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GOP Vows Probe Into Suppression of Hunter Biden Laptop Story If Party Regains Majority

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OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


Republican lawmakers are vowing to launch investigations into the suppression of stories involving Hunter Biden taken from an abandoned laptop directly ahead of the 2020 election if the party regains control of Congress following the 2022 midterms.

In particular, Republicans are eying former intelligence officials, Big Tech, and media outlets to provide reasoning as to why they downplayed revelations first reported by the New York Post or, in the case of the intelligence community, falsely assigned them to a “Russian disinformation” campaign.

In a Tuesday interview with the John Solomon Reports podcast, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said that he and other Republicans were preparing to send letters to preserve evidence in order to set the stage for subpoenas as part of an investigation into why the story was censored, Just The News reported.

Issa is likely to head up the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the event the GOP retakes the congressional majority and thus would be in charge of the panel’s probe.

“What I can’t live with is the fact that when the New York Post, one of the oldest print newspapers in the country, founded in 1801, comes out with credible evidence, which they can show how they got it, what their sources were — there were no hidden sources on this — they not only got shut down by … Facebook and Twitter but they got shut down by the New York Times, by public broadcasting, by virtually everyone,” Issa told Solomon.

“And they were shut down by having more than 50 of the most informed people in the intelligence world all saying that they knew that this was false information. That is a conspiracy of monumental size,” the representative said.

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“That is where we’re asking to have the evidence preserved,” he said. “And when we receive the ability to subpoena again … on the anticipation that the House will return to the [GOP] majority, this is an investigation that has to be done, because shutting down the First Amendment is now a pattern of new media. But it’s also becoming a pattern of old media. And there aren’t very many older than the New York Times.”

Some of the legacy media, including The New York Times, have begun to admit that the laptop is genuine, but those admissions are coming long after the election.

“Who made the decision to shut [the story] down?” asked Issa. “Who [did] that person talk to? What was in their texts and the like? Because there obviously was — and I hate the use of this word, since it was false when it was first used — but collusion at the highest levels” between the media, former government officials, and Big Tech.

“The First Amendment is the one that protects our democracy,” the representative said. “Right now, there is an attack on free speech. Everything else will be washed away in the annals of history if we cannot have … diversity of opinion that used to be common on college campuses and certainly used to be on the pages of the major newspapers, both left and right.”

The California Republican also said that the purpose of the probes would be to ensure that free speech in a world with new media is protected.

Meanwhile, the New York Post’s editorial board is rubbing it in the face of all who “debunked” the paper’s pre-2020 presidential election story about Hunter Biden’s laptop after it has been vindicated.

In particular, the editorial board took honed in on 51 members of the intelligence community who strongly suggested the reports were “Russian disinformation” in an ‘open letter’ just a few days after The Post’s first report.

The letter was even cited during a debate between then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and then-President Donald Trump.

“If this stuff is true about Russia, Ukraine, China, other countries, Iraq. If this is true, then he’s a corrupt politician. So don’t give me the stuff about how you’re this innocent baby. Joe, that calling you a corrupt politician,” Trump said. “They’re calling it the laptop from hell.”

Biden responded by claiming, “There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what he’s accusing me of is a Russian plant. They have said that this has all the … five former heads of the CIA, both parties, say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage. Nobody believes it except him and his good friend, Rudy Giuliani.”

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“You mean the laptop is now another Russia, Russia, Russia hoax? You got to be kidding me,” Trump mocked.

“That’s exactly what I was told,” Biden said.

The New York Post editorial board ripped into the now-former intelligence officials:

They are the supposed nonpartisan group of top spies looking out for the best interest of the nation.

But the 51 former “intelligence” officials who cast doubt on The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop stories in a public letter really were just desperate to get Joe Biden elected president. And more than a year later, even after their Deep State sabotage has been shown again and again to be a lie, they refuse to own up to how they undermined an election.

The officials, including CNN pundit and professional fabricator James Clapper — a man who was nearly charged for perjury for lying to Congress — signed a letter saying that the laptop “has the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”

What proof did they have? By their own admission, none. “We do not know if the emails . . . are genuine or not,” the letter said. They’re just “suspicious.” Why? Because they hurt Biden’s campaign, that’s evidence enough.

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