Gaetz to the FBI: “How are Americans supposed to trust that you can protect us from the next Colonial pipeline if it seems you can’t locate a laptop that was given to you three years ago from the First Family, potentially creating vulnerabilities for our country?”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) entered Hunter Biden’s laptop and the receipt from Mac’s Computer repair into the congressional record.
Gaetz came down hard on FBI Assistant Director for the Cyber Division Bryan Vorndran, asking him if the laptop “created cyber vulnerabilities.”
Vorndran admitted he did not know the location of the laptop or if Russia used any of the contents.
From a Gaetz press release:
Who has it?” Gaetz asked. “I don’t know who has it,” the witness responded to surprise.
Next, Gaetz entered into the committee record the contents of Hunter’s Biden’s Laptop and a receipt from Mac’s Computer Repair evidencing the FBI taking possession of the Laptop in December 2019. Still, the FBI Cyber Assistant Director testified that after three years in possession of the Laptop, no assessment had been made.
“How are Americans supposed to trust that you can protect us from the next Colonial pipeline if it seems you can’t locate a laptop that was given to you three years ago from the First Family, potentially creating vulnerabilities for our country?,” Gaetz asked.
Utilizing the exact language Robert Mueller offered the Judiciary Committee when ignoring Democratic National Committee dies to the Steele Dossier, the FBI Cyber Assistant Director said Hunter’s Laptop was not in his “purview.”
Gaetz further referenced the “international business deals, kickbacks and shakedowns” that would allow foreign adversaries to compromise the First Family. The FBI Cyber witness would not or could not testify that the First Family was not compromised by the Laptop’s contents.
Assistant Director Vorndarn committed to carry Gaetz’s demand for a further briefing on the matter to the FBI.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman tried to block Gaetz’s request, but eventually gave in:
Earlier, Gaetz held up what appeared to be a small external hard drive as he said, “I seek unanimous consent to enter into the record of this committee, the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop, which I’m in possession of.”
At that time, Nadler said, “I’m not –” and paused to confer with an aide, during which another lawmaker said, “There’s no objection to that.”
Nadler then announced, “I will object, pending further investigation.”
“What’s the basis of that objection?” Gaetz shot back.
“It’s a unanimous consent request and I object, pending further investigation,” Nadler said.
“It may very well be entered into the record after we have a chance to look at it further.”
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