This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
A Media Research Center poll after the 2020 election found more than one-third of self-described Biden voters were not aware of the evidence contained in the laptop computer abandoned by Hunter Biden at a repair shop that Joe Biden was involved in Hunter's international dealings.
That laptop detailed multiple scandals for the family, including huge payments from sources in Russia and China.
And the poll showed 2.4% of all Biden voters, had they known, would not have voted for him.
That makes it likely that Joe Biden if the truth had been freely reported, would have lost the 2020 election.
Now that is exactly what U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., is contending.
"Would Joe Biden be the president United States if there hadn't been the laptop coverup?" he asked in an interview with "Just the News, No Noise." "I doubt it. Would inflation be where it is if there hadn't been a laptop coverup? I doubt it. You know, we're paying a price right now for the double standard in journalism."
Scott is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and said a key part of that laptop scheme was a letter from dozens of former intelligence officials who claimed, without evidence, that the laptop was Russian disinformation.
Of course, it has since been documented as genuine.
"I mean, the whole Russia hoax, everything they did to Donald Trump when he was president of the United States, the double standard ... is what's destroying our political system in this country," he said.
Just the News reported, "Mentioning Joe Biden's increase in wealth and son Hunter's alleged peddling of access to his father, Scott urged conservatives to have the patience to allow House GOP investigators to methodically 'expose' the Biden family business dealings 'in such a manner that even the people who like Joe Biden cannot deny the problem of the business relationships that occurred there.'"
He, and other current and former members of the committee, said there should be consequences for the security experts who signed that letter.
"Those should include a ban on serving in government or a loss of security clearances," the Just the News report said.
It was in October 2020, just before the election, when 51 of those "intelligence officers" signed a letter contending that based on their opinion, there was a suspicion that the laptop was Russian disinformation.
It wasn't. But it actually was "election interference," according to statements from President Donald Trump, and House Judiciary Committee chief Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
Scott said it would be that at a minimum.
He pointed out that there needs to be a review of who is given security clearances.
Devin Nunes, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told "Just the News, No Noise" those who signed the letter deserve to lose their security clearances.
He charged the signers "had to know it was a scam at the time."
"I've said this from day one: Anybody who signed that letter should not ever be allowed anywhere near a government job, let alone a security clearance, and I still hold to that to this day, and there's a lot of very prominent people who signed that letter that had to have known better at the time," Nunes said.
While details haven't been released, Jordan has charged that there's evidence the letter had "real connections with the Biden campaign."