The FBI is investigating emails published by the New York Post related to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, is involved in a possible Russian influence operation to spread disinformation, according to a person familiar with the matter. The newspaper said in its story on Wednesday that she had received a hard drive from Rudy Giuliani with the emails, and that the messages were found on a laptop that had been left at a computer repair shop in Delaware for servicing last year, but never picked up.
The unlikely account of how the emails surfaced immediately raised questions about Russian involvement, especially as US officials have warned that Russia – which supported Trump’s 2016 campaign through hacking and a covert social media campaign – interferes again this year. The episode is being investigated as part of a possible Russian influence operation, according to a person familiar with the case who, on condition of anonymity, spoke to The Associated Press to discuss an ongoing case. It underscores the degree to which Giuliani, through his activities, poses a risk to a White House overshadowed for years by a federal investigation into whether Trump employees coordinated with Russia.
The authenticity of the emails remained unclear as of Friday, including whether they were hacked or potentially faked 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. ” An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment on Friday, citing the agency’s practice of not confirming or denying investigations. NBC News was the first to report the FBI’s investigation.
- The episode is being investigated as part of a possible Russian influence operation, according to a person familiar with the case who, on condition of anonymity, spoke to The Associated Press to discuss an ongoing case.
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