FBI Not Playing Along as Trump Tries To Implicate Joe Biden in Crimes
It looks like President Donald Trump is hoping for a redux of 2016’s announcement that the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton. With less than two weeks until the 2020 election, Trump is filling rallies and airtime with suggestions that Democratic nominee Joe Biden may be guilty of unspecified federal crimes.
But Trump is also frustrated that Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray haven’t played along and announced that the Biden family is under investigation, according to The Washington Post and “people familiar with discussions” at the White House.
Anonymous White House sources should be taken with many grains of salt, of course. But Trump himself has been publicly spouting similar rhetoric. He told Fox News on Tuesday that Barr should “act fast” because “this is major corruption” and it “has to be known about before the election.”
“We’ve got to get the attorney general to act,” Trump said while discussing the recent New York Post story based on emails allegedly obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop and hard drive. The emails purportedly show Hunter saying he would introduce his dad, then vice president, to Chinese and Ukrainian business contacts.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said this week that there’s no evidence the emails are an attempt by Russia to meddle in the 2020 U.S. election. (There’s also no evidence they actually came from Hunter Biden, aside from the word of Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani, who passed them to the Post.)
The FBI has “nothing to add” to Ratcliffe’s statement, said an October 20 letter to Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.), who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. On October 17, Johnson had asked the FBI about the alleged Hunter Biden laptop.
“Regarding the subject of your letter, we have nothing to add at this time to the October 19th public statement by the Director of National Intelligence about the available actionable intelligence,” wrote Jill C. Tyson, assistant director of the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs. “If actionable intelligence is developed, the FBI in consultation with the Intelligence Community will evaluate the need to provide defensive briefings to you and the Committee pursuant to the established notification framework.”
Tyson added that “the FBI can neither confirm nor deny the existence of any ongoing investigation or persons or e
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