U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) recently sent a "final batch of letters" to those intelligence officials who signed a statement back in October 2020 claiming that the Hunter Biden laptop story was "Russian disinformation."
The press release reads:
Today, [March 1, 2023,] House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) sent a final batch of letters to intelligence officials related to the public statement signed in October 2020 that attempted to discredit the New York Post’s reporting about Hunter Biden's laptop and called it a product of Russian disinformation.
This is all part of Jordan's investigation into the coordinated discrediting of the Hunter Biden laptop report during the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
As part of that coordinated effort, 51 former intelligence officials claimed that the New York Post's report "has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation." The officials, however, also added that they weren't sure whether the laptop was genuine and that there did not appear to be Russian involvement.
The fact of the matter, though, is that the intelligence officials' statement allowed the "Russian disinformation" narrative to proliferate when, in actuality, the laptop and its contents were and are the real deal.
House Republicans are now investigating the matter. And, as part of this investigation, Jordan's committee is looking to get these former intelligence officials to testify. But, so far, they are refusing.
At the beginning of the month, Jordan sent out a batch of letters, once again, asking for these individuals to testify before Congress.
"As we begin the 118th Congress, we write again to reiterate our outstanding request and ask that you immediately comply in full," the letters read.
The question is what Jordan intends to do should they continue to not comply. Will Jordan, for example, attempt to subpoena them?
The answer is unclear.
Jordan took aim at these former intelligence officials in a speech that he gave at the recently-held Conservative Political Action Conference.
Jordan, in particular, took issue with the fact that these individuals likely still have security clearances.
"I would bet every one of those 51 former intel officials who signed that letter — that now-famous letter,” Jordan said. “I would bet every one of them still has a security clearance. Why?"
I think it’s for their personal benefit. I think that that’s something that has value, and frankly they probably make money off the idea that they can get information. And many of them are contributors on various TV networks. So, why should they have a security clearance? That’s maybe one of the things we propose as legislation to help remedy some of the problems.