Gaetz to Strip Clearance of Intel Officials Who Called Hunter Biden Laptop 'Russian'
Top intelligence officials pushed false claim that laptop was 'Russian disinformation'
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has introduced a resolution that seeks to strip several top intelligence officials of their security clearance after they made false claims that Hunter Biden's "Laptop from Hell" was "Russian disinformation."
On Tuesday, Gaetz introduced the "Spook Who Cried Wolf Resolution."
The resolution aims to permanently revoke security clearances for dozens of former intelligence officials who attached their names to a public letter.
In an effort to protect Joe Biden's presidential campaign, the officials alleged in the letter that the content in Hunter Biden's laptop was Russian disinformation.
51 former intelligence officials signed the letter in October of 2020, just days before the presidential election.
They declared that Hunter Biden's emails had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation," effectively burying the damaging story.
Hunter Biden's shady overseas business dealings while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president were a matter of concern during the election and continue to be.
At about the same time the letter was signed, Twitter temporarily blocked the New York Post from using its account for sharing the article detailing the findings of Hunter Biden's laptop.
Twitter later said the lockout was a mistake and should not have occurred.
However, the damage was already done and voters were blocked from viewing the information.
Gaetz says that each of the 51 letter signatories continues to stand by the contents of the letter.
The letter was touted as fact by the Biden campaign and widely disseminated by the mainstream media in an apparent effort to undermine the legitimacy of the bombshell laptop exposé.
"We want to emphasize that we do not know if the emails, provided to the New York Post by President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, are genuine or not and that we do not have evidence of Russian involvement – just that our experience makes us deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case," the letter in part reads.
"If we are right, this is Russia trying to influence how Americans vote in this election, and we believe strongly that Americans need to be aware of this."
In fact, it was these intelligence officials along with Democrats and their allies in Big Tech and the media who were working "to influence how Americans vote."
Gaetz's resolution is co-sponsored by fellow GOP Reps. Dan Bishop, of North Carolina; Louie Gohmert, of Texas; Marjorie Taylor Greene, of Georgia; Thomas Massie, of Kentucky, and Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, each from Arizona.
The letter seeks to strip such signatories as former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and former CIA Director John Brennan of any future access to sensitive U.S. intelligence information.