Business Insider reported, the [NY Post] story featured numerous holes and red flags:
- The Post learned of the purported emails from the former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and obtained them from Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
- The story cited an unidentified computer-repair-shop owner as originally obtaining the emails last year after an unidentified person dropped off a water-damaged laptop with a Beau Biden Foundation sticker on it but never picked it up.
- The shop owner is said to have made a copy of the hard drive and given it to Giuliani's lawyer in December before turning the material over to federal authorities, the article said.
- Business Insider identified the owner as John Paul Mac Isaac, an avid Trump supporter and conspiracy theorist who could not recall the timeline of events laid out in the Post's story, for which he was a primary source.
- The Post recycled numerous false claims about the Bidens' connection to Burisma that have been amplified by Trump and those around him, despite their being debunked.
Even a cursory examination of this story suggests a clumsy, politically-motivated forgery, whether linked to Russian disinformation, the product of a political crackpot with computer skills, a Trump campaign operation, or some combination of the former three.
We already know which Americans engaged in political corruption in Ukraine. There was plenty of credible testimony exposing Trump's Ukraine corruption presented at Trump's impeachment trial, even if Americans who live in a Murdoch-Limbaugh-extremist-right-wing-blog fantasy bubble remain clueless.
If Biden is elected, this will be one more area for an honest AG to investigate.