Remarks as delivered:

“So I would just start with this question: what part of Mr. Comer’s presentation was Russian disinformation?

Never forget what happened on October 19th, 2020, 15 days before the most important election we have in our country, who’s going to be the next President of the United States.

Fifthteen days before that, Mr. Brennan, Mr. Clapper, and 49 other people signed a letter that said the following: ‘It is for these reasons that we write to say that the arrival on the US political scene of emails, purportedly belonging to Vice President Biden, Vice President Biden’s son Hunter, has all the classic earmarks of a Russian Information Operation.’

They further went on to say ‘we want to emphasize that we do not know if the emails provided to the New York Post are genuine or not, just that our experience makes us deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case.’

Of course, that letter became the pretext for suppressing this story. Again, just days before the most important election we have in our country.

So I would ask this was: JP Morgan’s suspicious activity report to the Treasury Department, was that just a classic earmark of a Russian information operation?

How about when Hunter Biden sent the email that Mr. Comer pointed to, sent the email asking for keys to his new office space.

One for himself, one for President Biden, one for his Uncle Jim Biden, and one for the emissary for the Chairman of the Chinese energy company, CFCC.

Was that just Russian disinformation operation in place? What part of Mr. Comer’s presentation prompted the FBI to go to Facebook and say, ‘Hey, hey, hey, you want to be on the lookout for Russian misinformation here this election season?’

What part of his presentation would prompt that? And I think it’s also important to understand, never forget how this story has changed.

I mean, think about this. When it started off, it was no, it’s not his laptop. It’s not his laptop.

Then it was, well, it’s his laptop, but remember, it’s Russian disinformation, and no one did anything wrong.

Then it was well, maybe, maybe he did something wrong, but President Biden didn’t know about it. And now it’s, well, maybe President Biden knew about it and was involved. But it didn’t influence his decisions.

In fact, yesterday, there was a story in Politico, which said that. The story in Politico yesterday, ‘Investigating the investigators: Dem strategists to launch counterpunch to House GOP’ story in Politico yesterday.

Here’s what it said in there, quote, ‘no evidence has publicly emerged that Joe Biden’s decisions were affected by his son’s business dealings.’

Wow, we’ve, so we’ve went from it wasn’t his laptop, and it was Russian disinformation to oh, whatever was in there didn’t affect the President’s business dealings, even though he was involved, even though the laptop was real, even though it wasn’t disinformation.

That’s how far we’ve come. So I think that, I think there are all kinds of questions that need to be answered, and we’re determined to get there.

Here’s some of them that I have. Did the FBI brief Twitter as well? We know they’ve briefed Facebook. We know that had an impact on the election.

There’s been surveys done for where thousands and thousands of voters across this country said it might have impacted their decision in the election in 2020.

Did the FBI brief any of the 51 former intelligence officials who signed that letter?

Again, that letter that became the pretext for suppressing this story? Who did the briefings? Who briefed Facebook?

Here’s the name that I think it’s interesting: Timothy Thibault. So Mr. Thibault, now remember, we just did a report two weeks ago, Judiciary Committee, a report that talked about the political influence in the political shenanigans going on in our Justice Department, based on 14 FBI agents who come talk to our office as whistleblowers.

One of those agents said, and this is a term he used, he said, at the highest levels of the FBI, specifically the Washington Field Office. He said it’s ‘rotted [at] the core,’ not talking about rank-and-file agents. They’re doing good work. [I’m] talking about the top people at the Washington Field Office. We had another whistleblower who brought up the name Mr. Thibault and said Mr. Thibault is pressuring agents to catalog and categorize cases in a specific way to satisfy this narrative about domestic violence extremism.

But what’s interesting is a different whistleblower, one who didn’t come to our office, a different whistleblower who went to Senator Grassley’s office, said that Mr. Thibault, by the way the head of the [Assistant] Special Agent in Charge at the Washington Field Office.

Mr. Thibault is also the guy who suppressed information about the Hunter Biden story in October of 2020. I’d like to talk to Mr. Thibault.

In fact, we have asked to talk to Mr. Thibault. Even though he said publicly I welcome a chance to answer questions. He’s refused to come in and talk to us. That’s someone we need to talk to.

Why has the Biden administration suddenly changed their position on suspicious activity reports? Used to be Mr. Comer wanted to see them, any member of Congress, any chairman wants to see them, any ranking member wants to see, any member of Congress, any committee, you got a chance to see them.

Suddenly? No, no, no, we can’t see them. I think, I think Mr. Comer and our team of the Oversight Committee would kind of like to see the other 148. They’ve seen two. They’d like to see the other 148.

So we’re committed to getting to the truth. The facts. We think that’s what the American people are entitled to.

We’re gonna try to help Representative Comer and the team here at Oversight with our work on Judiciary, but with a specific focus on what the FBI was doing.

When we know these 51 former Intel officials they got security clearance.

How often are they talking to the FBI? Are they talking to the FBI? Who’s doing the talking? Who’s doing the briefing? Were they briefed?

There’s so many questions that need answers, so we can get to the bottom of this.
And the final thing I would say is this. A colleague of mine said this in a committee hearing a few weeks ago, Mr. Gatez.

He said, “When is the FBI gonna quit interfering with elections?” 2016, they spied on President Trump’s campaign. 2018, it was the Muller investigation. 2020, they suppressed information about the Hunter Biden story. 2022, they raided the President’s home 91 days before an election.

Maybe it’d be nice if the FBI and the Justice Department just stayed out of it and let we the people decide who we think should represent us, who we think should lead us.
That’s supposed to be how America works.

So this is the focus on the Judiciary Committee, the political nature of the Justice Department and the linkage now to what was happening with the Hunter Biden story, again just 15 days before we had a presidential election.”

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