Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell specifically stated in an October 2020 email to John Brennan that he was organizing a letter of 51 intel experts to shoot down the Hunter Biden laptop story so Joe Biden would have a “talking point to push back on” Donald Trump if he brought up the issue during the last presidential debate of the 2020 election, Just the News reported.
“Trying to give the campaign, particularly during the debate on Thursday, a talking point to push back on Trump on this issue,” Morell wrote Brennan.
Brennan, who served as CIA Director under President Barack Obama, was eager to sign the letter after being apprised it was a political operation. “Ok, Michael, add my name to the list,” Brennan wrote back on October 19, 2020. “Good initiative. Thanks for asking me to sign on.”
In a transcribed interview with the House Judiciary government weaponization subcommittee last month, Morell admitted that he got involved with the letter after Secretary of State Antony Blinken had contacted him.
While he was the foreign policy advisor for the Biden campaign, Blinken had made “an urgent phone call” to Morell, sparking the series of events that led to the infamous letter shooting down the burgeoning scandal.
Morell told lawmakers that he had no intention of writing the statement until Blinken’s “call triggered” his actions.
Following the plan, Biden indeed cited the letter during the debate after Trump brought up “the laptop from hell” and his son’s lucrative business dealings with Ukraine and China.
“There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what he’s accusing me of is a Russian plan. They have said that this has all the characteristics—four, five former heads of the CIA, both parties, say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage,” Joe Biden said.
Trump replied, “You mean the laptop is now another Russia, Russia, Russia hoax?” Joe Biden replied: “That’s exactly what we’re told.” Trump lamented, “Here we go again with Russia.”
Morell revealed that he received a call from the Biden campaign after the debate thanking him for helping Biden blunt criticism of his son’s shady foreign business dealings.
“After the debate—I think it was after the debate—in fact, I’m pretty sure it was after the debate—I got a phone call from Jeremy Bash, who I work with at Beacon and who is active politically,” Morrell told the Committee. “And Jeremy said: Do you have a minute to talk to Steve Ricchetti? I said: Of course. He was the head of the Biden campaign at the time. And Jeremy got him on the line, and Steve thanked me for putting the statement out. And that was the extent of the conversation.”
Morell also testified that the Biden campaign team coordinated to release the statement on the laptop to a reporter at the Washington Post and admitted that he got involved to help give Biden a leg up on Trump during the debates.
“There were two intents,” Morell said. “One intent was to share our concern with the American people that the Russians were playing on this issue; and, two, it was [to] help Vice President.” When asked why he wanted to help Biden, he replied, “because I wanted him to win the election.”