Last night, Fox News reported that the laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden was subpoenaed last year by the FBI in a money laundering investigation. While the status and the targets of the investigations are unknown, the subpoena would appear to support the fact that these emails are authentic and that the laptop was Biden’s. While House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff and roughly 50 “intelligence experts” have assured the public that this is just Russian disinformation, both the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence have now confirmed that they do not believe the laptop and its contents are Russian disinformation. Now it appears that the laptop was viewed as sufficiently connected to possible federal crimes to be subpoenaed as evidence by the FBI a year ago.
These disclosures continue to make a mockery of the effective news blackout imposed by virtually every major news organization on the story. Notably, for years the media and legal experts have cited the fact of a secret FISA surveillance order as proof that the Russian investigation was legitimate even though allegations of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign were discredited. They have referenced the fact that the original evidence passed muster with prosecutors and a secret court for further investigation. The same standard does not appear to apply here as many dismiss the laptop as a real story or real evidence. While the laptop has been dismissed as nothing more than a false smear, it is now confirmed to have been treated as evidence in a criminal investigation. Despite intelligence officials rebutting the claims of Russian disinformation and saying the Schiff was given no such intelligence, the media continues to push this narrative or repeat the Biden campaign’s insistence that this is old news.
It is “new” news. The laptop contains emails directly referencing at least one meeting with Joe Biden who long insisted that he never spoke to his son about his business dealings and never met with any of his associates. Hunter Biden himself contradicted his father’s denial and said that he did speak with him about some of his dealings. Moreover, pictures have emerged with Joe Biden and Ukrainian and other figures associated with his son. Moreover, the laptop confirms what some of us have argued for years: Hunter Biden was clearly engaged in an influence peddling scheme. While Biden has insisted that his son “did nothing wrong,” this was clearly wrong even if it was not charged criminally. As discussed earlier, the Biden camp has never denied that this was indeed Biden’s laptop and his emails.
Now, it appears that the laptop was evidence in a money laundering investigation. The serial designation is important: 272D-BA-3065729.
“272” is the bureau’s classification for money laundering and the added “D” indicates “Money Laundering, Unknown SUA [Specified Unlawful Activity]—White Collar Crime Program.” The BA indicates that the origin of the request was the Baltimore field office.
We know that Devon Archer, who partnered with Hunter Biden in Rosemont Seneca and served together on the board of Burisma, was convicted on federal charges of defrauding the Oglala Sioux Indian tribe. The fraud involved the business venture that Hunter Biden was part of. However, he was not accused as part of the scheme to defraud this tribe. The conviction of Archer was recently reinstated by a federal court. In May 2016, seven people connected to the the case were indicted then arrested for securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud, including Jason Galanis– another associate of Hunter Biden.
The Biden campaign is insisting that the interest in the laptop is to get to the bottom of Russian disinformation. Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates stated “The Attorney General of Delaware’s office indicated that the FBI has ‘ongoing investigations regarding the veracity of this entire story.’ And it would be unsurprising for an investigation of a disinformation action involving Rudy Giuliani and those assisting him to involve questions about money laundering, especially since there are other documented inquiries into his dealings.”
The laptop was clearly not subpoenaed for that purpose in 2019 and the FBI has stated that it has no evidence supporting the Russian disinformation claim.
One gets the feeling that many in the media are still trying to slow walk these new developments to hold off any new disclosures or even any inquiry until after Biden is elected. Kicking this can down the road however is becoming more and more difficult absent a total and final rejection of objectivity in American journalism.