Josh Marshall on the “chain of custody” of the laptop featured in a New York Post story that Rudy Giuliani is trying to make happen today:
Right on time we seem to have our first Giuliani-linked foreign intelligence drops into the 2020 campaign. The New York Post ran a story today purporting to suggest Hunter Biden had introduced a Burisma colleague to his father in 2015. They appear to all be from the Ukrainian colleague thanking Biden for purportedly making the introduction.
I should note that the purported blockbuster only really amounts to anything of consequence inside the maze of Ukraine conspiracy theories but I want to focus on the alleged chain of custody. We’re told that an unidentified computer store owner had someone bring in three computers for data recovery. He/she thinks but can’t confirm that that person was Hunter Biden. They seem to base this on a Beau Biden Foundation sticker on one of the laptops. The unidentified computer store owner says the hard drives were subpoenaed by the FBI. But before turning over the drives he made his own copies of their contents and then gave a copy to Rudy Giuliani.
According to the Post, Giuliani gave the Post a copy after being alerted to their existence by Steve Bannon.
It’s about as absurd a tale as you’d imagine, given the story’s sources. The whole thing sounds like a “Plan C” that Rudy and Trump pulled out of their asses when the much-hyped Durham investigation and “unmasking” probe failed to pan out. [sad trombone]
Naturally, The Times’ crack Beltway squad amplified it. Things are going to get even stupider before this is all over with, aren’t they? Open thread.