene of emails purportedly belonging to Vice President Biden’s son Hunter, much of which relates to his time on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, has every classic labels of a Russian. information operation,” the 2020 letter said.
“If we’re right, this is Russia trying to influence how Americans vote in this election, and we strongly believe that Americans need to be aware of that,” the letter added.
In a February letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ), lawyers representing Hunter Biden he seemed to admit that the data on your laptop is real.
Various social media platforms censored the New York Post report on the Hunter Biden laptop file.
DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the details of the board.
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