Director Of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Monday debunked the latest Democrat/media conspiracy theory, saying there is no intelligence that supports the idea that Hunter Biden’s emails are linked to Russian disinformation.
Multiple media outlets on Friday ran anonymously sourced stories claiming that the FBI was investigating the emails as part of a Russian effort to spread disinformation ahead of the 2020 election.
“Hunter Biden’s laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign and I think it’s clear the American people know that,” Ratcliffe said during an appearance on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria.”
As The New York Post reported last Wednesday, one particularly damning email showed that Hunter Biden had introduced his father, then President Barack Obama’s vice president, to a top executive at Burisma Holdings, a notoriously corrupt energy firm where Hunter sat on the Board. A year later, Biden called for the ouster of a top Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption at Burisma, including corruption involving his son. Joe Biden has repeatedly denied knowing anything about Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine.
Ratcliffe rebuked Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for spreading the deep state lie that the bombshell emails were somehow a “smear” that originated in the Kremlin.
“The origins of this whole smear are from the Kremlin and the president is only too happy to have Kremlin help in trying to amplify it,” Schiff said Friday on CNN.
“This whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin,” says House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, reacting to the FBI leading an investigation into whether unverified emails about Hunter Biden are tied to a Russian disinformation effort targeting his father’s campaign. pic.twitter.com/DMSaw5MdSf
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“It’s funny that some of the people that complained the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing intelligence and unfortunately in this case, it is Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who as you pointed out on Friday said that the intelligence community believes that Hunter Biden’s laptop and e-mails on it are part of some Russian disinformation campaign,” Ratcliffe said.
“Let me be clear, the intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that and we shared no intelligence with chairman Schiff or any other member of Congress that Hunter Biden’s laptop is part of some Russian disinformation campaign. It’s simply not true,” Ratcliffe continued.
“This is exactly what I said i would stop when I became the director of National Intelligence, and that’s people using the Intelligence Community to leverage some political narrative,” the DNI added. “And in this case, apparently Chairman Schiff wants anything against his preferred political candidate to be deemed as not real and is using, or attempting to use the Intelligence Community to say ‘there’s nothing to see here.'”
Ratcliffe said Democrats and their allies in the media should “leave the Intelligence Community out of it.”
A senior U.S. intelligence official later corroborated Ratcliffe’s comments on Fox News to The Federalist’s Sean Davis.
“Ratcliffe is 100 percent correct. There is no intelligence at this time to support Chairman Schiff’s statement that recent stories on the Biden’s foreign business dealings are part of a smear campaign that ‘comes from the Kremlin,’” the official told The Federalist. “Numerous foreign adversaries are seeking to influence American politics, policies and media narratives. They don’t need any help from politicians who spread false information under the guise of intelligence.”