Political Editors / November 7, 2022

In Brief: The Government Hid Hunter Biden’s Laptop

The effort to cover up the revelations about Biden family corruption was itself rife with corruption.

If voters had only known about Joe Biden’s pay-to-play corruption via his wastrel son Hunter, Donald Trump would still be managing a roaring economic recovery. Instead, key players in the media, Big Tech, and government colluded to keep voters in the dark and protect their man Biden. The New York Post broke the story, and Post columnist Miranda Devine explains some of the cover-up:

The more we find out about the collusion that has been going on among the Biden administration, the security agencies and Big Tech, the more alarming it is — and the more unrepentant they are.

The latest bombshell from the Intercept, based on communications unveiled in the federal lawsuit Missouri v. Biden, shows that the Department of Homeland Security has been having monthly meetings with Facebook and Twitter to pressure them to censor social media posts about topics such as the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, the origins of COVID-19, the efficacy of COVID vaccines, racial justice and US support for the war in Ukraine — in other words, anything that could be detrimental to public support for the Biden administration.

We already know that the FBI was involved in efforts to censor and bury information that might have harmed Joe Biden’s candidacy back in 2020, including The Post’s exclusive about Hunter Biden’s laptop in October 2020. That amounted to election interference, which prevented the American people from doing the necessary due diligence on one of the two candidates for president. So successful was the strategy that the Biden administration appears to have expanded it.

Security agencies have switched their attention from combating foreign disinformation to censoring the speech of American citizens who dissent from the government-approved narrative. No matter that free speech is protected by the First Amendment; if the Biden administration doesn’t like the speech, it labels it “Misinformation, Disinformation and Malformation,” and it is deputizing the FBI and DHS to strong­arm Big Tech to censor it and de-platform serial offenders.

It doesn’t matter what brand your politics is, this is Stasi stuff.

Devine goes on to explain the use of “cutouts” — ostensibly neutral third parties — to do the dirty work of censorship so as to “absolve” the Big Tech company or the Biden administration of any responsibility. In this case, we now know that two FBI agents pressured Facebook to suppress true information. Thus, Devine says, “It sure looks as if the FBI deliberately pre-censored a legitimate story for a political aim.”

She points to “an upcoming book by [John Paul] Mac Isaac, the owner of the now-defunct Delaware computer repair shop where Hunter Biden abandoned his laptop in April 2019,” which she argues “sheds more light on this deep-state election interference.” In the book, he tells of his feeling of duty to report the illegal activity he uncovered, and then he alleges “skepticism, suspicion and even death threats” for coming forward.

From the FBI, he and his father, a retired Air Force colonel, were “treated with disdain,” including being subject to probing questions and veiled threats. Only after he obtained an email address for Rudy Giuliani did he make headway.

He wrote:

“For almost a year I have been trying to get the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop to the proper authorities. I first reached out to the FBI and they came and collected it, but I have reason to believe they have destroyed it or buried it in a filing cabinet. After months of waiting for something to come of this, I can only assume that members of the FBI, who are against the President [Trump], have it and it will never be seen again. Luckily, for my protection, I made several copies and I have been trying quietly to bring it to people’s attention.”

Devine concludes:

If it weren’t for Mac Isaac’s persistence and savvy, Hunter Biden’s laptop never would have seen the light of day, and America would be none the wiser about the FBI’s nefarious role in covering it up.

Republicans have some investigating to do…

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