In late 2020, the New York Post announced that it found potentially incriminating material on a laptop which once belonged to Hunter Biden. While social media companies quickly moved to suppress the story, they didn’t act alone.
Fifty-one former intelligence officials also served as accomplices in attempting to discredit the Post’s reporting. Now, former President Trump wants to hold them accountable.
The New York Times and Washington Post admit the laptop story was real
According to Fox News, the former officials included such figures as former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
They signed on to a letter in October of 2020 which said the laptop story had “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”
Fox News noted that President Joe Biden referenced the letter in a debate, declaring, “They have said that this has all the characteristics– four-five former heads of the CIA, both parties, say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage.”
Trump attorney: Former intelligence officials committed “an egregious breach”
The Post reported this past Wednesday that Trump attorney Tim Parlatore has responded “by filing five letters of complaint with the agencies that formerly employed the 51” officials who signed on to the 2020 letter.
This letter purportedly relied on the combined and established credibility of these intelligence officials, through collective experience and knowledge of intelligence information, including classified material, to assess that the laptop was not authentic and ‘has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.’
Over a year after the election, it is conceded that the laptop and its contents are authentic, and the judgment espoused by these 51 former intelligence officials is baseless and false.
Parlatore then went on to point out that all 51 individuals were “bound by the lifelong obligation” to submit the letter to their respective agencies in order to determine whether it contained classified information. The agencies should have then issued disclaimers stating that they could not vouch for the letter’s claims.
He then argued that the failure of any signatory to do this constituted “an egregious breach” and demanded that the agencies take legal action against their former employees.
Parlatore will next request that the Federal Elections Commission record the letter as an in-kind campaign contribution. Finally, he plans to file suit in federal court against the 51 and the Biden campaign.