(Headline USA) The Central Intelligence Agency may have directly “assisted in obtaining signatories” for the infamous letter dismissing reports about Hunter Biden’s laptop as “Russian disinformation,” according to House Republicans.
The House Judiciary and Intelligence committees released a report on Wednesday detailing some of the findings from their investigations into the Biden family’s business dealings. One of those findings was the federal government’s role in covering up allegations of Biden family corruption.
In the report, titled “The Hunter Biden Statement: How Senior Intelligence Community Officials and the Biden Campaign Worked to Mislead American Voters,” Republicans alleged that multiple sitting government officials “inserted themselves into the thick of the  presidential campaign” by soliciting signatures for the letter, Fox News reported.
The committees have “evidence that an employee affiliated with the CIA may have assisted in obtaining signatories for the statement,” the report stated.
“One signer of the statement, former CIA analyst David Cariens, disclosed to the Committees that a CIA employee affiliated with the agency’s Prepublication Classification Review Board (“PCRB”) informed him of the existence of the statement and asked if he would sign it,” the report added. “As he recounted, a CIA employee informed him about the statement, the CIA employee read the text of the statement to him, and the CIA employee asked [him] if he would like to join.”
Some of the former intelligence officials who signed onto the letter include former Obama CIA Director John Brennan, former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, among others.
The letter “was a political operation to help elect” President Joe Biden, whose campaign assisted the efforts by “exploiting the national security credentials of former intelligence officials” to “discredit the allegations about Hunter Biden,” Republicans wrote.
Former CIA acting director Mike Morrell previously testified that Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was then working on Biden’s campaign, was the “impetus” behind the letter.