'They lied': Claudia Tenney garners support as she calls for prosecution of 51 intel officials over alleged Hunter Biden laptop cover-up

'They lied': Claudia Tenney garners support as she calls for prosecution of 51 intel officials over alleged Hunter Biden laptop cover-up
Republican lawmaker Claudia Tenney has spoken out against a group of intelligence officials who signed a letter aiming to discredit the Hunter Biden laptop story (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC: Representative Claudia Tenney (R-NY) has taken a strong stance against a group of intelligence officials who signed a letter aiming to discredit the Hunter Biden laptop story shortly before the 2020 election.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Tenney argued that these officials, often referred to as "The 51", should face legal repercussions. She stated, "The 51 should all be prosecuted for knowingly pushing a false statement. See 18 USC § 1001, it's a felony crime to: make a ‘false statement’ to an agent of the federal government related to a federal matter."



 

The controversial letter by 51 intel officers

"The 51" refers to former high-ranking intelligence officials who signed a letter suggesting that the Hunter Biden laptop story, which emerged just weeks before the 2020 election via a New York Post report, bore the hallmarks of a Russian disinformation campaign.

The letter was subsequently used by President Joe Biden during a debate with then-president Donald Trump to dismiss concerns about the laptop. It was later confirmed that the laptop was genuine and was eventually used as evidence in Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial.



 

Following the trial, Fox News contacted the 51 signatories to inquire if they regretted signing the letter, given the laptop's confirmed authenticity. Former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper responded with a simple "No."

Greg Treverton, a former chair of the National Intelligence Council and one of the signatories, also stood by the letter, stating, "This is very old news. What we said was true, we were inferring from our experience, and it did look like a Russian operation. We didn't, and couldn't of course say it was a Russian operation. Enough said."

Attorney Mark S Zaid, representing seven of the signatories—Ronald Marks, Marc Polymeropoulos, Douglas Wise, Paul Kolbe, John Sipher, Emile Nakhleh, and Gerald O’Shea—defended the letter as a "patriotic" act.

He stated, "A careful and objective reading of the document reflects that even today its content is accurate. It served as nothing more than a warning letter of what we have known for decades: certain foreign governments – including Russia – continue to try and actively interfere in our domestic affairs and our guard must remain vigilant. Every patriotic American should have signed that letter."

Tenney, however, views the actions of the 51 signatories differently. She believes they should be prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. § 1001.

This statute states that anyone within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the US government who "falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact," or "makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation," or "makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry," could face fines or a prison sentence of up to five years.

It's worth noting that the list of signatories includes former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper, and many other high-ranking intelligence officials. 



 

Social media echoes Claudia Tenney's stance 

The controversy has sparked significant reaction on social media, with many people echoing Rep Claudia Tenney's call for prosecution of the 51 intelligence officers.

"Hell yes they better be! They lied to plant Joe," one social media wrote on X.

"This absolutely needs to happen. NO MORE Two Tier Justice !!!!" another added.

"Remove their security clearances," someone else insisted.

"While they should be in prison for election interference, it was a carefully worded letter to dodge accountability and provide the liberal legacy media with another propaganda tool," read a comment.

"It was POLITICAL INTERFERENCE in an election," another offered.



 



 



 



 



 

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