DANIEL VAUGHAN: McCarthy, GOP signal start of Hunter Biden probe

In an interview with the New York Post, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that a future Republican House probe of Hunter Biden would “expand to US intelligence agencies and chiefs who were almost certainly aware of his shady foreign activities while his father was vice president.” It’s a signal that a Hunter Biden probe is coming and that Republicans already have whistleblowers ready to talk.

The main thrust of McCarthy’s interview was focusing on the intelligence community. When the New York Post first broke the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop, the Post reached out to many of the intelligence chiefs available to get a comment. Almost all said the Post story was Russian disinformation.

Yet when the story was proven true, that narrative collapsed. When the Post reached out again “to all 51 officials in March, most ignored the inquiry and none apologized. A few even doubled down.”

McCarthy rolls out the red carpet.

McCarthy told the Post regarding those intelligence chiefs:

“You would want to ask these individuals first of all, ‘Would you still sign the letter today, and who asked you to sign the letter and why did you sign the letter, and what information did you have prior?'” McCarthy said. “Why did you feel comfortable — especially with your own reputations — that you would sign that letter? Was it someone from the [Biden] campaign who asked, or was it people in the intel community?

“I think these questions have to be answered. You cannot allow an intel community to utilize their name in an improper way without correcting,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy added, “Republicans have already sent more than 500 ‘preservation letters’ — demands to not destroy specific data and documents — to various agencies and individuals to secure the information they need.”

What makes this interview interesting is that McCarthy is opening the door. This interview is less a declaration of what the Republicans will do if they retake power and more an invitation. He’s telling potential whistleblowers in the intelligence community that they’re free to start lining up now.

Grassley finds FBI whistleblowers

One of the key proponents of whistleblower laws is Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Grassley opened his salvo on the Hunter Biden probe by revealing he had whistleblowers from the FBI.

In a letter to the FBI and DOJ, Grassley said, “his office has been contacted by current and former ‘highly credible whistleblowers’ who described how the FBI improperly sought to discredit the Hunter Biden case by labeling ‘verified and verifiable derogatory information about the president’s son as disinformation.'”

Jerry Dunleavy at the Washington Examiner adds that “One of the whistleblowers claimed the FBI assistant special agent in charge of the Washington field office, Timothy Thibault, shut down a line of inquiry into Hunter Biden in October 2020 despite some of the details being known to be true at the time.”

Further, “A whistleblower also said Thibault’ ordered closed’ an “avenue of additional derogatory Hunter Biden reporting,” according to Grassley, even though ‘all of the reporting was either verified or verifiable via criminal search warrants.’ The senator said Thibault’ ordered the matter closed without providing a valid reason as required’ and that FBI officials ‘subsequently attempted to improperly mark the matter in FBI systems so that it could not be opened in the future,’ according to the disclosures.”

Hunter Biden probe is happening.

There’s plenty more too. The computer shop repairman who alerted federal agencies to Hunter Biden’s laptop is suing multiple media companies for defamation for how they covered him. These stories have caused a shift in tone even at the FBI. Christopher Wray called the allegations troubling.

All of which brings us back to McCarthy. The goal of a House investigation is not to limit it to the FBI and DOJ. McCarthy is seeking a much wider net. He’s unquestionably talked with Grassley and likely knows the whistleblowers at the FBI. The interview with the New York Post is about inviting others from intelligence agencies to weigh in too.

The letter gives McCarthy and Republicans an obvious cover to seek more information into what those people knew. However, that letter and McCarthy’s use is a pretext for far more. The goal is an expansive probe that pulls at threads across the Biden administration.

Invoking the letter and giving an interview that all but rolls out a red carpet to other whistleblowers signals the prerogatives of House investigators. It’s not a matter of “if” regarding a Hunter Biden probe; it’s a matter of when. Further, it’s not a matter of whether Republicans have evidence and witnesses; it’s just a matter of how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Democrats spent years on the Trump-Russia claims. They’re likely to get a taste of their own medicine with the Hunter Biden probe.