Ron Johnson Report a Hatchet Job?
Media condemn report on Hunter Biden for proving "no evidence of wrongdoing."
Wisconsin’s Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson released a report today by the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee that dug around for dirt on Democratic candidate Joe Biden‘s son Hunter Biden and came up with nothing.
“The probe was launched despite no evidence of any wrongdoing by Hunter Biden ever being established,” as the Daily Beast noted, and proceeded to find “No Evidence,” the New York Times headline declared. The report “appeared to be little more than a rehashing of unproven allegations,” the story noted. The “87-page document… contained no evidence that the former vice president improperly manipulated American policy toward Ukraine or committed any other misdeed.”
The report “is largely a compilation of previously public information, some of it… by witnesses who already testified during the House’s impeachment inquiry last year — as well as news articles and strongly worded insinuations with little evidence to back them up,” a story in Politico concludes.
The report was “a hatchet job,” the Daily Beast declared and “doesn’t back up Trump’s actual conspiracy theory” on Hunter Biden “or anything close to it”, the headline of the Washington Post story announced. The report “is perhaps most notable for what it doesn’t show — specifically, anything to back up the conspiracy theory which spurred this whole saga,” the story concluded.
The star witness in the report was supposed to be George Kent, a top State Department official, but as a second Washington Post story reported, Kent “knocked down every key pillar of the GOP story line” in his testimony to the committee.
The timing of the report, just six weeks before the election, was also noted and criticized by the media.
“Obviously, it is the province of campaigns and political parties’ opposition research, the media, to carry out political endeavors, to learn about or dust up one’s opponent. But it’s not the legitimate role of government or Congress, or for taxpayer expense to be used in an effort to damage political opponents.”
The Biden campaign had earlier changed that Johnson “could be at the receiving end of a pipeline of disinformation that originates in Russia.” In response to release of the report, Andrew Bates, a spokesperson for the campaign, accused Johnson of subsidizing “a foreign attack against the sovereignty of our elections with taxpayer dollars” by promulgating “a long-disproved hard-core right wing conspiracy theory.”
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