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Supporters of Joe Biden’s campaign have made much of a letter signed by 50 former intelligence officials declaring that the Hunter Biden email story “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian disinformation operation.”

However, the signatories, including former Obama officials who peddled the now-debunked Trump-Russia collusion claim, admit they don’t know whether or not the emails initially reported by the New York Post are authentic, and they have no evidence of Russian involvement.

They base their case, instead, on four disputable points: that the Russians want Trump to win, it’s consisent with the Russian tactic of hacking emails, the Russians hacked Burisma emails last year, and the Washington Post reports U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was the target of an influence operation by Russian intelligence.”

Some critics of the Hunter Biden story have argued that if true, it’s only about the Democratic nominee’s beleagured son. But the emails indicate Joe Biden was selling U.S. foreign policy through his son and keeping a cut of the profits.

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