Former CIA deputy director who was one of 51 intelligence chiefs who described Hunter’s laptop disinformation scrapped by Republicans in the investigation in an effort to “discredit” salacious reports about the president’s son
- Arms Committee Chairman Jim Jordan is firing the former CIA deputy director on Tuesday in connection with the Hunter Biden investigation.
- Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell signed a letter in 2020 warning that emails on Hunter’s laptop contained ‘classic assignments of a Russian information operation’
- House Republicans feel the letter was a “coordinated effort” to discredit damning information on Hunter’s laptop
A powerful House subcommittee is seeking testimony from a former high-ranking intelligence official who warned that emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop contained “classic idiosyncrasies” of a Russian disinformation operation.
The Committee on Arming the Federal Government, a House Power subcommittee, will fire former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell on Tuesday, A source told the Washington Examiner.
Republicans have warned that the October 2020 letter from 51 former intelligence officials is an attempt to discredit reports that Hunter Biden at the time tried to use his father’s influence as vice president to enrich himself and his family by engaging in foreign business deals.
Rep. Judiciary and Armaments Chairman Jim Jordan first requested in April 2022 that Morell appear in a written interview — when he was a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, and then again in February 2023 once he became chair.
Arms Committee Chairman Jim Jordan is firing the former CIA deputy director on Tuesday in connection with the foreign ‘influence-peddling’ investigation of Hunter Biden.
Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell (pictured) was one of 51 former intelligence officials who wrote a letter in October 2020 warning that emails on Hunter Biden’s laptop contained “classic idiosyncrasies of a Russian information operation.”
“At best, the public statement was a reckless attempt by you and your signatories to express an erroneous opinion about alleged election interference,” Jordan said in his first letter of a request to testify.
The Ohio Republican added: “At worst — and most likely — the public statement was a deliberate and concerted effort to mislead the American people about information relevant to the 2020 presidential election by invoking your experience in national security to falsely suggest that the allegations about Hunter Biden did not in fact exist.
Correspondence found on the president’s son’s laptop computer, Morrell and his 50 signatories said, contained “classic characteristics of a Russian media operation.”
Hunter is under criminal investigation by the Department of Justice over his tax affairs and is being investigated by multiple House committees.
In the days leading up to the 2020 presidential election, the New York Post released a report involving the first bits of a hard drive being abandoned at a computer repair shop in Delaware.
Several news outlets, including DailyMail.com, have confirmed the laptop’s contents and that it belonged to Hunter Biden.
Hunter’s attorneys contacted state and federal law enforcement agencies to request investigations of those responsible for posting the laptop’s contents, including laptop repair store owner John Paul Mac Isaac.
Photo of a laptop computer allegedly owned by Hunt Biden that was left with a computer repair shop
Image found on laptop allegedly abandoned by Hunter Biden. Jordan and other House Republicans feel the allegations in the letter signed by Morrell were a “concerted effort” to discredit the damning information on Hunter’s laptop
Abe Lowell, one of Biden’s attorneys, said in February that the letters calling for investigations “do not confirm” that the laptop was their client.
House Republicans contend that President Biden’s son engaged in “influence peddling” in foreign countries during his father’s tenure as vice president.
They say Morell and other former intelligence officials sent the letter in a “concerted effort” to discredit the allegations and the New York Times report.