US media is reporting that the US director of national intelligence has called there is no evidence of foreign involvement in the emails allegedly found on a laptop linked to Hunter Biden, the son of US Presidential candidate Joe Biden. According to the NBC News report, the matter of foreign influence is still under investigation by the FBI:
October 19, 2020 WASHINGTON — The director of national intelligence insisted Monday that there is no evidence the Russians or other foreign actors were behind the emails allegedly found on a laptop linked to Hunter Biden, even as officials familiar with the matter tell NBC News the FBI continues to probe that question. John Ratcliffe, a former Republican House member from Texas who has come under heavy criticism over allegations he has politicized intelligence to help President Donald Trump, told Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo that a laptop allegedly left at a Delaware repair shop “is not part of some disinformation campaign.” “Let me be clear,” he said. “The intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that.” A Democratic Congressional official familiar with the matter told NBC News the FBI was actively examining that question, confirming what two other people familiar with the matter said Friday night — that federal investigators are trying to determine whether the materials allegedly found on the laptop were the fruits of a foreign intelligence operation designed to interfere in the presidential election. Ratcliffe acknowledged that the laptop is “in the jurisdiction of the FBI,” adding, “The FBI has had possession of this,” but “their investigation is not centered around Russian disinformation and the intelligence community is not playing any role with respect to that.” The FBI seized the laptop and a hard drive through a grand jury subpoena. The subpoena was later published by the New York Post, which published a series of stories last week based on emails, texts, photos and videos it said came from the laptop. The Post said it obtained the material from President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani. The first Post story highlighted what it called a “smoking gun email” that suggested a meeting between Biden and a representative of a Ukrainian company that once paid Hunter Biden. The Biden campaign denies that the meeting happened, and the story was greeted with widespread skepticism.
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The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported last month that US intelligence agencies had warned the White House late last year that Russian intelligence officers were using President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani as a means to transmit disinformation aimed at undermining the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Joe Biden