Politico Invokes 'Russian Misinformation' to Defend the Bidens on Bribery Allegations

May 9th, 2023 12:13 PM

House Oversight Committee chairman James Comer announced a Wednesday press conference to discuss their latest findings on "the Biden family’s influence peddling to enrich themselves." But the press has been openly hostile to the facts -- that Joe Biden has been deeply cooperative in Hunter's business deals. That's what the laptop proves, in spades. 

Politico's Jordain Carney pretended this was still a complete mystery in a story headlined "Republicans allege unspecified Biden ‘scheme,’ fire off new FBI subpoena." Carney claimed "the GOP has made clear for months that the ultimate goal of its Biden oversight is to find a smoking gun that might link the president to the business deals of his son Hunter, who is also under a federal investigation."

Somehow, Politico can't find reports that "At least 14 of Hunter Biden’s business associates met Joe Biden while he was vice president in the Obama administration."

After Hunter Biden's laptop story was proven to be true after the media, including Politico, declared it to have been the result of Russian disinformation in 2020, you would figure that they would shy away from ever again using the term "Russian disinformation" or "Russian misinformation" to defend Hunter or Joe Biden for fear of embarrassment. But Carney invoked the discredited term to relay a discredited Democrat charge: 

Grassley and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) investigated Hunter Biden in the leadup to the 2020 election, drawing charges from Democrats and even warnings from some fellow Republicans that they were at risk of spreading Russian misinformation.

But wait! There's more! Carney includes a quote by Congressman Jamie Raskin in which he charges that Russian agents were "peddling disinformation aimed at interfering in the 2020 presidential election."

“Committee Republicans are recycling unsubstantiated claims floated by Senate Republicans by issuing a subpoena to the FBI to require the release of a June 2020 tip from an unknown informant. During this same time period, Rudy Giuliani and Russian agents, sanctioned by Trump’s Treasury Department, were peddling disinformation aimed at interfering in the 2020 presidential election,” Raskin added.

They keep implying that anything anti-Biden is a Russian plot. Just as bizarre was Carney displaying contempt for the whistleblower who provided information to the Congressional investigators:

Comer and Grassley say they became aware of the potential existence of material underpinning the anti-Biden allegations from a “highly credible whistleblower” who contacted lawmakers to assert knowledge of a conversation the FBI had with a confidential source.

The two Republicans provided no information on the purported whistleblower’s background, or how that person would have knowledge of an alleged conversation with an FBI source. GOP lawmakers have faced Democratic criticism in the past for applying the whistleblower designation to individuals who don’t meet the legal definition.

Contrast this attitude of disdain for the whistleblower with the media holding the 2019 "whistleblower," Eric Ciaramella, in such high holy regard that even uttering his name was considered to be a grave sin. Yet now Carney is upset because no information about the whistleblower's background has been provided.