The White House has been put “on notice” and ordered not to “delete or destroy any evidence of your coordination and collusion in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal.”
Republicans are preparing to launch investigations into Hunter Biden and several top Biden administration officials if the GOP wins back control of the House after the midterms.
Congressional GOP lawmakers are preparing now for the probes so they can hit the ground running after the elections.
In anticipation, Republicans are warning the White House not to destroy any evidence that relates to the widespread cover-up of Hunter Biden’s “Laptop from Hell” scandal.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) issued a warning this week, singling out two officials in particular.
The move comes after one of the mainstream media’s key Democratic allies — The New York Times — finally acknowledged that the contents of the MacBook Pro, that President Joe Biden’s son abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop, were, in fact, real.
The Times made the admission during reporting on what light the laptop’s emails shed on Hunter Biden’s shady business dealings.
In the wake of the Times’ exceptionally belated recognition of the laptop’s veracity, Issa — likely chairman of the House Oversight Committee if the GOP retakes the lower chamber — announced he was “calling for a Congressional investigation into how big tech, mainstream media, and the Democrat industrial complex colluded to suppress the Hunter Biden scandals — and during the last days of the 2020 election.”
Tonight, I’m calling for a Congressional investigation into how big tech, mainstream media, and the Democrat industrial complex colluded to suppress the Hunter Biden scandals — and during the last days of the 2020 election.
— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) March 18, 2022
That was last Thursday.
This Thursday, the congressman put White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and press secretary Jen Psaki “on notice” that they would be at the center of the investigation.
“Don’t delete or destroy any evidence of your coordination and collusion in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal,” he tweeted.
Today, I put this White House — including Jen Psaki and Ron Klain — on notice: Don’t delete or destroy any evidence of your coordination and collusion in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal.
— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) March 24, 2022
Issa had previously talked about his plans to investigative reporter John Solomon of Just the News.
“What I can’t live with is the fact that when the New York Post, one of the oldest print newspapers in the country, founded in 1801, comes out with credible evidence, which they can show how they got it, what their sources were — there were no hidden sources on this — they not only got shut down by … Facebook and Twitter, but they got shut down by The New York Times, by public broadcasting, by virtually everyone,” he said Tuesday.
The California representative was discussing social media’s blackout of the Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden in the weeks before the 2020 election.
The outlet was locked out of its Twitter account based on the faulty pretext that the social media giant prohibited the dissemination of “hacked” materials (the laptop wasn’t hacked), and Facebook said it was “reducing [the story’s] distribution on our platform … to reduce the spread of misinformation” pending a fact-checking review that didn’t come until too late, and then only came quietly.
This is part of our standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation. We temporarily reduce distribution pending fact-checker review. https://t.co/vf3CBvLmjj
— Andy Stone (@andymstone) October 14, 2020
Many Democrats, including Psaki, said the story had all the classic earmarks of Russian disinformation.
As evidence, they pointed to a letter from more than 50 former intelligence officials — which had no evidence but claimed reporting on the laptop “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”
Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say https://t.co/zRdHxTxVsl
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) October 20, 2020
That witless circular logic hasn’t aged well, but it did the trick — at least at the time.
Now, with the increasing likelihood that the GOP will retake the House of Representatives, it’s not looking so hot.
Issa has sent letters to Klain, Psaki, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, inter alia.
“I write to request you immediately initiate document preservation for all materials relating to questions, inquiry, conversation, strategy, and response, from 2020 to current, to the media reporting of the Hunter Biden laptop and/or its contents that first appeared in the New York Post on October 14, 2020,” the letters read, according to Fox News.
“Material preservation is essential for Congress to conduct a comprehensive fact-finding investigation into actions by technology companies, media organization, and political allies to suppress information and prevent public awareness of matters involving the Biden Family.”
In a statement, Issa called collusion among Democrats, the establishment media, and social media giants “the most consequential political scandal since Watergate, and it deserves an investigation in Congress no less robust and no less bipartisan than that one.”
This is an investigation that has to be done, because shutting down the First Amendment is now a pattern. https://t.co/pUyMMszBkv
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) March 24, 2022
“We already know for a fact that Big Tech colluded with some of the nation’s most powerful media and most influential Democrat partisans in the intelligence community to suppress the truth, censor fact-based journalism, and cover for the Biden family,” Issa said.
“Now the full truth and complete accountability must follow.”
And that’s something Psaki can’t just “circle back” to us on.