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Politics DNI Ratcliffe: Russia disinformation not behind published emails targeting Biden; FBI reviewing

03:20  20 october  2020
03:20  20 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Monday said that Hunter Biden ’s laptop “is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign,” amid claims from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff suggesting otherwise.

It appears the " Russia , Russia , Russia " cries from Adam Schiff and his dutiful media peons is dead (we can only hope) as Director of National Intel As Politico's Quint Forgey details (@QuintForgey), DNI Ratcliffe is asked directly whether accusations leveled against the Bidens in recent days are part

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Monday that recently published emails purporting to document the business dealings of Hunter Biden are not connected to a Russian disinformation effort, even as federal authorities continued to review whether the material was part of such a campaign.

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Ratcliffe, in an interview with Fox Business, did not elaborate on the basis of his conclusion, though he acknowledged knowing "little" about the material published by the New York Post.

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Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Monday that Hunter Biden 's laptop 'is not part of some Russia disinformation campaign' following explosive reports on He said the Intel Community 'has not been involved in Hunter Biden 's laptop'. However he also said it is the possession of the FBI .

The FBI, according to a person familiar with the matter, has been investigating at least in part whether the material, allegedly drawn from a laptop owned by Biden and provided to the newspaper by Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, may be tied to a Russian influence operation aimed at undercutting Biden's father and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

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"Hunter Biden's laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign," Ratcliffe told Fox, though quickly adding that the intelligence community "has not been involved."

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DIRECTOR of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has said that the Hunter Biden laptop and The FBI was investigating if the emails are " Russian disinformation " aimed to bring down Joe Emails published The Post reveal Pozharskyi thanked Hunter for introducing him to his dad in a message

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe fired back at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats Monday by clarifying that the bombshell reports on a laptop "Don't drag the intelligence community into this; Hunter Biden 's laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign."

According to New York Post account, the computer data had been provided to Giuliani by the owner of a Delaware computer repair shop where a laptop had been left for service last year but was never claimed by the customer.

The director said the computer is in the possession of the FBI, adding that the bureau's inquiry does not "center" on a possible Russian disinformation effort.

FBI officials have declined to comment, refusing to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.

U.S. intelligence officials warned last month that Russia has been working to denigrate Joe Biden in advance of next month's presidential election.

The analysis, published by the chief of the National Counter-Intelligence and Security Center, also concluded that China viewed Trump as "unpredictable" and preferred that he not win another term, while Iran was working to foment division and undermine Trump in advance of the 2020 election.

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US authorities are investigating whether recently published emails that purport to detail the business dealings of Joe Biden 's son in Ukraine and China are connected to an ongoing Russian disinformation effort targeting the former vice president's campaign

The FBI is reportedly investigating whether emails published Wednesday by the New York Post in connection with widely discredited corruption allegations about Hunter Biden are part of a possible Russian effort to spread disinformation ahead of the presidential election.

Robert Costello, an attorney representing Giuiliani, has declined to provide a copy of the material for further examination, beyond what has been published in the New York Post.

The authenticity of the emails could not be determined by USA TODAY.

Representatives of the New York Post, meanwhile, have not responded to requests for comment.

The development comes less than two weeks before the 2020 election, and as Trump has pressed the Justice Department to punish Biden and other Obama administration officials for its pursuit of an investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: DNI Ratcliffe: Russia disinformation not behind published emails targeting Biden; FBI reviewing

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