by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 31, 2022) — Rep. James Comer (R-KY1), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, told host Sean Hannity Tuesday night that he and other congressmen “have pretty good information” that during the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, “a coordinated effort” was made by the FBI and Democratic National Committee (DNC) to influence Facebook to censor The New York Post‘s reporting of a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, son of then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The interview begins here at the 24:50 mark.
“We’re meeting with dozens of whistleblowers from some of the top law-enforcement agencies, not just the FBI, but also Border Patrol,” Comer said, who “fear being retaliated by this politicized Biden administration” but nevertheless are coming forward to allege political interference with the agencies’ duties.
In recent weeks U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) have also reported FBI whistleblowers contacting them with serious allegations that FBI supervisors have approached investigations through a political lens which in the Hunter Biden case caused aspects of it to be abandoned or slow-walked so that the FBI would not “change the outcome of the election again” in a reference to the Hillary Clinton email scandal uncovered in 2015 and carried over to the 2016 presidential election.
Members of the House Judiciary, Energy & Commerce, and Oversight Committees, Comer said, have “requested correspondence” between the FBI and Facebook and Facebook and the DNC, which Comer said “followed up” after the FBI’s contact with the platform occurred.
“We have pretty good information that would lead me to believe that the — not only did the FBI communicate with Zuckerberg, but also the Democratic National Committee followed up with Zuckerberg after the FBI gave him that warning.” Comer said, in what the congressmen see as “a coordinated effort by the Biden campaign to do everything in their ability to spook Facebook to censor conservatives, especially the Hunter Biden story, which we now know was 100% true.”
The laptop contains emails and photographs appearing to demonstrate that the elder Biden, when he was serving as Barack Obama’s vice president, played a role in his son’s business dealings which garnered multiple millions of dollars from China, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia. The material also indicates Hunter Biden dealt with drug addiction and other personal troubles to which Joe Biden lent his sympathy and support.
During the 2020 campaign, Joe Biden claimed he had “never spoken” with his son about his overseas business ventures. After The Post broke its first story, neither Biden denied the allegations about the laptop.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last Thursday told podcaster Joe Rogan that the FBI had contacted a Facebook security team to warn of a “Russian propaganda” campaign expected in the final weeks before the election, urging the social-media platform to “be vigilant.”
The warning came shortly before The New York Post released its exclusive story on October 14, 2020.
In public remarks in 2018, Joe Biden admitted to having intimidated Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko into firing prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the energy company Burisma which had hired Hunter to serve on its board of directors for as much as $83,000 monthly without any relevant experience.
The FBI has come under increasing scrutiny as whistleblowers reportedly have approached members of Congress to describe “a culture of corruption” at certain Bureau field offices which have collectively engaged in “Fabricated terrorism cases to pump up performance statistics” and sexual harassment, according to an August 22 article in The Washington Times.
On Tuesday, Hannity reported that as many as 20 whistleblowers have come forward and that pressure is building within the agency to oust Director Christopher Wray, the Trump nominee who replaced James Comey after Trump fired him in May 2017.
The warning, according to Zuckerberg on the Rogan podcast, caused Facebook to downgrade The Post‘s articles on the Hunter Biden laptop until “fact-checkers” could determine whether or not they contained false information. “No one was able to say it was false,” Zuckerberg told Rogan.
Zuckerberg now says he regrets having censored the story.
According to some, including Trump on TruthSocial Tuesday, the censoring of The Post‘s exclusive articles on the laptop, which contains evidence that the entire Biden family was embroiled in Hunter’s overseas business dealings which emails and photos from the laptop show were influenced by the elder Biden’s then-position as vice president.
“The fact is that the FBI told Facebook the “Laptop from Hell” was Russian disinformation when they knew very well that it was not,” Trump posted on TruthSocial. “This False statement alone changed the outcome of the Election by millions of votes, and it was by no means the only corruption which took place…”
Through a foundation he launched, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated more than $350 million to two left-leaning nonprofits, which distributed the money in nearly all 50 states with a concentration in urban areas such as Atlanta, five Wisconsin cities, Philadelphia and others, purportedly for the administration of “safe elections” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Business Insider on September 1, 2020:
“Due to the unprecedented challenges COVID-19 will have on voting across the country, election officials are working around the clock to make sure that every voter has the ability to participate safely and have their vote counted,” Zuckerberg and Chan said in a joint statement.
“Many counties and states are strapped financially and working to determine how to staff and fund operations that will allow for ballots to be cast and counted in a timely way,” the couple added. “These donations will help to provide local and state officials across the country with the resources, training and infrastructure necessary to ensure that every voter who intends to cast a ballot is able to, and ultimately, to preserve the integrity of our elections.”
The donations come with Zuckerberg under constant scrutiny over the spread of political misinformation on Facebook and over the company’s policies regarding fact-checking.
nearly half of the states have legislatively banned private funding of elections.
According to Mollie ball of Time Magazine on February 5, 2021, there existed a “conspiracy” to “
Nearly half of the states have now legislatively banned private funding of elections.
According to Molly Ball of Time Magazine on February 4, 2021, there existed during the 2020 election cycle a “conspiracy” uniting “business and labor” to “oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.”
“Their work touched every aspect of the election,” Ball wrote. “They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears. They executed national public-awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks, preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories and false claims of victory from getting more traction. After Election Day, they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result.”