Hunter Biden falsely claimed that the intelligence community has publicly determined his laptop scandal to be “Russian disinformation,” The Washington Examiner reported Friday.
President Joe Biden‘s son has been arguing he has “done nothing wrong,” saying he’s confident the Justice Department investigates his taxes he will be clear his name.
In his various interviews promoting his memoir, “Beautiful Things,” Hunter has acknowledged that the purported laptop allegedly given to a Delaware repair shop in 2019 could belong to him. Although, he has said he has no recollection and that the device could have been stolen, he could have been hacked, or—citing no evidence—Russian intelligence could have played a role.
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However, in an interview this week on the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast, Hunter falsely claimed that a recently published report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence had determined the laptop story to be Russian-backed disinformation. Former President Donald Trump’s director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, said no evidence supported the claim that the laptop story was a Russian disinformation campaign. Last month, too, a report published by President Biden’s spy community did not specifically reference the laptop, The Washington Examiner noted.
“I say it to everybody — I think I write it in the book — is that, this is the truest thing I ever heard, is that, getting sober is easy, all you gotta do is change everything. And I can tell you that the ability to change everything requires, at least from me, not only getting honest with the people around me but getting honest with myself. And for the first time, I’ve been allowed to — I’ve given myself permission to do that,” Hunter told host Marc Maron. “Now, you know, it’s a hell of a lot easier when your story is being — um, you know, the concocted story of you out there is even worse than the story I write in the book.”
“But, did you pick up your laptop or?” Maron asked.
Hunter laughed and responded: “Yeah, the creepiest thing is — look, I have no clue what’s real. Only thing I do know is that the intelligence community just came out with a report that said the entire thing is Russian disinformation. And I tell people — just give them my book. I mean, it’s all right there. I’ve got nothing to hide.”
Maron then said, “The funny thing is like, […] given how much s— was stolen from you over the years when you were high, who the f— knows.”
Agreeing with Maron, Hunter replied: “Yeah. Yeah. I mean, exactly, who knows. Only thing I do know is that Rudy Giuliani is supposedly sleeping with it, which is creepy enough just to even think about,” referencing Trump’s personal lawyer.
President Biden’s 2020 campaign dismissed the laptop story, which broke in October, as being part of a Russian disinformation effort without backing up their claims with evidence.
After it came to light in December that the Justice Department was investigating Hunter’s taxes, concerns about him started to grow.
Read the full original Washington Examiner story here.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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