A former director of the Central Intelligence Agency has revealed information that has shook the White House with yet another scandal.
Former Acting CIA Director Mike Morell testified under oath that current Secretary of State Antony Blinken messaged him “on or before” October 17, 2020, regarding a story published by The New York Post about Hunter Biden’s laptop, according to a report by The New York Post.
After his conversation with Blinken, Morell said he decided to organize a letter to be signed by 50 other former intelligence chiefs stating that they believed The Post’s story bore the “earmarks” of “Russian disinformation” because he wanted to “help Vice President Biden win the election”
Before speaking with Blinken, he had no intention of penning such a letter, but the phone call “triggered” him to do so.
The Post published:
Blinken emailed Morell a USA Today article at 10:53 p.m. on the night of the call, asserting that the FBI was investigating whether Hunter’s laptop was part of a “disinformation campaign.”
The signature block of Andrew Bates, then-director of rapid response for the Biden campaign, appeared at the foot of Blinken’s email. Morell stated that he conducted “a little bit of my own research” before contacting retired CIA senior operations officer Marc Polymeropoulos for assistance in drafting the letter discrediting The Washington Post’s reporting. Morell collected the signatures of fifty-one former intelligence officials over the next two days, including his own and four other former CIA directors, including John Brennan and Leon Panetta.
The House Judiciary Committee explained the testimony in a press release.
“On October 14, 2020, the New York Post published a report detailing how Hunter Biden used the position and influence of his father, now-President Joe Biden, for personal gain with the apparent awareness of President Biden. The article reported on several emails found on a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden that he had abandoned in a Delaware computer shop. The contents of the emails cast doubt on President Biden’s previous denials of speaking to his son about his international business dealings,” the press release said.
“Within five days of the article, on October 19, 2020, 51 former intelligence officials released a public statement attempting to discredit the contents of the New York Post’s reporting about Hunter Biden, stating that the story ‘has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.’ News publications immediately ran with the statement, with Politico publishing a story with the conclusive headline, ‘Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former officials say.’ During the final presidential debate on October 22, then-Vice President Biden cited the public statement to rebut President Trump’s criticism of the Biden family business dealings,” it said.
“The Committees recently conducted a transcribed interview with Michael Morell, a former Deputy Director of the CIA and one of the 51 signatories of the public statement. In his transcribed interview, Morell testified that on or around October 17, 2020, Blinken served as a senior advisor to the Biden campaign and reached out to him to discuss the Hunter Biden laptop story. According to Morell, although your outreach was couched as simply gathering Morell’s reaction to the Post story, it set in motion the events that led to the issuance of the public statement,” The Judiciary Committee said.
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“That same day, October 17, Blinken also emailed Morell an article published in USA Today alleging that the FBI was examining whether the Hunter Biden laptop was part of a ‘disinformation campaign.’ The very bottom of the email he sent to Morell included the signature block of Andrew Bates, then-director of rapid response for the Biden campaign,” it said. CONTINUE READING…