On Saturday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding answers about a laptop that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden, which the FBI has reportedly possessed since December 2019, the Washington Examiner reported.
Johnson, chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has spent months investigating the allegations surrounding Hunter Biden’s international business dealings while his father, Joe Biden, was U.S. vice president.
FBI needs to answer questions
In the letter, Johnson informed Wray that his committee had been contacted by a “whistleblower” — possibly the owner of the repair shop where the laptop was abandoned — on Sept. 24, a day after releasing a joint report detailing Hunter Biden’s potential conflicts of interest.
Johnson said that the whistleblower had “informed my staff that he had possession of a laptop left in his business by Hunter Biden,” and also “informed us that he provided its contents to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to a December 9, 2019, grand jury subpoena,” the Examiner reported.
The senator further noted that initial requests from the committee to the FBI about the laptop had gone unanswered, and pointed out the “obligation” of the Bureau to provide basic answers to the committee’s questions, provided they didn’t risk exposing ongoing investigations.
“I have a responsibility to validate and verify the contents of any information produced to my committee. The committee must know if it receives information that could be fraudulent or not accurate,” Johnson wrote and proceeded to list several reasons why such verification from the FBI was “crucial” for the committee’s work.
“For example, if any information offered to the committee was linked to a foreign adversary’s attempt to interfere in the election, I would expect the FBI to ensure the committee is protected and receives a defensive briefing,” the senator wrote. “Similarly, knowingly providing false information to Congress is a crime, and I would expect the FBI to have informed me if, after having been given notice of what we received, this may have occurred.”
“That is precisely why my staff reached out to the FBI,” he added. “For these reasons, the committee must know whether the FBI has assessed the validity of materials the whistleblower has provided, and what, if any, actions the FBI has taken since obtaining this information.”
How, when, and from whom was the laptop received?
According to Just the News, Johnson also posed a series of questions to Wray with regard to Hunter Biden’s laptop, such as if the FBI possessed, either currently or previously, any materials from the device, and if so, how and when and from who was it obtained. Additionally, the senator asked if the bureau had utilized a grand jury subpoena to obtain said information, as well as if it was in possession of any other laptops or materials belonging to Hunter Biden.
As of now, the FBI has yet to address the questions posed by Sen. Johnson. A spokesman for the FBI told the Examiner that “the FBI declines to comment, keeping with our standard practice of not confirming or denying the existence of an investigation.”
“Why did they sit on it?”
Johnson spoke about his letter to Wray during an appearance Sunday morning on Fox News. He reiterated that the FBI had a “duty to inform” if it knew the information on the laptop was foreign disinformation or fraudulent. The bigger question in his mind, though, was what, if anything, the FBI knew and why, apparently, nothing had been done yet, after possessing the laptop for nearly a year.
“Why did they sit on it? Are they covering up just because Hunter Biden might be engaged in things that also maybe should have been investigated and possibly prosecuted?” Johnson asked. “Do we have two systems of justice: one for Democrats and one for Republicans? One for the well-connected versus one for the rest of the Americans?”