After days of attacks by Republicans, documents surrounding the case were unsealed; these documents showed why the raid took place and what was retrieved by FBI agents (top-secret documents taken from the White House). Attacks largely died down in the wake of these revelations, but now they’re ratcheting back up after Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent comments regarding the FBI and the Hunter Biden laptop story.
On a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Mark Zuckerberg stated that in the leadup to the 2020 elections, the FBI approached his company, Facebook, now Meta (NASDAQ: META), to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story for national defense reasons. Zuckerberg said that they sent the story for fact-checking, which slowed the spread of the news, but that it ultimately did not censor posts about the scandal.
Former President Donald Trump responded to Zuckerberg’s claim predictably: claiming a double standard between his treatment and Hunter Biden’s treatment by the FBI. Continuing his long-standing theme, he accused the FBI of committing “massive fraud and election interference” by attempting to censor the laptop story. Trump’s claiming the story turned the election in Joe Biden’s favor and is demanding he either be immediately declared the rightful winner or a new election be held.
While neither of his requests will affect the 2020 election, Trump is likely hoping it will help sway the 2022 and 2024 elections. If he can convince voters that the FBI is a tool for the Democrats to suppress political opposition, it will go a long way to avoiding a replay of 2020.
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Trump is also likely hoping Zuckerberg’s claim will help him with his current legal troubles surrounding the raid. He can turn around whatever the case results in by claiming that the deep state targeted him. While it likely won’t help with any possible legal repercussions, playing the martyr would likely draw more supporters to his cause.
One thing is for sure: this new controversy will surely draw engagement on social media sites like Facebook, which Zuckerberg likely had in mind all along.
Shares of Meta last traded at $163.35 per share, up +3.94% on the day. YTD, META stock is down -51.75%.
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