“Hunter Biden’s laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign,” Ratcliffe said.
“Let me be clear: The intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that. And we have shared no intelligence with Adam Schiff, or any member of Congress,” he said.
Ratcliffe then shattered Schiff.
“It’s funny that some of the people who complain the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing the intelligence,” Ratcliffe said. “Unfortunately, it is Adam Schiff who said the intelligence community believes the Hunter Biden laptop and emails on it are part of a Russian disinformation campaign.”
An email revealed Hunter Biden introduced his father, who back then was President Barack Obama’s vice president, to a top executive at Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm whose board he sat on.
The confrontation occurred a year before Biden called for the ouster of a top Ukrainian prosecutor.
Vadym Pozharskiy, an adviser to the Burisma board, blessed Hunter Biden for the “opportunity” to meet his father first hand in an email sent on April 17, 2015.
The messages were found on the hard drive of a laptop that the son allegedly dropped off at a Delaware computer store and never went back to get it.
Ratcliffe explained the computer is “in the jurisdiction of the FBI.”
“The FBI has had possession of this,” he said. “Without commenting on any investigation that they may or may not have, their investigation is not centered around Russian disinformation and the intelligence community is not playing any role with respect to that.
He also warned Schiff and others not to “leverage the intelligence community for a political narrative that’s not true.”
“In this case, Adam Schiff saying this is part of a disinformation campaign and that the intelligence community has assessed and believes that — that is simply not true,” Ratcliffe said. “Whether it’s Republicans or Democrats, if they try to leverage the intelligence community for political gain, I won’t allow it.”
The Biden campaign and Hunter Biden have not discussed the authenticity of any of the emails from his purported laptop that has been advertised so far. They have also not doubted that Biden dropped off the laptop at a computer store last year.