Why Hunter Biden's conviction is being used by Rep. Tim Burchett to question 2024 election four years later

Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has been found guilty of three federal gun charges. Knoxville's Rep. Tim Burchett is using that verdict to raise questions about the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

Hours after Hunter Biden's conviction June 11, Burchett asked the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability to investigate whether U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other intelligence officials interfered in the 2020 election.

As a Trump vs. Biden rematch is on the horizon, Burchett is echoing claims from Donald Trump and his followers alleging fraud in their 2020 race for the presidency. Those claims have been widely refuted by lawsuits, recounts, forensic audits and even partisan reviews.

Burchett's request for an investigation of Blinken references the laptop used to help convict Hunter Biden.

What happened with Hunter Biden's laptop in 2020?

The phrase "Hunter Biden's laptop" probably sounds familiar.

In October 2020, the New York Post published a story accusing Hunter Biden of taking advantage of his father's position as vice president. Their evidence? Emails from the laptop provided to the Post by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

At the center of the story, which has largely been debunked, were allegations that Joe Biden intervened in Ukraine while he was vice president to help Hunter Biden, who was a board member on Ukrainian energy company Burisma. The conspiracy alleged Joe Biden tried to help oust a Ukrainian prosecutor to thwart an investigation into Burisma.

Shortly after the Post article was released, 51 U.S. intelligence officials signed onto a letter expressing their suspicion that the evidence given to The Post was part of a "Russian information operation" to discredit Joe Biden.

Information from the laptop also has contributed to impeachment inquiries of President Biden, but committees have not yet found wrongdoing. The White House has dismissed those investigations as a partisan effort against the president.

What happened with Hunter Biden's laptop in 2024?

While the laptop heard 'round the world didn't stop his father from winning the election in 2020, it did help convict Hunter Biden of felony gun charges June 11, 2024.

The 54-year old businessman and attorney's conviction came after a plea deal fell apart in July 2023 that could have resolved gun and taxes charges without prison time. Hunter Biden still faces another federal trial starting Sept. 5 in California for allegedly avoiding taxes.

The laptop revealed photos of Hunter Biden using drugs, naked and engaged in intimate relations with other adults. That's the evidence that prosecutors used to convict him of lying about his drug use at the time he bought a weapon.

Why does Burchett want an investigation?

Burchett is alleging 51 intelligence officials interfered with the 2020 election by signing onto that public letter discrediting the laptop, and says Blinken “played a role in the inception” of the public letter, referencing testimony from former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell.

Blinken was working on Biden's campaign at the time.

Since material from the laptop was used by the Department of Justice to convict Hunter Biden in 2024, Burchett argues Blinken and intelligence officials misled Americans by discrediting it in 2020.

But the intelligence letter does not address the content eventually used in the 2024 trial, only the conspiracy made popular by Trump and Giuliani.

“If this isn't election interference, then I don't know what is,” Burchett said in a statement. "We don't give our intelligence community all these taxpayer dollars for them to undermine our democratic process. Getting them in the room would be a start, but what they really need is a litmus test so we can see where their allegiance stands."

It's unclear whether Burchett's letter will initiate an investigation. Staff from the House Oversight Committee June 12 declined to comment on Burchett's letter, referring Knox News to the committee's website in the event they release a statement.

Burchett voted to overturn the 2020 election

This isn't the first time Burchett has cast doubt on the 2020 election.

He voted with 147 other congressional Republicans to overturn Biden's 2020 win on Jan. 6, 2021. He rejected electoral college results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, which have since been determined to be accurate.

"Article II of the Constitution gives state legislatures the sole authority to determine how electors are chosen from their respective states, not attorneys general, not governors, not the courts, and certainly not county-level election officials," he said in a January 2021 statement.

Letter accompanied Resolution

Burchett also submitted a resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives condemning members of the intelligence community for signing onto the letter. He once again accused them of interfering with the 2020 election.

Allie Feinberg reports on politics for Knox News. Email her: allie.feinberg@knoxnews.com and follow her on X, formerly known as Twitter, @alliefeinberg.

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This article originally appeared on Knoxville News Sentinel: How Hunter Biden conviction plays into Tim Burchett 2020 fraud claims

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