Blinken denies any role in letter dismissing Hunter Biden laptop as Russian disinformation
"I'm not engaging in politics," Blinken said. "I've got a lot on my agenda."
Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he did not play a role in the letter signed by over 50 current and former intelligence officials dismissing the Hunter Biden laptop story as part of a Russian interference operation ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
"One of the great benefits of this job is that I don't do politics and don't engage in it," Blinken told Fox News in an interview Monday. "But with regard to that letter, I didn't – it wasn't my idea, didn't ask for it, didn't solicit it. And I think the testimony that the former deputy director of the CIA, Mike Morell, put forward confirms that."
Morell testified to Congress that Blinken "triggered" the letter, which was organized by the Biden campaign.
Morell also said that Blinken did not directly tell him to write the letter. But Blinken shared a USA Today article with Morell that was used to claim that the laptop may have originated from a Russian disinformation campaign.
When asked during the interview Monday about whether he accepts that the laptop is not Russian disinformation, Blinken said: "Again, from my perspective, I'm not engaging in politics. I've got a lot on my agenda."
Blinken's comments come as some congressional Republicans are calling for his impeachment over the letter.