WASHINGTON — A watchdog group said Tuesday it was suing to obtain FBI files that may shed light on the Post’s removal of Hunter Biden laptop scoops that link President Biden to his family’s foreign business deals.
Judicial Watch, which filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in DC federal court, noted encrypted messages between Twitter executives and the FBI around the time of the pre-election censorship.
‘San Francisco FBI Agent Elvis Chan'[sent] 10 documents to Yoel Roth, then responsible for the integrity of the site of Twitter, via Teleporter, a one-way communication channel from the FBI to Twitter, the day before the publication of the Job history,” the band noted in a statement,
Chan used the special transmission to send Roth and at least one other person the documents on the night of October 13, 2020, hours before the Post’s first laptop bombs were released at 5 a.m. on October 14.
Shortly after this first report was published, Twitter banned sharing of The Post’s article and locked The Post from its accounts, citing a “pirated material” policy despite no evidence that the material was collected during a cyberattack. Facebook limited distribution of the story pending “fact-checking”.
Judicial Watch’s lawsuit seeks documents about the government’s role in other censorship decisions as well as those concerning The Post.
The lawsuit asks[a]all records of communication between any official or employee of the FBI and any officer or employee of Meta, Twitter or any other social media company regarding the laptop computer allegedly used by Hunter Biden, any media reports regarding the computer laptop and/or its contents, and/or the origin of any information contained in these reports. »
He is also looking for[a]All foreign threat alerts, notifications, notices, indicators, or similar materials provided by any FBI official or employee to any officer or employee of Meta (formerly Facebook), Twitter, or any other social media company regarding the disinformation threat disseminated by foreign actors linked to any US election.
New Twitter owner Elon Musk released files last month on management’s previous role in censorship decisions – revealing Chan’s mysterious communication on the eve of the first laptop articles and raising others questions about whether the government violated the First Amendment by pressuring corporations to censor national speech ahead of the 2020 election, which Biden narrowly won.
The so-called “Twitter Files” also revealed that in July 2020 – three months before The Post broke the laptop story – Chan emailed Roth suggesting that from 30 days before Election Day, Twitter executives would be granted temporary security clearances to discuss threats with the FBI. officials.
The FBI paid Twitter $3.5 million from October 2019 to February 2021 to process requests for moderation from the bureau, records show, but it remains unclear to what extent government officials weighed in on the stories. ‘laptop.
Other documents released by Musk show early internal doubts about the claim that the laptop was hacked. In fact, the documents came from a Delaware computer repairman who produced documents showing that Hunter Biden had legally abandoned his computer.
Musk fired Jim Baker, a prominent Twitter lawyer who joined the company in June 2020 after working as the FBI’s general counsel, in December for allegedly undermining his attempts to reveal internal documents detailing historic censorship decisions.
“The FBI was literally paying Twitter to censor Americans just before the 2020 election… The FBI appears to have interfered in the 2020 election to help Joe Biden by encouraging Big Tech to censor Americans over the laptop Hunter Biden and other debates,” the president of Judicial Watch said. Tom Fitton said on Tuesday. “And to add to the scandal, they are now covering up their misconduct.”
The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit, which was filed Jan. 11.
The Post’s first laptop bombshell revealed that Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive at Ukrainian gas company Burisma, emailed Hunter in 2015 thanking him for the ‘opportunity to meet your father’ – directly contradicting Biden . Complaint 2019 that he had “never spoken” with his son about “his business relations abroad”.
Hunter Biden was paid $1 million a year to serve on Burisma’s board of directors while his vice president father ran the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.
The Biden campaign vaguely denied the meeting took place, saying at the time, “[W]We reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as claimed by the New York Post, ever took place. But Hunter later said the laptop could “definitely” be his and other outlets, including the Washington Post, New York Times and CBS News, belatedly verified the authenticity of its contents last year. .
Photos and emails later reported by The Post indicate that Joe Biden attended a dinner party in DC in 2015 with a group of his son’s associates, including Pozharskyi, a day before the email was sent. -mail. Hunter also invited Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov. Baturina is Russia’s richest woman and a 2020 report from Republican-led Senate Committees alleges that in 2014 she paid $3.5 million to a company associated with Hunter Biden.
A second October 2020 bombshell from The Post described communications about Hunter Biden and his uncle Jim Biden’s business venture with CEFC China Energy. A May 13, 2017 email retrieved from the laptop said the “big guy” would get 10% of the deal. The Washington Post later reported that Hunter and Jim Biden received $4.8 million from CEFC.
Former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski claims he met with Joe Biden to discuss the CEFC business on May 2, 2017, and the president was the “big guy.” Email author James Gilliar also identified Joe Biden as the “big guy” in a communication retrieved from the laptop.
Other reports have linked Joe Biden to pursuing his family’s business in other countries, including Mexico and Kazakhstan and describe Hunter Biden as being near classified documents at his father’s home in Wilmington – even listing the house as his own residence on a background of 2018 check form.
A special advocate, Robert Hur, is investigating Joe Biden’s handling of classified records from before his presidency. The probe could expand to investigate Hunter Biden’s role in the saga. The first son is already under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware for possible tax evasion, illegal foreign lobbying, money laundering and apparently lying about his drug use on a drug purchase form. fire arms.