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Biden cuts off reporter, lashes out when confronted with question about Hunter Biden controversy

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was confronted about the Hunter Biden email controversy over the weekend, and the former vice president responded by once again snapping at the reporter who questioned him.

Biden was first questioned about the growing controversy by CBS News campaign reporter Bo Erickson just days after it began. At the time, Biden responded by calling the story a “smear campaign” before scolding Erickson for questioning him.

“I knew you’d ask it. I have no response, it’s another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask,” Biden said.

What happened this time?

During a campaign stop in Pennsylvania on Saturday, a reporter attempted to ask Biden about the story — but Biden cut off the reporter, lashing out before the reporter could even finish his question.

“There is no controversy about my son,” Biden claimed. “It’s all a lie. It’s a flat lie because the president has nothing else to run on. If you noticed, while the American people are talking about what’s happening to their families, he has no plan, and at the debate, he has no plan. Everything from the Wall Street Journal, every other major news outlet has said what he’s saying is simply not true about my son.”

“But it’s classic Trump, classic Trump,” Biden continued. “Because he doesn’t want to talk about how manufacturing has gone into recession, how our economy’s in a hole, how we’re approaching a bleak winter. It’s estimated 200,000 more people will die of COVID if we don’t act more rapidly in terms of dealing with rational basis of social distancing, wearing masks, etc.”

“And what’s he do? He’s going around the country holding these great spreaders of more virus,” Biden added. “So, he has nothing to say. Think about it: What is his plan for the next four years, except more of the same? Failure.”

Despite calling the stories a “lie,” neither Biden nor his campaign have pushed back against the material facts asserted in the Hunter Biden email stories.

Meanwhile, Democrats maintain the stories are part of a Russian propaganda campaign meant to disrupt the election. However, top intelligence officials have rebuffed such claims.

In fact, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe revealed last Monday that there is no evidence to support Democrats’ claims.

“Let me be clear, the intelligence community doesn’t believe that, because there’s no intelligence that supports that, and we have shared no intelligence with Chairman Schiff or any other member of Congress that Hunter Biden’s laptop is part of some Russian disinformation campaign — it’s simply not true,” Ratcliffe said.

As TheBlaze reported, the Justice Department and FBI concur with Ratcliffe’s assessment: The Hunter Biden stories are not Russian propaganda.

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Joe Biden leaves no room to backtrack, denies Hunter Biden made money from business deals with Chinese associates

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden unequivocally denied that his son Hunter Biden made money from a foreign business deal involving China during Thursday evening’s final presidential debate.

As President Donald Trump went on the offensive bringing up allegations that the former vice president knew about his son Hunter’s foreign business deals despite his multiple claims to the contrary, Biden forcefully claimed he has never received money from any foreign source.

“I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life,” Biden said.

Responding to a question from moderator NBC News’ Kristen Welker on whether Hunter Biden’s involvement with Chinese and Ukrainian energy companies was “unethical,” Biden deflected and pointed the question back on Trump.

“Nothing was unethical,” Biden answered. “With regard to Ukraine, we had this whole question about whether or not, because he was on the board I later learned of Burisma, a company, that somehow I had done something wrong. Yet every single solitary person when he was going through [Trump’s] impeachment testifying under oath who worked for him said I did my job impeccably. I carried out U.S. policy. Not one single, solitary thing was out of line.

“The guy who got in trouble in Ukraine was this guy trying to bribe the Ukrainian government to say something negative about me, which they would not do and did not do because it never, ever, ever happened,” Biden said, referring to Trump.

Biden accused Trump of being the one benefiting from foreign governments, citing a recent report from The New York Times that Trump had a bank account opened in China.

Trump kept up the attack, however, noting that Hunter Biden was appointed to the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while Joe Biden served as vice president despite having little experience in that field.

“He’s the vice president of the United States and his son, his brother and his other brother are getting rich. They’re like a vacuum cleaner,” Trump said.

Questions abound over allegations that Biden’s family leveraged his position as vice president to make financially beneficial business deals with foreign entities. Emails purportedly retrieved from a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden indicate that the Biden family pursued “lasting and lucrative” deals with a Chinese energy company that had ties to the communist Chinese government.

The existence of the laptop was first reported by The New York Post, which cited former Trump campaign adviser Steve Bannon and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani as the sources for its story.

At the debate, Biden criticized Giuliani, saying “he’s being used as a Russian pawn” and accusing the content of this laptop of being Russian disinformation.

