Courtesy of NYT:
Former President Barack Obama’s office called Senate Republicans’ investigation into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son’s activities in Ukraine an effort “to give credence to a Russian disinformation campaign” in a letter Mr. Obama’s office sent to the National Archives.
The letter represents Mr. Obama’s strongest reaction to date to Republican efforts to investigate unsubstantiated claims that Ukraine and not Russia interfered to help President Trump win the 2016 election.
The letter, first reported Tuesday by Buzzfeed News, came in response to a November request from Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa for records of White House meetings “between and among Obama administration officials, Ukrainian government representatives, and Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials.”
Mr. Johnson is chairman of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Mr. Grassley leads the Senate Finance Committee. Their request came at the beginning of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry of President Trump and was part of their effort to prove the unfounded theory, backed by Russia, Mr. Trump and other Trump-allied Republicans, that it was Ukraine and not Russia that interfered in the 2016 election.
Obama’s office was not wrong, this is exactly what the Kremlin was hoping Donald Trump the Republicans would latch onto in order to discredit Joe Biden.
Not to mention that investigations here in the US had already discredited that conspiracy theory.
And the lady from Obama’s office wrote that in her response:
“The request for early release of presidential records in order to give credence to a Russian disinformation campaign — one that has already been thoroughly investigated by a bipartisan congressional committee — is without precedent,” Ms. Decker Breckenridge wrote. “This use of the special access process serves no legitimate purpose, and does not outweigh or justify infringing confidentiality interests that all presidents have sought to protect.”
It should be noted that Obama’s office did in fact comply with the request, and as we now know nothing ever came of it.
Maybe that’s why Trump’s supporters have now been trying to link Biden and his son to China?
And I would not be at all surprised if that was not being directed by the Kremlin as well.