There was not a single person within the U.S. intelligence community that could claim to have had the authorization to state that the Hunter Biden laptop story was a piece of a disinformation plot from Russia, explained a lead official from within the Trump administration this past Sunday.
Throughout an interview that moved onto the topic of “The Twitter Files,” former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe made the claim that there had only been one reason as to why any member of his office would be reaching out to anyone at Twitter prior to the 2020 presidential election as highlighted in the messages.
Any meeting of that kind would be required to have approval from the National Security Council of former President Donald Trump and would be marked as a [oece pf a
coordinated process” to provide election security briefings to “groups” of private companies or various state election officials, explained Ratcliffe to the host of Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Maria Bartiromo.
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“None of those meetings, Maria, would have had anything to do with content moderation, much less anything to do with specifically” any warnings concerning the Hunter Biden Laptop being just a segment of a disinformation effort from Russia, he stated. “There never would have been any authority or reason for anyone within the intelligence community to be saying anything otherwise.”
Ratcliffe was formerly a Republican congressman from Texas that was selected by Trump to run the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in 2020. In his leadership position, Ratcliffe watched over the Homeland Security Department and the FBI, agencies that, while working with DNI, spoke with Twitter about “election security,” as explained via a post from journalist Matt Taibbi.
20. This post about the Hunter Biden laptop situation shows that Roth not only met weekly with the FBI and DHS, but with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI): pic.twitter.com/s5IiUjQqIY
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 9, 2022
Reporting in regard to the laptop first kicked off back in October 2020 in the last few weeks of the then ongoing presidential election cycle as Hunter Biden’s Father, one Joe Biden” was running for the oval office. Quite a bit of the laptop’s contents, which included a number of details about the ongoing business dealings for Hunter, his drug use, and his sex life, have been overly analyzed since and found to be entirely authentic. However, at that time when the laptop came out, various social media companies, such as Twitter, rushed to quickly censor and suppress anything about the story from spreading, spawning a large number of claims about improper election influence by former President Donald Trump and his allies.
Ratcliffe claimed that his statements from October 2020 that the computer had not been a part of a Russian disinformation campaign, as claimed via a letter which was signed as true by a group of over 51 former intelligence officials, was “the official position of the intelligence community” and “has never been changed, even to this day.”
Whining about what he marked as a “domestic disinformation campaign,” Ratcliffe claimed that one line of questioning that needs to be looked into is everything surrounding former top FBI lawyer James Baker, who had served as the deputy general counsel for Twitter, seemingly supported the social media sites plan to censor and suppress the New York Post’s reporting about Hunter Biden’s laptop. The information released within The Twitter Files sparked the need for Twitter CEO Elon Musk to fire Baker.
“One of the things that needs to be determined is what was [Baker’s] relationship with Twitter before he got to Twitter, and was he sharing information as the FBI general counsel to the benefit of one political party, to the detriment of another, that then continued when he got to Twitter?” stated Ratcliffe.