Many of the 51 former intelligence officers who signed a letter weeks before the 2020 presidential election claiming the Hunter Biden laptop was Russian misinformation donated to President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign or other Democratic groups, according to records with the Federal Election Commission.
Based on occupation and location information provided in campaign finance filings with the Federal Elections Commission, at least 12 of the letter’s signatories appear to have donated to Biden’s campaign.
Evidence suggests that an active-duty CIA official may have encouraged signatories to sign the letter claiming the laptop, which has been authenticated and is in the possession of the FBI, was a foreign influence operation, according to a report released Wednesday by the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.
Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell wanted to use the letter as a “talking point” to help Biden win the final presidential debate of 2020 and defeat Donald Trump, and last week congressional investigators found evidence that it was “triggered” by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was advising the Biden campaign at the time.
Former DNI James Clapper, former CIA Directors John McLaughlin and Leon Panetta, former NCTC Director Nicholas Rasmussen, former CIA Inspector General David Buckley, former NIC Chair Gregory Treverton, former CIA COSs Jeremy Bash and Rodney Snyder, former COOs Jeremy Bash and Paul Kolbe, and former COOs Jeremy Bash and Rodney Snyder are among the donors.
According to the records, Bash contributed $18,900 to Biden’s campaign and combined victory fund.
Despite being presented as an organic intelligence warning in the autumn of 2020, new information from GOP-led congressional committees this month has renewed claims that the letter was a concerted political operation between the Biden campaign and the letter’s authors to sway the 2020 election.
The CIA is an executive branch agency. It has the power to affect the current administration’s policies but not the ability to sway voters. In this instance, they lied to the American people by presenting false material as verified intelligence.