Sen. Johnson: FBI 'Interfered in the 2020 Election'

Michael W. Chapman | September 7, 2022 | 1:49pm EDT
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) (Getty Images)

While discussing FBI whistleblowers who are revealing details about the agency's political weaponization on behalf of Democrats, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), ranking member of the Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations, said the FBI "interfered in the 2020 election" and wanted to "bury the Hunter Biden laptop."

Since mid-2020, Sen. Johnson and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) have been investigating the laptop scandal and alleged corruption at the FBI. In recent months, an unknown number of FBI agents apparently have been speaking with the senators about the problems they've seen at the agency. 

When asked on Hannity, Aug. 31, about the whistleblowers and what he has learned, Sen Johnson said, "[M]y sources have been very specific in the areas that these whistleblowers are discussing and there are three specific areas. One is the protection of Hunter Biden and, as we know, there's very clear and compelling evidence, prima facie case of crimes committed and evidence on that laptop."

"It also would implicate his father, the 'big guy,' about monies and payments and knowledge of business dealings where Hunter made millions without any experience," said Johnson. "That would be part of the protection."

"It would also entail, for example, looking into parents at school board meetings as domestic terrorists," he said.  "Apparently, it was far more widespread, according to people that I have talked to, and these are things the whistleblowers want to bring out and a political bias against Donald Trump."

"The bottom line here is that whistleblowers, as Senator Grassley's office has said, that the FBI developed the scheme in August of 2020 to downplay the derogatory information of Hunter Biden basically and the investigation," said the senator.

"Whistleblowers in my office said that once the FBI got to subpoena Hunter Biden's laptop, higher-ups said you will not look at that Hunter Biden computer and then, further, that the FBI would not change the outcome of the election, you know this election again."

"So, obviously, they wanted to bury the Hunter Biden laptop," said Johnson.  "They did not want to investigate him properly. They're partisans and we need to expose all this information."

FBI Director Christopher Wray.  (Getty Images)
FBI Director Christopher Wray. (Getty Images)

He continued, "Now, the other thing that happened interestingly in August -- on August 6, 2020, this is when Senator Grassley and I both got unsolicited [FBI] briefings that were later -- that were later leaked to The Washington Post for the purpose of smearing me. So I would argue the FBI has not only interfered in the 2020 election, they've interfered in this Wisconsin U.S. Senate election by smearing me through that leak to The Washington Post.

Johnson went on to discuss how polling shows that if Americans had known about the Hunter Biden laptop prior to the 2020 election, Biden likely would have lost the race to Donald Trump. 

"[W]e've seen polling that says if the American public would have known about what was on Hunter buying's computer, Joe Biden would not be president," said Johnson.  "So there's no doubt that the FBI interfered in our election 2020 to a far greater extent than Russia ever could have hoped to achieve. But again, it's important to understand that this is being led by the FBI." (Emphasis added.)

"This is serious business," he added. "These are federal agencies with all the power of the federal government interfering in our election. It's jaw-dropping."

h/t Hannity 

Hunter Biden and President Joe Biden (D). (Screenshot)
Hunter Biden and President Joe Biden (D). (Screenshot)
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