Jim Jordan has backed Donald Trump’s call for a special counsel probe into the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop, piling pressure on Bill Barr to appoint one.
Jordan, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said it appears that Joe Biden ‘mislead the entire country’ when he denied knowledge of his son’s business deals in Ukraine, but that more questions need to be asked.
‘Let’s get to the facts, let’s figure out exactly how much Joe Biden knew about this,’ he told Fox News late Tuesday.
‘I certainly hope [there is an investigation before the election.] We’re 14 days from the biggest election our country has.
‘I think it’s only fair that the American people have answers to these questions… what was Vice President Biden’s association with his sons’s business dealings, how did that all work, what took place here?’
Jim Jordan, senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, has backed President Trump’s call for a special counsel investigation into Hunter Biden’s laptop
Jordan spoke out a day after Trump called for the investigation, urging Attorney General Barr to ‘act fast’ and appoint a special before Election Day.
The president said the contents of the laptop – which included intimate photos of Hunter along with emails relating to his time on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma – revealed ‘major corruption’.
But his demand appears to run smack into a Justice Department policy against taking actions that would interfere in an election – an issue that played out in 2016 in both the Hillary Clinton email probe and the then-unknown Russia probe.
‘We’ve got to get the attorney general to act. He’s got to act. And he’s got to act fast. He’s got to appoint somebody,’ Trump said, asked about naming a special counsel on ‘Fox & Friends.’
‘This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election,’ Trump said in the call-in appearance on the network.
Trump is also being backed by 11 House conservatives who also wrote a letter to Barr on Monday demanding an investigation.
‘We’ve got to get the attorney general to act. He’s got to act. And he’s got to act fast,’ President Donald Trump said Tuesday, saying he wants attorney general Bill Barr to name a special prosecutor to probe the Bidens
Trump said he wanted Barr to act before the election
They wrote: ‘These alleged revelations raise serious questions about former Vice President Joe Biden’s reported participation with his son’s business, dealings, specifically whether the former vice president (1) received foreign monies during his tenure in the Obama administration and (2) if former Vice President Biden allowed his son to peddle access to his father with foreign business entities.’
Among the signers were Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona and Paul Gosar of Texas, as well as former Rep. Steve King of Iowa.
Trump referred to the computer – which a Wilmington computer repair store owner says he provided to the attorney for Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani months ago after a person brought it in and failed to collect it – as the ‘laptop from hell.’
‘Even if he didn’t get all of this money, you can’t go to China and have the son walk out with $1.5 billion. … You can’t go to Ukraine with $83,000 a month. … You can’t get $3.5 million from the mayor of Moscow’s wife,’ he said.
‘And you didn’t have a job before your father was vice president. You can’t go and go with your father and every stop you make, you pick up $1 billion.’
Trump referred Hunter Biden’s laptop – which a Wilmington computer repair store owner says he provided to the attorney for Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani months ago after a person brought it in and failed to collect it – as the ‘laptop from hell.’
An open letter signed by more than 50 former senior intelligence officials has suggested that the laptop is part of a Russian ‘disinformation’ campaign to smear Biden ahead of the election, in an attempt to weaken the US on the world stage.
But Jordan dismissed those reports, saying they were coming from the same sources that alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016 – which Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation failed to find.
‘I don’t put much stock in those guys,’ he said.
He added that the FBI now has hold of the laptop and believes it to be genuine, and said he had received several calls confirming the laptop is real.
Jordan also noted that the Biden camp have not yet denied the laptop belonged to Hunter, despite having ample opportunity to do so.
Trump needled Barr during a campaign rally in Arizona Monday, saying Biden was lucky because Barr was so ‘fair,’ as the president addressed a rally crowd chanting ‘lock him up.’
‘I know people who would have had him locked up five weeks ago,’ Trump said. ‘Somebody else would have taken this thing and all that c**p and corruption.’
But Trump said Barr, who Democrats have considered impeaching after a series of actions that appear to have benefitted Trump, a ‘very nice man.’
‘Bill Barr is a very nice man and a very fair man,’ he said. ‘Just remember it, because I get angry too.’
