Two FBI agents involved in the Hunter Biden laptop saga lied about the computer, the Republican chair of the House Judiciary Committee has claimed.
Jim Jordan on Monday published excerpts of the testimony given by Elvis Chan, who served as one of the FBI’s liaisons with tech companies, and Laura Dehmlow, the current FBI section chief of the Foreign Influence Task Force.
Chan testified in November 2022 as part of Missouri and Louisiana’s lawsuit against the federal government and the Biden Administration for colluding with social media companies to censor speech.
Jordan said that Chan held a repeat meeting with Facebook about the laptop, but testified he had only had one session. He also testified that he was not aware of internal debate about the laptop, but told a colleague he was ‘up to speed’.
Dehmlow spoke to Jordan’s committee last month.
Jordan said that Dehmlow revealed how the FBI knew the laptop was not a forgery or plant, but refused to confirm its authenticity to social media companies.
The FBI knew that the laptop obtained by The New York Post had belonged to Hunter Biden, and photos (above) of him in a drug-addled state were real, yet refused to confirm its authenticity to Facebook and Twitter, Jim Jordan has claimed
Laura Dehmlow, the current FBI section chief of the Foreign Influence Task Force (left), and Elvis Chan, a liaison between the FBI and big tech companies, met with Twitter and Facebook on the day the New York Post published its Hunter Biden laptop story, and discussed the authenticity of the laptop
Jordan on Monday tweeted that new internal Facebook documents have resulted in bombshell revelations about Hunter Biden’s laptop, arguing that it illustrated the FBI knew the laptop was authentic and belonged to him – but refused to confirm the fact to Facebook and Twitter.
That decision led to the New York Post’s report about the laptop being blocked by the social media companies, who labelled it as disinformation.
‘Internal FB docs reveal that an FBI Special Agent made false statements in testimony about the FBI’s role in the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story,’ tweeted Jordan.
Jordan explained in a Twitter thread how, on October 14, 2020, The New York Post published its first story about the laptop, which Biden had left behind in a Delaware repair shop.
The laptop contained a trove of the businessman’s financial information, plus reams of messages between him and his father – at that point, preparing for the November election. The laptop also contained a large number of deeply embarrassing photos of the troubled lawyer cavorting with prostitutes and taking drugs, at the height of his addiction.
On the day the Post published its story, Chan and Dehmlow met with representatives of Twitter and then Facebook.
Twitter’s team asked whether the FBI thought Hunter Biden’s laptop was real: one FBI representative replied yes, and then another quickly said: ‘No comment.’
Dehmlow told Jordan’s committee that there was then internal deliberations, and it was decided that the answer would be ‘no comment’ from then on.
At the next meeting, with Facebook, Dehmlow herself told Facebook ‘no comment’ when asked if the laptop was real.
‘It was an ongoing investigation, and we generally don’t comment on ongoing investigative matters when asked,’ she told Jordan’s committee.
Jordan on Monday declared: ‘Did Dehmlow know that the FBI had the laptop and it was real? Yes.
‘Did other key members of the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force know? Yes.
‘The FBI knew the laptop was real and yet decided it would say ‘no comment.’
‘We know what happened next.
‘Twitter and Facebook censored the @nypost story.
‘The Biden campaign secretly set in motion the events that led to the 51 former intel officials discrediting the story as Russian disinformation.’
Jordan and his allies are convinced that the FBI was working to discredit the story, in a bid to downplay it and help Joe Biden’s electoral chances.
Jordan then singled out extracts from Chan’s testimony at the end of last year.
Chan was asked by the Missouri and Louisiana officials whether he had been involved in any meetings after October 14 with Facebook, where the Hunter Biden laptop was discussed.
Chan replies that he does not believe so.
‘I was confident that I was not a party to any meeting with social media companies where Hunter Biden was discussed outside of the one incident that I told you about,’ said Chan.
Jordan, however, said on Monday that his committee has ‘recently obtained an internal Facebook document PROVING that Agent Chan had a secret ‘follow up’ call with Facebook about the Hunter Biden laptop story on October 15, just one day after the @nypost story and the first Facebook meeting!’
Jordan noted that Chan also claimed in the deposition that he had ‘no internal knowledge of [the FBI’s] investigation’ involving Hunter Biden’s laptop, but according to internal Facebook documents told a colleague he was ‘up to speed on the current state of the matter within the FBI.’
Jordan added: ‘Is there any wonder why the Biden DOJ has so far stonewalled the Committee’s efforts to interview Agent Chan?’