U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson accused The New York Times of “covering its tracks” and demanded an apology for taking so long to admit that Hunter Biden’s laptop was genuine.
On WABC 770 AM’s “The Cats Roundtable” Sunday, the Wisconsin Republican tore into the Gray Lady for only now coming out and acknowledging the authenticity of the laptop. He also targeted former intelligence experts and Big Tech for the part they played in suppressing and discrediting the New York Post’s initial reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop and business dealings.
“I am just amazed that the New York Times just now came to the conclusion that the Hunter Biden laptop was genuine,” he told host John Catsimatidis in an interview that aired on the radio show Sunday.
“Where have they been? That was pretty obvious within a week or two of the New York Post’s stories,” he added, referring to the October 2020 report on the younger Biden’s involvement with Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president in the Obama administration.
“The FBI had to know that. They wouldn’t tell us when we were offered the laptop. I couldn’t take it because I had to do my due diligence. The FBI knew,” Johnson said. “We reached out to the FBI. They wouldn’t tell us it was genuine. They should have. But they didn’t. People should be outraged.”
The laptop, which contained the younger Biden’s emails on his business dealings in Ukraine and China, was obtained by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was an attorney for then-President Donald Trump after it had been left at a Delaware computer repair shop. The New York Post had investigated its contents and reported on the findings.
Days after the reporting, and just ahead of the 2020 election, a group of intelligence experts had issued a letter casting doubt and Johnson aimed his ire at them as well.
“The New York Times is finally, quietly, covering its tracks. … Where are all the other apologies? Where is the apology from the 50 intelligence … operatives?”Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, asked.
“What they really said was that the laptop had all the hallmarks of Russian disinformation. I had absolutely no information whatsoever, no evidence that this was Russian disinformation. … So, you have all these intelligence operatives confirming … a false story,” he said.
“It was obvious very early on that the Hunter Biden laptop was genuine,” the lawmaker continued. “They never should have tainted the process with that letter, but they did. Are they going to apologize for it? I’m not holding my breath.”
Johnson exposed the media’s bias as well, calling out “media oligarchs” as “big-tech billionaires” whose censorship impacted U.S. politics.
“My main point is that the mainstream media, their bias, their corruption, their complicity in the Russian collusion hoax, interfered with our elections. Had a far greater impact on our elections than anything Russia or China ever could hope to accomplish. But they’re never held accountable because they have to hold themselves accountable, and they are not going to do that,” he said.
“These are big-tech billionaires. You go to Ukraine and the complaint is always about the media oligarchs are corrupting the political process in Eastern European countries. We have our own media oligarchs. We just called them big-tech billionaires,” Johnson told the radio host.
“They are far more powerful than any media oligarchs in Russia or in Eastern Europe. Look at the suppression. The censorship. The bias. We’ve got big-tech billionaires. And they are dramatically impacting and interfering in our politics,” he added.
He accused Google and Facebook of manipulating search items and affecting elections, all while the media covered for them.
“But the mainstream media covers it up. They won’t allow this information to be revealed to the American public. They have unbelievable power. And they are using that power,” he said.
“That’s just the truth. They’re not going to let the truth out.”
The senator reiterated the fiery remarks during an interview on Fox News, saying that Russia could “only dream” of interfering in U.S. elections to the extent American entities – including the Democratic Party – have.
The Democrat party and the mainstream media have divided our nation and are not being held accountable for their lies. pic.twitter.com/C4YgRdnLgH
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) March 20, 2022
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