Trump’s slams on Barr come follow reports that U.S. attorney John Durham, tapped by Barr to probe alleged FBI misconduct in the Russia probe, will not be taking additional action before the election.
Director of National Intelligence, a Trump loyalist who assumed his post in May, said Monday that the FBI was investigating the issue.
HOW HUNTER’S EMAILS EXPLODED AS TWO WORLDS COLLIDED
January 2009: Hunter Biden (right) quits lobbying because his father has become vice president, and sets up investment and advisory firm firm Rosemont Seneca with friends Christopher Heinz – John Kerry’s stepson – and Devon Archer (left), a former Kerry aide
July 2010: Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, who owns its biggest natural gas company Burisma joins the government of its president Viktor Yanukovych
February 2014: Yanukovych is deposed in a revolution which claims scores of lives and Burisma Zlochevsky is thrown out of government too
April 16: Burisma is secretly accused of money-laundering by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office. On the same day Archer meets Joe Biden at the White House. Six days later Archer joins the board of Burisma
April 28: Britain’s Serious Fraud Office freeze $23 million of Burisma’s cash, every dollar which exists in the UK’s banking system
May 12: Hunter joins the board of Burisma to improve ‘corporate governance.’ Hunter’s salary is later revealed to be $50,000-a-month. Burisma board advisor Vadym Pozharskyi who had met Hunter in Lake Como, Italy, days earlier, emails him asking to ‘use his influence’ to stop prosecutions. During the summer, the new prosecutor-general of Ukraine opens an investigation into Burisma
February 2015: Senior diplomat George Kent, on temporary assignment to Kyiv, learns of Hunter’s role. He phones a staffer at Biden’s office to it could ‘create perception of a conflict of interest.’ That month Viktor Shokin takes office as Ukraine’s prosecutor general, despite already being the subject of questions about his own links to corruption
April 17: Email from Hunter’s laptop shows Pozharskyi writing Hunter: ‘thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some together.’
Summer: The Burisma investigation appears to become dormant
January 2016: Biden travels to Ukraine amid mounting international disgust at Shokin failing to tackle corruption. One of the concerns raised by the European Union and IMF is that he has failed to investigate Burisma. Biden tells Poroshenko he needs to go. He later boasts: ‘I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.’ Shokin in fact is finally removed from office in March after internal turmoil in Kyiv
2018: Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani starts ‘investigating’ the Bidens’ links to Ukraine, enlisting the help of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are now indicted on fraud charges. Ukraine’s latest prosecutor general announces he will investigate Burisma early the next year
April 12, 2019: Hunter – or a man saying he is Hunter – takes three damaged Macs to John Paul MacIsaac’s Apple repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware. MacIsaac puts data from one on a new hard drive
April 25: Joe Biden announces presidential run
July 11: The laptops have not been picked up and are now considered ‘abandoned’ according to MacIsaac’s terms and conditions
Summer: MacIsaac claims he becomes worried about what he has seen on the laptop whose contents he put on a disk, and thinks he might be killed by a Biden associate for having it in his shop
Fall: MacIsaac either contacts the FBI or is contacted by them; he has said both
December 9 or 19: The FBI pick up the laptop, but MacIsaac has made a copy for himself. Giuliani later says the shopowner has made four. They give him a grand jury subpoena to hand it over, even though he was going to anyway
Early January 2020: The FBI tell MacIsaac not to talk to anyone and to stall if a Biden representative comes to get the laptop back
February: Trump is acquitted at end of his impeachment trial
May: On Giuliani’s account, MacIsaac hands over the hard drive to Robert Costello, Giuliani’s attorney, by this month at the latest as well as trying to give it to other Republicans
September: Steve Bannon, Trump’s ex-aide and now indicted on fraud charges, tells New York Post about existence of laptop
September 28: Bannon boasts to a Dutch TV interviewer ‘I have Hunter’s hard drive’
October 11: Giuliani gives Post the hard drive
October 14: Post publishes emails and partially-clothed pictures of Hunter from the laptop – one of them with an apparent crack pipe – and says it has an 11-minute sex-and-drugs video. Giuliani promises there is ‘more to come,’ Republican senators promise to investigate but Democrats say the former New York mayor has ‘paraded with Russian agents’