House Republicans demand answers from FBI over suspected Hunter Biden computer
Republican lawmakers want answers from the FBI regarding a report that it has been in possession of a laptop that supposedly belonged to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son Hunter.
Nineteen House Republicans sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday demanding answers for their role regarding the New York Post's report that the law enforcement officials possessed the laptop, which contained correspondences between the younger Biden and his contacts overseas, since December 2019. The Biden campaign has denied any wrongdoing.
They raised questions about when the FBI supposedly got a copy of the computer and hard drive, given it was allegedly around the time the House of Representatives impeached President Trump for urging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate claims of corruption regarding the Bidens. The Senate ultimately voted not to remove Trump from office.
The computer, which was supposedly left at a computer repair store in Delaware, was handed over to the FBI and included an email that discussed a previously undisclosed possible introduction between Joe Biden and Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma. This email, if accurate, could show the former vice president contradicting claims that he never discussed overseas business with his son.
They wrote that the "most concerning" part of the report is that the FBI "was in possession of this computer and hard drive back in December 2019," while a "large portion of the President’s legal defense case revolved around strong evidence that former Vice President Biden’s son, Hunter, was peddling his influence to his father to land lucrative jobs overseas that he might not have otherwise been qualified for."
The group of conservative lawmakers called the impeachment a "sham" and said that if the FBI failed to "alert the White House to its existence," then the FBI would have engaged in a "gross error in judgment and a severe violation of trust."
The letter, which demands answers within one week, concludes with four questions: Was the FBI in possession of the laptop and hard drive, did it work to authenticate it, did anyone at the FBI brief the Department of Justice or White House, and why the New York Post got access to it before “the American people.”
Reps. Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, Debbie Lesko, Jeff Duncan, Ron Wright, Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Chip Roy, H. Morgan Griffith, Mark Green, Jody Hice, Andy Harris, Michael Cloud, Bill Posey, Scott DesJarlais, Mo Brooks, Ted Yoho, Ted Budd, and Randy Weber signed the letter.