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Former US Ambassador Grenell says media has 'partisan axe to grind,' points to Biden laptop story

Grenell also said the 51 reporters who signing a letter saying the laptop story was Russia disinformation never saw a single source of intelligence beforehand.

Published: February 13, 2023 1:37pm

Updated: February 13, 2023 6:17pm

Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell says mainstream media reporters have a clear bias and an axe to grind, pointing to their reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop story.

"51 of them [journalists] signed a letter saying that Hunter's laptop was Russian disinformation, then the real story came out that not a single one of those 51 people ever saw a piece of raw intelligence that suggested that, nor did they get a briefing," Grenell said Monday on the John Solomon Reports podcast. "They never saw a single source of intelligence before signing that letter."

Grenell, who also was an acting director of National Intelligence for President Trump, also said about the reporters: "They all jumped to sign that letter because they had a hunch, because they had a partisan axe to grind."

The laptop was abandon and recovered in a Delaware repair shop and contains some information about Hunter Biden's questionable overseas business dealings, in part when his father, President Joe Biden, was vice president.

A story about the discovery of the laptop was published three weeks before the 2020 presidential election that Biden won. 

Grenell also said none of the reporters or even President Biden, has been held accountable for calling the laptop story "Russian disinformation."

"All of the media and all of the Democrats said, 'Don't look at that Hunter Biden laptop, because it's Russia, Russia, Russia,'" Grenell argued. "And even Joe Biden during the debate brought it up and said 'This is Russian disinformation.' He's never been held to account for that lie – for that spin of that election interference."

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