President Trump's spy chief repeatedly shot down claims by Democrats such as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff that the purported emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop published by the New York Post were part of a Russian disinformation effort.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe argued that leading Democrats and many commentators and media figures have no evidence to back them up during a Monday morning interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business. He also confirmed the FBI is investigating the laptop of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son but said that the intelligence community was not involved because it was not related to Russian disinformation.
“Let me be clear: the intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that, and we have shared no intelligence with Chairman Schiff or any other member of congress that Hunter Biden’s laptop is part of some Russian disinformation campaign. It is simply not true,” Ratcliffe said Monday. “And this is exactly what I said would I stop when I became director of national intelligence, and that is people using the intelligence community to leverage some political narrative, and in this case apparently Chairman Schiff wants anything against his preferred political candidate deemed as not real and is using or attempting to use intelligence community to say there’s nothing to see here. Don’t drag the intelligence community into this. Hunter Biden’s laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign."
Ratcliffe’s comments come a few days after Schiff repeatedly declared to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the Hunter Biden laptop issue was a Russian disinformation plot.