Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, has claimed that Hunter Biden emailed a computer repair shop to reclaim a hard drive now at the center of an FBI probe into Russian disinformation.
The New York Post this week detailed alleged conversations between Hunter—the son of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden—and an executive at Ukrainian gas company Burisma, on whose board Hunter previously served.
The Post cited emails reportedly found on a hard drive supplied by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani has long been involved in Trump’s political machinations in Ukraine and has reportedly been flagged by U.S. officials as a potential conduit for Russian government disinformation.
One of the released emails shows Hunter was planning to introduce Burisma executive Vadym Pozharsky to Biden—then vice president—in 2015. Pozharsky wrote to Hunter: “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some time together. It’s realty an honour and pleasure.”
Trump and his allies have seized on the email as evidence that Biden misused his position to benefit his son, though it is not clear if Pozharsky and Biden ever actually met. Biden has said he “never discussed” Hunter’s foreign business interests with him.
Bannon told Sky News Sunday: “Hunter Biden’s lawyer has come to us both with phone calls and with emails saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got to get the hard drive back.'”
“This is not some Russian intelligence operation; they admit it’s their hard drive,” Bannon said. “We have the emails from the lawyer, if we need to release them, we’ll release them.”
The emails came from the hard drive of a water-damaged laptop—purportedly belonging to Hunter—dropped off at a Delaware repair shop in 2019. The hard drive was retrieved by a third-party from the shop owner in January and sent to Giuliani. Giuliani seemingly then sat on the information for months, before releasing it to the Post weeks before the election.
The FBI is reportedly conducting an investigation into whether the allegations are part of a Russian disinformation campaign against the Biden campaign. The agency has refused to publicly confirm that an investigation is ongoing. Read from source….