As new reports of corruption involving various members of former Vice President Joe Biden’s family surface, top media outlets are claiming Russian intelligence services are attempting to derail his 2020 presidential campaign.
Earlier this month, major media outlets reported that a cybersecurity firm discovered Russian military operatives hacked into Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, the company at the center of the Democrat impeachment drive against President Donald Trump.
The alleged Russian hackers “could be searching for potentially embarrassing material on the Bidens” The New York Times recently reported, citing findings announced by cybersecurity firm Area 1.
Burisma paid the former VP’s son, Hunter Biden, tens of thousands of dollars per month to serve as a board member as Joe Biden boasted on video that he personally threatened to withhold loan guarantees from the Ukrainian government unless a prosecutor investigating Burisma was removed.
That prosecutor was fired following Biden’s request.
Following reporting by the Times and other major outlets, leading congressional Democrats jumped on the storyline as an attempt to downplay legitimate questions about both Bidens, Burisma, and Ukraine, to claim that the Kremlin was trying to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election.
In comments about the alleged hack, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) claimed it “certainly looks like” the Russians are “at it again with an eye toward helping this president. We all have to denounce any further meddling in our elections.”
Media reports failed to mention, however, that Area 1 — the only firm to report the alleged Russian hack of Burisma — was founded by a top employee from CrowdStrike, the third-party company the Democratic National Committee hired to conclude that Russia hacked its servers in 2016.
The DNC repeatedly refused requests for assistance from the FBI’s cyber-forensics team to examine the political organization’s servers.
The Times reported that the alleged Russian hackers may have been seeking “the same kind of information that Mr. Trump wanted from Ukraine when he pressed for an investigation of the Bidens and Burisma, setting off a chain of events that led to his impeachment.”
In a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump offered the services of Attorney General William Barr and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to assist Kiev in researching alleged corruption involving the Bidens and Burisma, as well as other Ukrainian connections.
But according to House impeachment testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, President Trump expressly rejected any “quid pro quo” from Ukraine and said he wanted “nothing” from that government.
Democrats allege the president withheld military aid from Ukraine while demanding Kiev investigate the Bidens.
The Office of Management and Budget, which is in charge of dispersing foreign aid, refuted allegations that Trump broke any laws by temporarily withholding the aid.