Former vice president claims Russia is behind damaging Hunter Biden reports
Former Vice President Joe Biden has claimed, without evidence, that damaging news reports about his son’s alleged corruption are “Russian disinformation,” despite Hunter Biden himself confirming he is under federal investigation.
Biden made the remarks at the end of a press conference on Tuesday following repeated questions on the subject from reporters.
The ex-VP said he believes that Russia is behind the negative news reports about Hunter Biden which he claims are part of a “smear campaign,” even after his son confirmed otherwise.
“Mr. President-Elect, on Russian disinformation,” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy began as Biden started to leave the podium.
“Mr. President-Elect, do you still think that the stories from the fall about your son Hunter were Russian disinformation and a smear campaign like you said?”
“Yes. Yes. Yes. God love you man,” Biden responded.
“You’re a one-horse pony, I’ll tell you,” Biden added.
“Thank you. Thank you,” he continued.
“I promise you my Justice Department will be totally on its own making its judgments about how they should proceed.”
Joe Biden still insists the investigation into Hunter Biden is Russian disinformation.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 22, 2020
News broke in mid-October about emails that were found on a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden.
Hunter Biden has never denied being the owner of the computer.
The contents of the laptop shined a light on Hunter Biden’s shady foreign business deals and raised new questions about Joe Biden’s claims that he never spoke to his son about his business dealings.
Social media companies rushed to slow down the spread of the story — a strategy which backfired to an extent — and many mainstream news organizations either ignored reporting on it or ran stories suggesting that the reports were part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
Top officials pushed back on the claim that the stories were part of a Russian disinformation campaign and mainstream news organizations have since started to cover the story now that the election is over, according to The Daily Wire.
Part of the news cycle of damaging stories on Hunter Biden before the election were reports from Fox News and Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Both Fix and Sinclaire alleged that Hunter Biden was caught up in a criminal investigation surrounding his financial dealings and that involved his alleged laptop.
EXCLUSIVE: Tony Bobulinski tells @WeAreSinclair he was questioned by six @FBI agents, with counsel present, for five hours on October 23, listing him as a “material witness” in an ongoing investigation focused on Hunter Biden and his associates. His cell phones were examined. pic.twitter.com/5lPzRTREJN
— James Rosen (@JamesRosenTV) October 29, 2020
Earlier this month, Hunter Biden revealed that he was under federal criminal investigation over his financial dealings, specifically his taxes.
Subsequent reports from CNN and Politico revealed that the criminal investigation was likely more expansive than just Hunter Biden’s taxes and may be focused on his foreign business dealings, specifically with China.
CNN’s report said that authorities were investigating “multiple financial issues” including whether Hunter Biden “violated tax and money laundering laws in business dealings in foreign countries, principally China.”
Politico’s report suggested that Biden’s brother, James Biden, was also tied up in a separate federal criminal investigation related to a hospital company.
NBC News reported earlier this month that a business partner of Hunter Biden warned Hunter Biden that he had not reported hundreds of thousands of dollars in income that he had made from his foreign business dealings.
Joe Biden’s remarks on Tuesday appear to reference more than just the New York Post’s reports and include the reports about his son being under criminal investigation because he referenced his future Department of Justice.
The fact that Joe Biden gets to appoint an attorney general has set off alarm bells among many who worry that Joe Biden’s pick may interfere in the ongoing investigation to help out his son.