Judiciary Committee Democrats Respond to Baseless Claims about Secretary Blinken
Washington, April 21, 2023
From a Judiciary Committee Spokesman:
"In an effort to smear Secretary Blinken and sensationalize a three-year-old tabloid story, Jim Jordan has released cherry-picked excerpts of a transcribed interview. To be clear, no part of that interview demonstrates that Tony Blinken or any other Biden campaign official asked Mike Morell to write a letter about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
"Mr. Morell is a former CIA Deputy Director and a highly decorated veteran of the intelligence community. For years, he has advised leaders of both parties—including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who awarded Mr. Morell a Director’s Award for distinguished service.
"At no point during his interview did Mr. Morell testify that Secretary Blinken directed or asked him to write any letters. Instead, Mr. Morell testified that Mr. Blinken sought his advice, as many others have. In response to questions posed by Chairman Jordan’s own lawyers, he testified that Mr. Blinken did not “direct, suggest, or insinuate in any way” that he should write a letter about Hunter Biden’s laptop. Nor did Mr. Blinken—then a private citizen—try to get at the letter indirectly. Mr. Morell testified that Mr. Blinken did not hint that the Biden campaign “could use some help on this” or suggest that Mr. Morell should “cook up something” that the campaign should use.
"Instead of focusing on issues that actually affect American families, Chairman Jordan is engaged in yet another political stunt. This time, he is using taxpayer resources to chase down the origins of a letter written by private citizens, expressing their private opinion, related to a story cooked up by Rudy Giuliani in the last few days of the Trump Administration."
Below are excerpts from Mr. Morell’s testimony showing that he definitively stated that Mr. Blinken never asked him to write a letter: