Gaetz seeks to strip clearance for intel officials who called Hunter Biden's laptop Russian disinfo

The Florida congressman's measure is titled "Spook Who Cried Wolf Resolution"

Published: March 29, 2022 12:40pm

Updated: March 29, 2022 6:10pm

Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz will introduce resolution Tuesday titled the "Spook Who Cried Wolf Resolution" to permanently revoke security clearances for dozens of former intelligence officials who attached their names to a public letter alleging the content in Hunter Biden's laptop was Russian disinformation.

In October of 2020 – days before the presidential election – 51 former intelligence officials signed the letter declaring Hunter Biden's emails had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation." 

Hunter Biden is the son of President Joe Biden, and his overseas business dealing while his father was vice president were a matter of concern during the election and continue to be. 

At about the same time the letter was signed, Twitter temporarily blocked the New York Post from using its account for sharing the article detailing the findings of Hunter Biden's laptop.

Twitter later said the lockout was a mistake and should not have occurred.

Gaetz says that each of the 51 letter signatories continue to stand by the contents of the letter, which was touted as fact by the Biden campaign and widely disseminated by the mainstream media in an apparent effort to undermine the legitimacy of the laptop exposé. 

"We want to emphasize that we do not know if the emails, provided to the New York Post by President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, are genuine or not and that we do not have evidence of Russian involvement – just that our experience makes us deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case," the letter in part reads.

"If we are right, this is Russia trying to influence how Americans vote in this election, and we believe strongly that Americans need to be aware of this."

Gaetz's resolution is co-sponsored by fellow GOP Reps. Dan Bishop, of North Carolina; Louie Gohmert, of Texas; Marjorie Taylor Greene, of Georgia; Thomas Massie, of Kentucky, and Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, each from Arizona. 

The letter seeks to strip such signatories as former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and former CIA Director John Brennan of any future access to sensitive U.S. intelligence information. 

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