In the lead-up to the 2020 election, any negative information about then-Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden exposed by Republicans and conservative media was summarily dismissed by Democrats and their media allies as “Russian disinformation” — despite it being clear then as now that the information was accurate.
Now two top Senate Republicans have demanded an opportunity to interview two senior FBI officials who they believe were integral to the creation of that dismissive false narrative about Hunter Biden, the Washington Examiner reported.
The two Republicans, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), are demanding answers for an “unnecessary” briefing that was subsequently leaked to the media, as well as whistleblower allegations that the FBI deliberately downplayed negative information about Hunter and even temporarily halted its own investigation of his abandoned laptop.
FBI helped spur the false “Russian disinformation” narrative
The letter from Sens. Grassley and Johnson was sent Thursday to Nikki Floris, the Intelligence Analyst in Charge at the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Bradley Benavides, the deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, who both delivered a briefing to the senators on Aug. 6, 2020, and have now been called in to answer further questions.
That Aug. 6 briefing, which came at the request of Democratic committee members, was determined to be “unnecessary,” offered up nothing that was not already known, and was intended to “falsely attack our Biden investigation as advancing Russian disinformation.”
That briefing was then immediately leaked to certain media outlets — such as Politico at that time and, later, The Washington Post — and used to further the knowingly false narrative that accurate and verifiable negative information about Hunter Biden was instead nothing more than Russian disinformation designed to interfere in the U.S. election.
FBI worked to stall, and shut down Hunter Biden investigations
The senators further asserted in their letter that “whistleblowers have recently alleged that in August 2020, the same month you provided the briefing to us, FBI officials initiated a scheme to downplay derogatory information on Hunter Biden for the purpose of shutting down investigative activity relating to his potential criminal exposure by labeling it ‘disinformation.'”
“Whistleblowers have also alleged that local FBI leadership instructed employees not to look at the Hunter Biden laptop immediately after the FBI had obtained it,” Grassley and Johnson continued.
Furthermore, on at least four separate occasions, the senators have requested summaries of the Aug. 6 briefing and the basis for delivering it, but “The FBI has consistently failed to respond in full to each request and failed to provide those critical records which casts further doubt on the true purpose for the briefing.”
“Simply put, the unnecessary FBI briefing provided the Democrats and liberal media the vehicle to spread their false narrative that our work advanced Russian disinformation,” the letter summed up. “Although you stated that the FBI didn’t intend to ‘interfere’ in our investigation, the practical effect of such an unnecessary briefing and the subsequent leaks relating to it created interference, which frustrated and obstructed congressional oversight efforts.”
Time to finally answer questions in a “transcribed interview”
“The FBI answers to Congress and the American people; therefore, we request that you appear before us for a transcribed interview on these and related matters no later than September 8, 2022. In addition, at the time of our initial request in August 2020, all records relating to the briefing should have been preserved,” the two GOP senators concluded.
Perhaps this time, unlike the prior efforts to obtain answers to pertinent questions, the FBI will actually come clean about its increasingly apparent and overtly biased efforts to protect President Joe Biden from the consequences, both legal and political, of his own family’s actions.