Haw­ley asks May­orkas to end group con­tain­ing peo­ple who signed Hunter Biden dis­in­for­ma­tion memo

Hawley asks Mayorkas to end group containing people who signed Hunter Biden disinformation memo

Sen. Josh Haw­ley (R‑MO) demand­ed that Home­land Secu­ri­ty Sec­re­tary Ale­jan­dro May­orkas dis­band a group of “experts” that includes three peo­ple who signed a memo denounc­ing sto­ries about Hunter Biden’s lap­top as Russ­ian dis­in­for­ma­tion.
In a let­ter sent to May­orkas on Thurs­day, Haw­ley ques­tioned the “Home­land Intel­li­gence Experts Group’s” cred­i­bil­i­ty, giv­en their faulty track record. The group was formed last week and is intend­ed to meet four times per year to pro­vide insight on issues such as the fen­tanyl epi­dem­ic, ter­ror­ism, and the bor­der.

Sen. Josh Haw­ley (R‑MO) walks on Capi­tol Hill on Thurs­day, Sept. 21, 2023, in Wash­ing­ton.
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“I will con­tin­ue to oppose this Admin­is­tra­tion’s appar­ent efforts to under­mine pro­tect­ed speech. There­fore, I urge you to imme­di­ate­ly ter­mi­nate this so-called ‘Intel­li­gence Experts Group,’ ” Haw­ley wrote.
Haw­ley claimed in his let­ter that mem­bers John Bren­nan, James Clap­per, and Paul Kolbe all signed the Octo­ber 2020 let­ter that declared the Hunter Biden lap­top sto­ry to be Russ­ian dis­in­for­ma­tion.
“This was a clear attempt to aid then-can­di­date Joe Biden. Recent inves­ti­ga­tions have revealed text mes­sages and emails that cor­rob­o­rate the cor­rupt intent behind the letter’s pub­li­ca­tion,” said Haw­ley.
He added, “It is there­fore baf­fling that your Depart­ment would regard these indi­vid­u­als as hav­ing any remain­ing cred­i­bil­i­ty with respect to intel­li­gence mat­ters.”
Haw­ley then went so far as to spec­u­late the pur­pose of the group was to cen­sor speech unfa­vor­able to the Biden admin­is­tra­tion a …