(…) The allegations have been made in a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
The alleged campaign finance violation could ensnare Secretary of State Antony Blinken and 51 former senior intelligence officials who asserted without evidence in 2020 that reports on Hunter Biden’s laptop were part of a “Russian disinformation” campaign.
The complaint was filed by America First Legal (AFL), a conservative organization run by President Donald Trump’s former White House aide Stephen Miller.
AFL filed the complaint with the FEC in late October, alleging a “coordinated communication” campaign.
It also alleges an unreported in-kind contribution to the Joe Biden presidential campaign and related entities, in violation of federal law.
“[The] evidence suggests that the respondents failed to disclose coordinated expenditures constituting in-kind donations with respect to the infamous ‘Letter of 51’ former intelligence officials claiming that the Hunter Biden laptop story had ‘all the classic earmarks’ of Russian disinformation,” says the 13-page AFL complaint.
The complaint also includes 110 accompanying pages of evidence.
The FEC complaint claims that the Biden for President campaign in 2020, the Biden Victory Fund, the Democratic National Committee, and the Biden Action Fund should have reported on coordinating efforts.
It was unquestionably published by the corporate media and cited by Democrats in the weeks before the presidential election between Biden and Trump.
The Obama administration officials who signed the letter included former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former CIA director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Former George W. Bush DNI Michael Hayden, a vocal Trump critic, also signed the letter.
The complaint notes that Panetta and Clapper donated to the Biden Victory Fund and the Biden for President campaign in 2020.
In March, former CIA Deputy and Acting Director Michael Morrell testified to the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committees that on Oct. 17, 2020, then-Biden campaign adviser Blinken contacted him to discuss the Hunter Biden laptop story first reported by the New York Post.
An April press release from the House Judiciary Committee said:
“Morell testified that his communication with Blinken was one of a few communications he had with the Biden campaign, explaining that he also received a call from Steve Ricchetti, Chairman of the Biden campaign, following the October 22 debate to thank him for writing the statement.
“Morell also explained that the Biden campaign helped to strategize about the public release of the statement.
“Morell further explained that one of his two goals in releasing the statement was to help then-[former] Vice President Biden in the debate and to assist him in winning the election.”
The letter from intelligence officials provided cover and credibility for social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter to censor the true Hunter Biden laptop story. (Read more: Slay News, 11/10/2023) (Archive)