June 9, 2024

James Clapper says he will not retract Hunter Biden laptop 'disinformation' claim

A key figure in one of the most significant frauds perpetrated on the country in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election is doubling down on his role in the deception.

As Fox News reports, former Obama administration director of national intelligence James Clapper was recently asked if he regretted or would retract a letter he signed cautioning that the infamous -- and since widely authenticated -- Hunter Biden laptop was likely the product of a Russian disinformation initiative, and he very simply replied, “No.”

Clapper's complicity

It was back in October of 2020 that Clapper and dozens of other former intelligence officials put their names on a letter suggesting that the laptop computer attributed to Joe Biden's son, which contained all sorts of lewd and damning materials, had all the earmarks of a Russian disinformation campaign.

The letter was produced at the behest of former CIA Director Michael Morell in an effort to mitigate the harm done to Biden's campaign by New York Post reporting on the computer's contents.

Speaking to CNN at the time, Clapper emphasized what he said was the highly questionable provenance of the laptop, noting that it was “classic, textbook Soviet, Russian tradecraft at work.”

Though the laptop has since been confirmed as belonging to the first son and has been introduced as evidence in his federal gun trial, Clapper remains defiantly unrepentant.

Asked by Fox News Digital if he harbored regret over his involvement with the letter, Clapper answered in the negative, he declined to have his name taken off the letter, and disputed the notion that he and his colleagues should have done more investigation before making the claim they did.

Backlash ensues

In the wake of Clapper's refusal to offer any sort of mea culpa on the issue, critics wasted no time in weighing in with a sense of real frustration.

Political science professor Nicholos Giordano was particularly biting, referencing past accusations that Clapper himself had committed perjury before Congress.

“No one is above the law, except: James Clapper -- lied to Congress/never charged.”

Another online commentator bluntly characterized the letter onto which Clapper signed, calling it “an intelligence community coup” meant to scuttle Donald Trump's chances of re-election in 2020 and to install Joe Biden in the White House.

Now that the federal government itself has verified the authenticity of the laptop and its link to Hunter Biden, the stubbornness with which Clapper and his ilk are clinging to their nefarious acts is all the more offensive to anyone paying attention, and it will hopefully compel voters to express their disgust at the polls come November.

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