Amid recent testimonies and allegations, Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken has avoided directly answering questions about his involvement in the letter signed by 51 intelligence officials during the 2020 election season. The letter claimed that the Hunter Biden laptop story bore “all the hallmarks of Russian disinformation.” When pressed on his stance about whether the laptop story was not Russian disinformation, Blinken deflected, citing his busy schedule and claiming he doesn’t engage in politics.
In an interview with Fox News’ Benjamin Hall, Blinken denied having any role in the letter, stating, “One of the great benefits of this job is that I don’t do politics and don’t engage in it.” He added that former CIA deputy director Mike Morell’s testimony supported his claim.
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However, Morell’s account of events suggested that Blinken, then a Biden campaign adviser, was the catalyst for the letter. When asked if Blinken’s call “triggered” the intent to write the statement, Morell confirmed, “Yes, absolutely.”
Despite the conflicting accounts, Blinken maintained that he was too preoccupied with pressing international matters to address questions about the laptop story. “I’ve got a lot on my agenda trying to help the Ukrainians and the Russian aggression against them, engaging with allies and partners around the world, and dealing with some of the challenges posed by China. We have a situation now in Sudan that has fully occupied my time. So that’s where my focus is,” he said.
The Functional Government Initiative, a government watchdog group, discovered emails exchanged between Blinken and Hunter Biden during Blinken’s tenure as deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration. This correspondence, facilitated through Blinken’s private AOL email address, included setting up personal meetings.
Secretary Blinken’s evasion of questions regarding the Hunter Biden laptop story has drawn the attention of congressional Republicans. They are investigating President Biden’s involvement in the international business dealings of his son Hunter and his brother James. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has accused Blinken of perjury for claiming in a 2020 deposition that he never emailed Hunter, despite evidence from the laptop that he did.
The controversy surrounding Blinken and the Hunter Biden laptop story remains unresolved, with the Secretary of State evading questions about his involvement and stance. While Blinken insists he is too busy addressing pressing international matters to comment on the issue, his evasiveness raises questions about his role in the matter and the potential implications for the Biden administration. As a result, Americans are carefully watching Senate and House Republican efforts to move the investigation forward.