Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida isn’t done with the Hunter Biden laptop story yet. Following the long-delayed admission of the New York Times that the story was absolutely real, Gaetz has once again entered a resolution for the consideration of the House. In what has been dubbed “The Spook Who Cried Wolf” resolution, Gaetz isn’t going after Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, or any of their business associates in China, Ukraine, or elsewhere. He is calling out the 51 “security experts” and intelligence officials who all signed a letter on October 19, 2020, stating that the emails were most likely “Russian disinformation,” suggesting that it was all part of some dirty trick being played by the Bad Orange Man or his henchmen. Gaetz wants it to be resolved that none of the 51 of them should ever hold a security clearance again based on what clearly appears to have been an effort to mislead the public only weeks before the election. A portion of a press release he sent out today reads as follows:
Today, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) will introduce the “Spook Who Cried Wolf Resolution,” a House Resolution to indefinitely bar security clearances for 51 intelligence officials who publicly signed a letter decrying the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation.
On October 19, 2020, 51 former intelligence officials signed a letter titled, “Public Statement on the Hunter Biden Emails,” which claimed Hunter Biden’s emails were a part of a “Russian information operation.” Following the censorship of the New York Post’s exposé on the emails by Big Tech and media tycoons, the New York Times confirmed the legitimacy of the emails on March 17, 2022. As of March 22, 2022, 4 of the 51 signatories maintained their support for the erroneous letter.
As Gaetz points out, some of the signatories have recently come out and amazingly stood by their original letter, despite having been proven incontrovertibly wrong. To assume that this was all some inexplicable coincidence stretches credulity beyond the limit.
You can read the full text of the resolution here at Gaetz’s congressional website. There is a lengthy list of “whereas” precursors detailing the sequence of events from the New York Post’s original bombshell (and accurate) reporting on the contents of the laptop up to the present. He includes the broader apparent media and Big Tech conspiracy, where the NY Post had their Twitter account suspended for linking to one of their own articles. On the rare occasions when anyone in the liberal media mentioned the story, it was quickly written off as either a hoax or, again, “Russian disinformation.”
The list of names of the individuals who should lose their security clearances includes some heavy hitters. You’ll see the names of Jim Clapper, Leon Panetta, John Brennan, and many others.
Gaetz has already attracted several cosponsors for the resolution, but none of them are Democrats, obviously. The list includes Louie Gohmert and Marjorie Taylor Greene, along with several more Republicans. Sadly, the odds of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats allowing this to even come up for a vote, to say nothing of passing it, are probably slim to none if there is any way for them to prevent it. This entire affair has been an incredible embarrassment to their party and the exposure they’ve received since the New York Times confirmed the story has left them squirming uncomfortably. They certainly don’t want any mention of it being made on the House floor and going into the official Congressional Record.
If Gaetz wants to put up another resolution that might actually produce some real results, I have a suggestion. The House should be resolved to encourage Elon Musk to buy Twitter and fire everyone who works there.