Hunter Biden’s House probe is expanding to include US intelligence agencies and bosses, who were almost certainly aware of his shady foreign activities when his father was vice president, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy told The Post.
“You should come in and talk to us,” McCarthy said in an exclusive conversation with The Post. “You would want to ask these individuals what they knew and when.
“People can come in and talk to us and answer the questions. If that is not the case, sometimes we will use the subpoena as well,” he added.
In October 2020 – just days after The Post published the first stories documenting Hunter Biden’s potentially criminal foreign dealings found on his abandoned laptop – 51 former intelligence officials published a public letter calling the story “Russia-driven.” disinformation”.
“The arrival on the US political scene of emails allegedly belonging to Vice President Biden’s son Hunter, much of which is related to his tenure on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma, has all the classic hallmarks of a Russian intelligence operation. “ Letter read just 14 days before the presidential election.
“Our experience makes us deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case,” she continued solemnly. “If we’re right, Russia is trying to influence Americans’ voting in this election, and we firmly believe Americans need to be aware of that.”
The hard drive information first revealed by The Post — which the Bidens have never disputed — has since been accepted as fact by even the most liberal media outlets, including the New York Times and Washington Post.
When The Post reached out to all 51 officers in March, most ignored the request and none apologized. Some have even doubled.
“Yes, I stand by the statement made at the time. … I think it was appropriate to issue such a cautionary tale at the time,” said James Clapper, who served as Director of National Intelligence from 2010 to 2017 when Joe Biden was Vice President.
John Brennan, who served as CIA Director from 2013 to 2017, and Leon Panetta, CIA Director from 2009 to 2011 and Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013, were also among the signatories.
“You would want to ask these people first and foremost, ‘Would you 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 beforehand?'” McCarthy said. “Why did you feel comfortable – especially with your own reputation – that you would sign this letter? Was it someone from the [Biden] campaign, who asked, or was it people in the intelligence community?
“I think these questions need to be answered. You cannot allow an intelligence community to use your name in an inappropriate way without correcting it,” McCarthy said.
Even if it is proven that intelligence chiefs knew about Hunter Biden’s illegal activities and did nothing and then publicly lied about it, insiders say public shaming and no prosecution is expected.
So far, investigators of the house have not contacted the signatories of the letter.
The House GOP is just four votes short of a majority in the chamber. Should Republicans retake the House — a result widely expected by both parties — McCarthy is on track to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.
Even without a majority, the House Oversight Committee teeted off. On Thursday, GOP members attacked the body of FBI Director Christopher Wray — wanting to know why his agency was sitting on Hunter Biden’s laptop, which they’ve had since at least December 2019. Critics like Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) have said they have “no confidence” in the FBI or Justice Department to investigate Hunter Biden.
“I will give [Wray] the benefit of the doubt at this point,” McCarthy disagreed. “We’re going to ask the tough questions and if we don’t get honest answers, there will be consequences.”
House Republicans have already vowed to subpoena Hunter Biden himself.
The Hunter Biden investigation is the most well-known of a blizzard of investigations the GOP leader is planning. Other blockbuster investigations will include the origins of the coronavirus and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
McCarthy boasted that Republicans have already sent more than 500 “safety letters” — requests not to destroy certain data and documents — to various agencies and individuals to secure the information they need, and balked at the suggestion that the Hunter Biden investigation is political. He said the investigation would be in full swing even if President Biden were to announce he would not seek re-election in 2024.
“We have a duty of care,” McCarthy said.
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