Psaki uses Giuliani’s plot defense to dismiss questions about Hunter Biden
TThe White House dismissed concerns that President Joe Biden was aware of his son’s overseas business activities, alleging such claims came from “Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer” despite the indications on the laptop by Hunter Bidens and in his own book, he could have discussed access to his father.
A New York Post reporter noted on Friday that Joe Biden claimed in September 2019 that he had “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” The reporter said that in 2015, then-vice president Biden “met his son’s Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakh business associates at Café Milano a day before a Burisma executive thanked the first son for the opportunity to meet his father “and” arranged at the Mexican business associates of the Hunter Biden Naval Observatory.
The reporter asked if Joe Biden was really unaware that his son was pursuing business deals with the people he allegedly met.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki replied: “The president does not discuss business relations with family members, and if not, I will not respond to Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer.”
Earlier this year, the Daily Mail reported emails showing Hunter Biden hosting a dinner in April 2015 at Cafe Milano in Georgetown with a guest list including many international figures including Kazakh businessmen, the adviser by Burisma Vadym Pozharskyi and Elena Baturina. A GOP report in September concluded that Hunter Biden had “received a bank transfer of $ 3.5 million from Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow.”
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A March email from Hunter said about the dinner: “Dad will be here, but keep that between us for now.” Hunter wrote in an email on March 20, 2015 about a potential guest list, including “3 seats for our KZ [Kazakh] friends “and” 2 seats for Yelena and her husband “as well as one for” Vadym “and” 3 ambassadors (MX ??) “- an apparent shorthand for Mexico.
Pozharskyi emailed Hunter on April 17, 2015, saying, “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving me the opportunity to meet your father and drop by. [sic] a little time together.
The White House did not respond to questions from the Washington Examiner in June about whether current President Biden attended the dinner.
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign denied that the meeting was held on the basis of “Biden’s official schedules at the time.” However, former senior advisers later conceded: “It is technically conceivable that Pozharsky approached Biden on the sidelines of a larger event between the United States and Ukraine.”
Amos Hochstein, Joe Biden’s longtime adviser on Ukrainian affairs, insisted the meeting “never” took place.
The 2014 emails obtained by the Washington Examiner document conversations between Hunter Biden, his business partner Rosemont Seneca, and Burisma board member Devon Archer, and Pozharskyi. The trio discussed plans to seek an energy deal with then-Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov.
The New York Post also reported that “of the more than 100 events scheduled in Hunter’s diary at the Vice President’s residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, there are meetings that appear to overlap with Hunter’s business interests. “, including one titled” Breakfast with Dad – NavObs “from November 19, 2015.
The outlet said that “five photographs dated that day and taken at 10:03 am and 10:04 am appear on the laptop, showing Joe posing with four of Hunter’s business associates, including Mexican billionaires Carlos Slim and Miguel Velasco.” The report said, “Jeff Cooper, a longtime benefactor of the Biden family, also appears with Hunter … Cooper and Hunter were working on energy deals in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America.”
Hunter Biden admitted that the laptop that was reportedly dropped off for repair at a Delaware repair shop could be his, but said he didn’t remember it. He also said that it could have been stolen, that it could have been hacked or that Russian intelligence services could have been involved without providing any evidence.
In his memoir, Beautiful Things, Hunter wrote that in 2013, the then vice president asked his teenage daughter to join him on Air Force Two in Japan and then in Beijing, where he met Xi Jinping. Hunter Biden said he had followed him. At the time, Hunter Biden was working with Archer, and “our deal with the greatest potential was a partnership with a Chinese private equity fund seeking to invest Chinese capital in companies outside the country.”
He wrote: “While we were in Beijing, Dad met one of Devon’s Chinese partners, Jonathan Li, in the lobby of the US delegation hotel, just enough time to say hello and give him a hug. hand. I met Li as a courtesy visit while I was in the country; the trade agreement had been signed more than a week earlier. Li and I then went for a cup of coffee.
The Washington Examiner reported last month that Hunter Biden still appears to have a stake in the Chinese government-linked investment firm. This company has invested in companies linked to the Chinese Communist Party that the United States has sanctioned.
Although he offered no proof, Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and many media have dismissed the laptop story as a Russian disinformation operation. However, then director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe said the laptop was not a Russian intelligence effort.
The laptop was handed over to the repair shop in April 2019, according to store owner John Paul Mac Isaac. The laptop and hard drive were seized by the FBI through a grand jury subpoena in December 2019. Giuliani, then Trump’s personal attorney, obtained a copy of the material’s contents and data were shared with various media.
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Federal investigators executed a search warrant in April at Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and the Park Avenue office. Separately, Giuliani’s lawyer’s license was suspended in New York in June and in Washington, DC, in July.
Hunter has reportedly been under criminal investigation since 2018 as federal authorities scrutinize his taxes and overseas business dealings.
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