Leaving no room to backtrack, Biden explicitly denied that his son made money from a business deal with Chinese associates.

“My son has not made money in terms of, this thing about, what are you talking about, China,” Biden said.

Earlier Thursday, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, Tony Bobulinski, held a news conference accusing Joe Biden of falsely stating that he had no knowledge of Hunter’s business deals and of being directly involved in those foreign business dealings.

Bobulinski claims that the email reported by the New York Post is “genuine” and that he has “emails, Whats App chats, agreements, documents, and other evidence” to support his claims, evidence that he has turned over to the FBI. He is also working with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee in their investigation of Hunter Biden’s foreign business activities.

If Bobulinski’s side of the story is true, it means Joe Biden lied to the American people at the debate.

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Fox News host backs Biden surrogate into corner over Hunter Biden stories, forcing her to make admission

Fox News host Leland Vittert grilled Biden campaign surrogate Jenna Arnold over the explosive Hunter Biden email stories on Sunday, eventually backing Arnold into a corner over her own spin.

In the end, Vittert forced Arnold into making a revealing admission.

What happened?

The contentious segment began with Joe Biden’s own words last October, when he claimed he never discussed his son’s overseas business dealings. That claim was disputed last week by numerous stories related to emails and a computer hard drive allegedly connected to Hunter Biden.

Arnold began by claiming that “so much of this is unconfirmed.”

“Jenna, it’s real simple. You say it’s unconfirmed. Tell us what parts are not true,” Vittert shot back. “Hunter Biden knows what emails he has and hasn’t sent. Are you saying, and the campaign saying, that these emails aren’t his?”

What ensued was more than two minutes of spin by the Biden campaign surrogate.

“It’s unclear to me — I would say that what’s so important right now, from both the American citizen and the media — yourself included, Leland — is to continue to ask clarifying questions about this, why the FBI is investigating —” Arnold said before Vittert interjected. “It’s imperative to note that the NSA told Trump that Giuliani was being played by these emails.”

“But again,” Vittert responded, as the two talked over one another. “Again, Jenna, Jenna, Jenna. The easiest thing in the world to do: Stop with all the obfuscation. The easiest thing in the world to do would be to say, ‘These aren’t Hunter Biden’s emails.’ Nobody, including Hunter Biden, and including the campaign, has said it.”

After back-and-forth over Biden’s one response to the Hunter Biden email controversy — in which Biden attacked the CBS News reporter who questioned him — Arnold attempted to divert the conversation to talk about China and the coronavirus pandemic instead.

But Vittert shot her down.

“I’m so confused. What’s interesting is I feel like you still haven’t answered the fundamental question, which is: Can anyone say that these emails are inauthentic? And so far, I haven’t heard anybody say that,” Vittert said.

Shockingly, Arnold then admitted, “I think that’s fair. I don’t think anybody is saying they are inauthentic.”

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Anything else?

It is true that the Biden campaign has not denied a single material fact revealed in the explosive Hunter Biden email stories from last week.

Meanwhile, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe revealed Monday that the stories are not part of a Russian disinformation campaign, as top Democrats are claiming.

“Let me be clear, the intelligence community doesn’t believe that, because there’s no intelligence that supports that,” Ratcliffe said of Democrats’ claims.

“Hunter Biden’s laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign.”

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Top Democrats construct narrative to explain away explosive Biden stories: ‘Russian propaganda’

As scrutiny around Hunter Biden intensifies following bombshell stories stemming from a hard drive that allegedly belonged to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, top Democratic leaders are coalescing around a narrative to explain away the explosive stories.

What’s the background?

Controversy erupted Wednesday when the New York Post reported evidence that Biden, during his tenure as vice president, met with a top executive from Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company, while Hunter Biden was working there.

The Post explained the evidence — in this case, an email — was from a hard drive that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden. The Post obtained a copy of the hard drive through Rudy Giuliani, after hearing about the existence of the hard drive from Steve Bannon.

Giuliani reportedly received a copy of the hard drive through his lawyer, who was given a copy by the owner of a Delaware-based computer repair shop. That owner made copies of the hard drive after the owner of the computer containing the hard drive dropped off the computer at his shop in April 2019, but never retrieved it. The FBI eventually seized the computer and hard drive last December, according to the Post.

What are Democrats saying?

According to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), the stories are misinformation planted by the Russians.

