A Senate Republican leader has raised new questions about the FBI’s actions in the wake of news about alleged conflicts of interests involving former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and foreign influence and business opportunities.
A whistleblower says that many months ago, he provided the FBI contents of a laptop computer once used by Hunter Biden.
That's according to a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray sent today by Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.). The letter states that an unnamed whistleblower contacted Sen. Johnson’s committee on September 24, a day after the committee released its investigation into alleged Biden conflicts of interest.
The whistleblower reported he had turned over the contents of Hunter Biden's laptop December 9, 2019 in response to a grand jury subpoena issued by the FBI from the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Delaware is the Bidens’ home state.
In the letter today, Sen. Johnson says that he and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked the FBI about facts alleged by the whistleblower but the FBI stonewalled. That despite the fact that Johnson says several of their questions were not related to confidential information regarding “the possible existence of an ongoing grand jury investigation.”
A New York Post article this week reported about emails that it said were obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop. There are long-standing allegations that Hunter Biden and others in the Biden family have improperly traded on Joe Biden’s influence as a public official. The questioned dealings include large payments from Russians and Chinese. The Bidens have repeatedly denied any impropriety.
Sen. Johnson is now giving the FBI until Thursday to answer questions including: whether it has material from Hunter Biden’s laptop(s); if so, how and when it was obtained; has the FBI concluded its examination of the material and/or found evidence of criminal activity; and what other agencies may have the material.
The Post article was censored by Twitter, sparking demands from Republicans in Congress for Twitter chief Jack Dorsey, and other big tech CEOs, to testify and explain their increasingly heavy-handed censorship of select information.