The FBI did not discuss the Hunter Biden investigation after it convinced Facebook to suppress stories about the laptop

Hunter Biden’s name has been raised by the FBI Meeting with Facebook Before the 2020 election, FBI agent Elvis Chan was accused of “colluding” with social media companies to suppress The Post, according to sworn testimony. Hunter Biden laptop story.

At a weekly election security meeting in October 2020, days after Big Tech censored The Post story, a Facebook representative asked Laura Demlow, head of the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force, “What can you share about the Hunter Biden case? ,” Chan Bu said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Republican attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana against the Biden administration.

Dehmlov’s response was “no comment,” Chan recalled.

“As I recall, in one meeting with Facebook after the regular agenda ended, one of the Facebook analysts asked if there was any information that the FBI could share about the Hunter Biden investigation.

“I remember Ms. Demlow saying that the FBI had no comment … She said something to the effect that the FBI had no comment.”

Under cross-examination by Missouri Attorney General John Sauer, Chan “couldn’t recall” the discussion being about a “specifically newsworthy laptop.”

Hunter Biden - Picture taken from Hunter Biden's laptop.
Hunter Biden appears at FBI meeting with Facebook.

Asked by Sauer if Dehmlow knew at the time that “the FBI had a laptop and that its contents had not been hacked,” Chan said he had “no idea.”

“I never asked him and he never told me.”

Chan also said that during weekly meetings, FBI agents raised social media companies’ “concern… about potential hacking and leaking operations” This could happen shortly before the election, “probably in October.”

But, he said, “I don’t recall ever saying ‘Hunter Biden’ in any meeting with Twitter.”

Twitter fact checker Yoel Roth appears in his Twitter profile photo.
Yoel Roth served as Twitter’s head of site integrity.

Chan’s testimony contradicted an earlier sworn statement by Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former head of site integrity, that the FBI named Hunter when it warned the company of expected “hacking and hijacking operations” ahead of the election.

In a statement to the Federal Election Commission on December 21, 2020, Roth said: “I have been informed in these meetings that the intelligence community is aware that individuals associated with political campaigns are subject to hacking attacks and that the material obtained through these hacking attacks is likely expected to be far away. can be shared on social media platforms, including Twitter … I have learned that there are also rumors that the demolition operation will involve Hunter Biden in these meetings.

Chan, who was shown a copy of Roth’s statement, said, “I would have interpreted what he said differently … I can’t read his mind, but I don’t think I remember discussing Hunter Biden in any of the meetings with Twitter, we didn’t discuss it.” “.

Former FBI attorney Kevin Klinesmith
FBI attorney Kevin Klinesmith filed the FISA court filing.

“So that would be what he thought was the problem that happened in October.”

Chan revealed that he had several private meetings with Facebook.

Chan was too Asked about Senate testimony By Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Oct 28, 2020 – Two weeks after Facebook and Twitter censored The Post.

Zuckerberg testified that the FBI had put his company on “high alert and sensitivity” ahead of the 2020 election that if a set of documents came out, we should be suspicious that it could be part of a foreign manipulation attempt. warned.

Check out the Post’s story about Hunter Biden’s laptop being censored by Twitter

Chan, who had several “one-on-one meetings” with Facebook in the weeks leading up to the 2020 election, asking how they would handle the “hack and leak operation” — said his recollection of the discussion differed from Zuckerberg’s.

“His language seems stronger than how I made it out… I don’t remember exactly, but I think what we would say is, ‘If you take a whole – if you see a potential treasure. broken material, what are you going to do about it? This means we can ask them how their terms of service handle such a situation.

In early October 2020, shortly before The Post story broke, the FBI asked Facebook and Twitter what they would do if “disruptive material” appeared on their platforms ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Both companies assured the FBI that they would “remove the infringing material if they can confirm that it was infringing,” Chan said.

Elvis Chan is an Assistant Special Agent assigned to the San Francisco FBI.
Elvis Chan had several “personal meetings” with Facebook in the weeks leading up to the 2020 election.

The FBI’s “internal discussions” about how to handle “disruptive material” on social media before the election included a plan to “determine whether we have sufficient cause to execute a seizure warrant,” Chan said.

“Another solution was to ask the company to remove the information on a contractual basis, even if it didn’t violate the terms of service.”

But Chan denied that the FBI asked the companies to take it down after The Post’s story about Hunter Biden’s laptop was published.

Former Trump national security adviser Kash Patel says Twitter’s top lawyer James Baker, who previously served as the FBI’s general counsel, is a “big problem” for Elon Musk.

Facebook parent company Meta, Suqian City, Jiangsu Province, China, November 7, 2022.
Chan was also investigated by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his Senate testimony.
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Baker, Twitter’s deputy general counsel and vice president since June 2020, is one of the few remaining members of the legal team that hasn’t been purged in the weeks since Musk bought the social media company.

“What is Elon doing? [keeping him]?” asks Patel, referring to Baker’s involvement in the debunked allegations that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

“As the attorney general of the FBI, he signed the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] Warrant to investigate Donald Trump under false pretenses.

“One of his lawyers [FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith] filed with the FISA court… He wrote the memo exonerating Hillary Clinton.

Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Washington, U.S., November 29, 2022.
According to Chan, FBI officials have warned social media organizations of “potential hacking and leaking operations.”
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Baker left the FBI in 2018 after Director Chris Ray fired him as general counsel.

“Twitter is a private company, but everyone knows this controversial figure from his time at the FBI … Elon should know that,” Patel said, asking if Musk would ever reveal the full story of how Twitter censored The Post while Baker stayed on. answered the question.

“What documents does Baker allow out the door?”

Patel said if Musk was serious about full disclosure, he would have been on Baker’s Twitter account, including his friend, former FBI director James Comey, or Joe Biden’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee, or his friend Michael He should also disclose his relationship with Sassman. Clinton’s former attorney was acquitted in May of lying to the FBI when she told Baker about fraudulent ties between Trump and Russia’s Alpha Bank.

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