Casting doubt on Hunter Biden’s laptop, MSNBC pundit Jeremy Bash tapped the WH intelligence panel
A former intelligence official and MSNBC pundit who falsely claimed Hunter Biden’s laptop could be Russian disinformation has been appointed to a White House panel offering national intelligence advice to the president.
The appointment of Jeremy Bash, a former CIA chief of staff during the Obama presidency, to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board was announced by the Biden administration on Friday.
Bash secured the new role despite signing a letter ahead of the 2020 election along with 50 other former Secret Service employees that cast doubt on the Post’s exposure of Hunter Biden’s laptop and insisted the computer’s contents were “the classic has characteristics of a Russian information operation”.
The letter was written in mid-October, weeks before the election between Biden and ex-President Trump – and after The Post published their first story about Biden’s son. More than a year later, both the New York Times and the Washington Post reported that the emails on the laptop were legitimate and confirmed that Hunter Biden was under federal investigation for tax fraud.
The post’s scoop was also temporarily censored on social media platforms following its release.
This month, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who hosts Joe Rogan on his show, admitted he regretted suppressing the story after the FBI contacted the social media company over possible “Russian propaganda” related to the 2020 presidential election had contacted.
Trump commented on Zuckerberg’s comments on his own social media app on Monday.
The White House praised Bash in his announcement for his roles at the CIA and the Department of Defense and his numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including chief counsel of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
“He is a recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Clandestine Service’s Donovan Award, the CIA Director’s Award and the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Public Service Medal,” the White House said, noting that he is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law.
Bash, currently executive director of Beacon Global Strategies, has appeared frequently on MSNBC and NBC News as a national security analyst and rose to prominence during the Trump years.
The Advisory Board consists of up to 16 members and is an independent element of the White House.
The panel “exists solely to assist the President in providing the President with an independent source of advice on the effectiveness of the intelligence community in meeting the nation’s intelligence needs and the power and insight with which the community plans for the future.” , it says the white house.