(Liberty Bell) – According to court filings and campaign finance records, two officials with the FBI that briefed Facebook just ahead of its decision to help bury news stories related to Hunter Biden’s laptop donated a healthy sum of cash to Democrats during the 2020 presidential elections.
“Laura Dehmlow, the unit chief for the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force, and Elvis Chan, the head of the FBI’s San Francisco cyber division, were ‘involved’ in the communications between the FBI and Facebook that led to the social media giant’s ‘suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story,’ a court filing revealed on Thursday. The FBI’s interactions with Facebook have been of interest since Mark Zuckerberg said in August that Facebook blocked access to an October 2020 New York Post article about Biden’s laptop because the FBI had earlier warned the company to be on ‘high alert’ for Russian efforts to release derogatory information about the Bidens before the election,” The Washington Free Beacon reported.
The campaign finance records reveal that Dehmlow donated $60 to the Democratic National Committee in 2020. Chan gave $50 to each of the Democratic Georgia senators including Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock for their runoff campaigns back in November 2020.
“According to the court filing, Facebook parent company Meta identified Dehmlow and Chan in response to a subpoena for records of interactions with the Biden administration. The filing, released by the Missouri attorney general’s office on Monday, does not detail Dehmlow and Chan’s interactions with Facebook or any other social media companies. The attorney general’s office is suing the Biden administration for allegedly colluding with social media companies to ‘censor free speech,'” Chuck Ross penned for the Washington Free Beacon.
“The contributions are likely to revive longstanding concerns about political bias in the FBI’s probe of Hunter Biden, who is under federal investigation over his taxes and foreign business dealings. Republican lawmakers have accused the FBI of shutting down aspects of the investigation into Biden and of inaccurately referring to reports about the Biden family’s business dealings as Russian disinformation,” Ross continued.
Sens. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, and Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, have been pressing the bureau for months now concerning information about who met with social media companies in order to warn them about the New York Post story concerning the Biden laptop. After the comments made by Zuckerberg, both members of the GOP started asking the FBI and the Justice Department to provide details about the interactions between social media companies and then leveled accusations against the agencies of “falsely” portraying negative reports about Biden as a misinformation campaign from the Russians.
“Twitter joined Facebook in censoring the Post’s story about Hunter Biden based on information from intelligence officials. Yoel Roth, the head of Twitter’s site integrity unit, has said he blocked access to the story because the officials, who have not been identified, said there were ‘rumors’ that Russia would release derogatory material about Hunter Biden,” Ross stated in the piece.
“Facebook and Twitter executives have acknowledged they were wrong to censor the Biden story. There is no evidence that Russia hacked Hunter Biden or released his emails. A computer repair shop owner in Delaware says Biden dropped off his laptop for repairs in April 2019 but never retrieved it. The shop owner, John Paul Mac Isaac, provided a copy of Biden’s hard drive to the FBI in late 2019, and released another copy to the media in 2020,” the Free Beacon noted.
Grassley and Johnson have made it known that whistleblowers from the FBI have claimed that there was an official from the bureau’s Washington Field Office who was in charge of the Hunter Biden investigation who shut down inquiries into the derogatory allegations concerning him in October 2021. The official in question, Timothy Thibault, slammed members of the GOP in a number of social media posts.
“FBI director Christopher Wray established the Foreign Influence Task Force in 2017 ‘to identify and counteract malign foreign influence operations targeting the United States.’ According to the FBI, the task force has focused primarily on foreign influence operations in which foreign actors ‘use false personas and fabricated stories on social media platforms to discredit U.S. individuals and institutions,'” Ross wrote.
Chan, who currently works out of the field office in San Francisco, spoke out publicly concerning the interactions he had with social media companies during the time before the 2020 election. He made it clear he was “very involved in helping to protect the U.S. elections in 2020” and said the FBI “worked in conjunction with the private sector.” He also said that he got together with technology and social media companies “on a weekly basis” before the election in order to share intelligence regarding “unusual” activity on the networks.
“That’s where the FBI and the U.S. government can actually help companies,” he remarked.
Or, and hear me out on this, maybe the government could just mind its own business and not interfere with private companies? Because it’s not the job of the federal government to try and sway an election to go a certain way by burying information reported on in the media. This is an overstepping of boundaries. That much should be crystal clear.
With a violation of the Constitution so egregious as this, people need to be held accountable for their actions. Unfortunately, that probably won’t happen any time soon.
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