This Tuesday, FBI Cyber Division Deputy Director Bryan Vorndran appeared before the House Judiciary Committee. He was questioned by U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), regarding the whereabouts of Hunter Biden’s “infamous” laptop or whether it could cause an advantage to “foreign enemies” of the United States.
When Vorndran confessed that he did not know the location of Hunter Biden’s laptop or whether actors such as Russia could use it to compromise the president’s family, Gaetz proceeded to submit a copy of the laptop’s contents to internal congressional records.
“How are Americans supposed to trust that you can protect us from the next Colonial Pipeline if you can’t locate a laptop that was given to you three years ago from the first family potentially creating vulnerabilities for our country?” asked Gaetz.
“It is not in the realm of my responsibilities to deal with the questions you’re asking,” Vorndran replied. Gaetz found it “surprising” that the FBI official was unable to answer about the potential “foreign business dealings, bribes and extortion” contained in Hunter Biden’s laptop and their potential national security implications.
Although Vorndran did not respond to Gaetz’s questions, he pledged to demand an FBI appearance on the matter.
The GOP representative presented a portable storage device to the floor and asked for “unanimous consent” to enter into the committee’s permanent record “the contents, files and copies” of Hunter Biden’s laptop, which was granted without objection.
Punishment for those who lied about Hunter Biden’s laptop
In October 2019, 51 former intelligence officials signed a letter titled “Public Statement on the Hunter Biden Emails” claiming that Hunter Biden’s emails and the contents of his laptop were part of an “operation by Russian intelligence.”
The statement directly referenced a New York Post piece in which the discovery of Hunter Biden’s laptop containing tons of compromising information, including emails with Ukrainian bureaucrats, text messages with his father (who was then running for president) and possible evidence of influence peddling, became public knowledge.
The New York Times confirmed the existence of the laptop and the veracity of the emails in question in a recent report.
As a result, Gaetz introduced a resolution titled Spook Who Cried Wolf, which aims to indefinitely ban security clearances for 51 intelligence officials who publicly signed a letter denouncing the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop as “Russian disinformation.”
Former President Trump has referred to the laptop as the “laptop from hell.“
The resolution is co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Dan Bishop (NC-09), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14), and Thomas Massie (KY-04).