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FBI probing if Hunter Biden emails are part of Russian influence operation

The unlikely account of how the emails surfaced raised immediate questions about Russian involvement.

The FBI is investigating whether emails that were published by the New York Post related to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, are connected to a possible Russian influence operation to spread disinformation, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The newspaper said in its story Wednesday that it had obtained a hard drive from Rudy Giuliani containing the emails, and that the messages were found on a laptop that had been left last year at a Delaware computer repair shop for service but never retrieved.

The unlikely account of how the emails surfaced raised immediate questions about Russian involvement, particularly because U.S. officials have warned that Russia — which backed Trump’s 2016 campaign through hacking and a covert social media campaign — is interfering again this year.

The episode is being investigated as part of a possible Russian influence operation, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press to discuss an ongoing matter. It underscores the extent to which Giuliani, through his activities, is a risk to a White House that spent years shadowed by a federal investigation into whether Trump associates had coordinated with Russia.

The authenticity of the emails remained unclear as of Friday, including whether they were hacked or possibly forged or both. Giuliani did not respond to an Associated Press request for comment, but he said in a Fox News interview Friday that the material was “authentic as hell.”

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment Friday, citing the bureau’s practice of neither confirming nor denying investigations.

NBC News was the first to report the FBI’s investigation.

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Republished with permission from the Associated Press.

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  1. Sonja Fitch

    October 16, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    You might want to share “the Russia connection”. with Desantis and Gaetz! It doesn’t matter! Why? Cause Desantis and Gaetz are running high on the goptrump death cult rages! Thems just brainwashed and braindead white boys! Vote Democrat up and down ballot for the common good!

  2. Palmer Tom

    October 16, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    I was wondering the same thing. There just doesn’t seem to be any real connection to facts.

  3. Myestro

    October 17, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Sonja your blatantly racist comments have no place here.

  4. James Robert Miles

    October 17, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    You need to look up racism in the dictionary because you don’t have a clue!! Get rid of racism and hatred in America! Get rid of TRUMP in 2020!!

  5. Tammy

    October 18, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Russia made me do it….where do we get shirts made?

    You people are ridiculous. The FBI has had this laptop for over a year, the computer guy ( nice Russian name, John Paul) and there is proof it is authentic.

    The media will never recover. They spent years pushing a fake Russian narrative they still work to convince their gullible readers had truth in it…they helped with the impeachment lies accusing Trump of doing what the BIDENS truly did (no doubt in order to stop them from looking at the Ukraine connection further)

    AND

    Joe hasn’t denounced it. And why should he when the media is there to do his bidding for him?

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