“Joe Biden — and all of us — SHOULD be furious that media outlets are spreading what is very likely Russian propaganda,” Murphy said on Saturday.

In fact, Murphy claimed Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, was essentially recruited by the Kremlin to spread “anti-Biden propaganda.”

“Russia knew it had to play a different game than 2016. So it built an operation to cull virulently pro-Trump Americans as pseudo-assets, so blind in their allegiance to Trump that they’ll willingly launder Kremlin constructed anti-Biden propaganda,” he claimed. “Guiliani was a key target.”

Murphy added, “Whether he knows it or not, Giuliani is effectively a Russian asset now.”

Despite claiming to have “seen the intel,” the only evidence that Murphy used to back his claims were two media stories, one from the Washington Post and another from CNN.

The Post’s story claims, “White House was warned Giuliani was target of Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump.” However, the story mentions in the opening paragraph that it is sourced only by “four former officials familiar with the matter.”

Meanwhile, Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, made the exact same claim in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

“Well, we know that this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin. That’s been clear for well over a year now that they’ve been pushing this false narrative about the vice president and his son,” Schiff said.

He added, “But I guess at this point we can’t be shocked by anything this administration does, no matter how craven. But, clearly, the origins of this whole smear are from the Kremlin, and the president is only too happy to have Kremlin help and try to amplify it.”

Later, Schiff implicated President Donald Trump.

“Well, look, I think we know who the driving force behind this smear has been all along and it’s been the president and the Kremlin. The Kremlin has an obvious interest in denigrating Joe Biden. They want Donald Trump to win,” he said. “They recognize he’s a weak president.”

Schiff added, “And this particular smear though has also been acknowledge to come from the Kremlin, and there it is from the Oval Office, another wonderful propaganda coup from Vladimir Putin, seeing the president of the United States holding up a newspaper promoting Kremlin propaganda. It’s really incredible.”

Blitzer did not push back against Schiff’s claims, nor did the California Democrat offer up evidence to back his claims.

As New York Post editor Sohrab Ahmari noted Sunday, “It’s now been four days since The Post dropped the first Hunter Files story, and neither Joe nor Hunter has disputed a single material fact. The easiest thing they could do is to say, ‘That laptop isn’t ours, Hunter didn’t send/receive those e-mails.’ Yet they haven’t done that.”

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Report: Source confirms ‘the big guy’ in alleged Hunter Biden-China email is reference to Joe Biden

One person included in an email thread allegedly involving Hunter Biden and his business dealing in China has “corroborated the veracity of the messages,” Fox News reported late Friday.

What’s more, the source told Fox News that a person referred to as “the big guy” in the emails was a reference to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

What are the details?

Fox News reported:

One email, dated May 13, 2017, and obtained by Fox News, includes a discussion of “remuneration packages” for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy firm. The email appeared to identify Hunter Biden as “Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,” in an apparent reference to now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co.

The email includes a note that “Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate.” A proposed equity split references “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?” with no further details. Fox News spoke to one of the people who was copied on the email, who confirmed its authenticity. Sources told Fox News that “the big guy” is a reference to the former vice president. The New York Post initially published the emails and other controversial messages that Fox News has also obtained.

The report came one day after the New York Post reported that it had obtained emails allegedly showing Hunter Biden “pursued lucrative deals involving China’s largest private energy company,” CEFC China Energy Co.

The Post triggered a firestorm of controversy on Wednesday after obtaining a hard drive that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden.

That hard drive belonged to a computer that was dropped off at a Delaware computer repair store in April 2019, but was never retrieved. The FBI reportedly seized the laptop last December, but the repair shop owner made copies of the hard drive before turning it over.

The initial story that set off the chain reaction of controversy — including social media companies censoring the story — claimed that emails from the hard drive showed that Joe Biden met with a top executive at the Ukrainian natural gas company at which Hunter Biden once worked.

What is Biden saying?

The Biden campaign has denied any wrongdoing took place, but acknowledged that Biden could have had an informal interaction with the Burisma executive.

Campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told Politico, “Investigations by the press, during impeachment, and even by two Republican-led Senate committees whose work was decried as ‘not legitimate’ and political by a GOP colleague have all reached the same conclusion: that Joe Biden carried out official U.S. policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing. Trump administration officials have attested to these facts under oath.”

Meanwhile, Biden was directly confronted about the controversy late Friday. In response, the former vice president snapped at the reporter who questioned him.