House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Friday, Oct. 16, claimed that revelations of purported emails from Hunter Biden’s computer came “from the Kremlin” and accused President Donald Trump of helping to spread the Russian disinformation campaign.
“We know that this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin. That’s been clear for well over a year now that they’ve been pushing this false narrative about this vice president and his son,” Schiff told CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer.
“The origins of this whole smear are from the Kremlin and the president is only too happy to have Kremlin help in trying to amplify it,” he added.
Rep. Adam Schiff says he’s concerned that he hasn’t “gotten much from the intelligence community” on Russia peddling disinformation.
“At times, some of the leadership, like Director Ratcliffe, not been very forthcoming in terms of the intelligence on the Russian threat.” pic.twitter.com/JhcVYlCgcf
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) October 16, 2020
Hunter Biden’s computer contains some 40,000 emails, thousands of text messages, photographs, and videos. Some of those emails reveal that he purportedly introduced his father to a top executive at Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings where he served on its board in 2015, while another reportedly details a payout for his father as part of a deal with a Chinese energy firm.
A recipient of the email about the Chinese deal has confirmed its authenticity, as Fox News reported.
According to the New York Post, which broke the news on Wednesday, a person dropped off the laptop for repair in April 2019 at a computer shop. The shop owner believed the person was Hunter Biden, he said he became disturbed by images and documents stored on the device. He contacted the FBI about the computer after the customer did not come back.
The shop owner made a copy of the hard drive before giving it to investigators in December 2019. He said he recently provided Robert Costello, Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, with a copy of the hard drive. Giuliani gave a portion of those documents to the Post.
While Schiff claimed that Giuliani, President Trump’s lawyer, has been used by Russian intelligence and accused him of pushing the Russian propaganda, the Biden campaign and Hunter Biden have not disputed the veracity of the emails.
The Associated Press reported that the FBI is investigating whether the emails are tied to a foreign influence operation.
Meanwhile, numerous lawmakers sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray this week demanding answers about the laptop following the Post’s explosive report.
“Most concerning in the article was the allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was in possession of this computer and hard drive back in December 2019,” they wrote. “This action took place right at the end of the U.S. House of Representative’s impeachment sham against President Donald J. Trump, and right before the U.S. Senate tried the case. 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 this father to land lucrative jobs overseas that he might not have otherwise been qualified for.”
“If the FBI was, in fact, in possession of this evidence and failed to alert the White House to its existence that would have given more weight to the President’s legal defense, this was a gross error in judgement and a severe violation of trust,” they added.
READ: Letter from 19 house Republicans to Director Wray asks main questions surrounding @FBI forensic analysis of alleged Hunter Biden hard drive + timing. Separately, Republican @SenRonJohnson told @CBSNews FBI would not offer details to his staff about status @andybiggs4az pic.twitter.com/5HECZ1Y7Cs
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) October 17, 2020