ICYMI | Opinion: Apologies for Hunter
“Smeared as stooges for Russia in 2020,
Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley can claim vindication in 2022.”
“The list of those owed an apology over
the Hunter Biden affair may stretch to the moon and back. Due a position at the
front of the line are the two men who first blew the lid off the Biden sleaze
and endured a smearing for the ages.
“Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson on
Tuesday delivered the latest installment of their yearslong investigation into
Hunter Biden’s questionable business dealings—laying out in Senate speeches the
complex web of banking transactions tying his companies to entities connected
to the Chinese government. Their exposé offered more detail into their September
2020 report about the Biden family’s foreign financial entanglements.
“As courageous (and accurate) as the New
York Post’s October 2020 reporting on the Hunter laptop was, it came after the
Johnson-Grassley bombshell. Only now—18 months late—are mainstream media
outlets grudgingly confirming the truth of that Senate report.
“That’s something, though it’s far from
the apology the senators deserve from media outlets that spent 2020 helping
Democrats slander them as Russian agents.
“Panicked Democrats defaulted to the
scurrilous claim that the Republican senators were spreading Russian
disinformation. Top Democrats—including
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, and Mark Warner and Adam
Schiff, the top Democrats on the House and Senate Intelligence
committees—in July 2020 publicly released a letter to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation expressing worries that Congress had become ‘the target of a concerted foreign interference campaign.’
Attached to it was classified information, which Democrats immediately leaked
to the press, claiming the Grassley-Johnson probe specifically had “become a
vehicle for ‘laundering’ a foreign influence campaign” to damage Mr. Biden, as
Politico helpfully narrated.
“Mr. Johnson and Mr. Grassley had bluntly
refuted the claim, explaining the report was based primarily on U.S. government
documents, including Treasury reports.
“The false-flag operation hit its apex
just before the report’s release, with Mr. Schumer and Oregon’s Ron Wyden
calling it disinformation and introducing a resolution to block its issue. Mr.
Wyden on the Senate floor called it an example of ‘the spread of Russian propaganda, and the pathway it’s following from
Russian agents through the United States Senate to the American public.’ Upon
the report’s release on Sept. 23, Mr. Schiff issued a statement saying: ‘the Kremlin must be very pleased.’
“In his floor speech this week, Mr. Grassley asked his Democratic colleagues
and the media that has confirmed his report to remind him exactly what parts of
it were Russian disinformation.
“Although some Republicans are
immediately characterizing all this as ‘corruption,’ the more specific issue
(and always the focus of the Johnson-Grassley probe) is national security.
Hunter Biden spent years entwining the family in questionable ventures in
Ukraine, Russia and China, even as his father’s biggest foreign-policy concerns
are Ukraine, Russia and China. This
history raises legitimate questions about counterintelligence and extortion,
even as it puts a spotlight on how honest President Biden has been in claiming
no knowledge of his son’s doings.
“At the very least, Messrs. Johnson and
Grassley are getting satisfaction. Their continued investigation has confirmed
their earlier report and portions of the laptop, thereby adding to the pressure
on the media finally to do some digging. Though they’d no doubt take that
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