In response to news that surfaced shortly before the 2020 presidential election regarding damning information reportedly recovered from a laptop that belonged to Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, dozens of active and retired intelligence officials signed a letter suggesting that the entire narrative was the result of a Russian disinformation campaign.
Mike Morell, one of the sources who declined to sign the letter, has since spoken out, in part to affirm that Antony Blinken — now the secretary of state — played an active role in disseminating the document to collect signatures.
Since then, new information has surfaced that leaves little doubt about the authenticity of the laptop and its contents. Nevertheless, Blinken declined to admit that it was not Russian disinformation.
"Do you accept that [Hunter Biden's] laptop is not Russian disinformation?"
Secretary of State Antony Blinken: "I'm not engaging in politics. I've got a lot on my agenda." pic.twitter.com/mjVXKamR5V
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“From my perspective, I’m not not engaging in politics,” Blinken said during a recent Fox News Channel interview. “I’ve got a lot on my agenda, things that we’ve just talked about — trying to help the Ukrainians in the Russian aggression against them, engaging with allies and partners around the world in dealing with some of the challenges posed by China. We have a situation now in Sudan. This has fully occupied my time. So that’s where my focus is.”
He drew some pointed backlash on social media for his apparent unwillingness to concede a fact that Hunter Biden himself ultimately acknowledged.
The Republican chairmen of the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee sent Blinken a letter last week requesting information concerning the creation of the 2020 letter and his communications with those who drafted and/or signed it.
Blinken has until Thursday to provide the relevant documents.
During his recent interview, he flatly denied orchestrating the letter and claimed that Morell’s testimony backs up his assertion.
“One of the great benefits of this job is that I don’t do politics and don’t engage in it,” he said. “But with regard to that letter, I didn’t – it wasn’t my idea, didn’t ask for it, didn’t solicit it. And I think the testimony that the former deputy director of the CIA, Mike Morrell, put forward confirms that.”
To be clear, Morell said during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee that Blinken, who was a Biden campaign adviser at the time, was the “impetus” behind the letter.