White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to discuss a 2018 voicemail from President Biden that was reportedly recovered from a laptop owned by his son Hunter – further undermining Biden’s claim that he never dealt with his son talked about foreign business.
“Why is there a voicemail from the president talking to his son about his foreign business when the president has said he’s never spoken to his son about his foreign business?” Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre at her regular briefing on Tuesday.
“Well, first I will say that what the President said stands. Well, if he – that’s what the President said, that’s for sure,” Jean-Pierre replied.
“He leaves a voicemail about a New York Times article on Hunter Biden’s dealings and says, ‘I think you’re covered,'” Doocy interjected. “How come he doesn’t talk to his son about his overseas business?”
“That’s not us, from this podium – I’m not going to talk about alleged materials from the laptop,” Jean-Pierre replied.
“Are you denying that’s the President’s voice on voicemail?” Doocy squeezed.
“I will not discuss alleged materials from the laptop,” Jean-Pierre claimed. “Peter, I refer you to his son’s representatives.”
Jean-Pierre was later pressed by RealClearPolitics reporter Philip Wegmann about how the White House could refuse to even raise questions about the first son’s dealings, since the President routinely says he is “on an equal footing” with the public. will be.
“We’ve all heard that the president likes to say, ‘I will always be your equal,'” Wegmann said. “But earlier you seemed to dismiss Peter’s question about his discussions with his son regarding his business affairs. And I wonder how this silence is compatible with the President’s promise to always be on an equal footing with the American public?”
“At least according to the voicemail received by The Daily Mail and The Washington Examiner, it appears he was trying to do just that: strike up a conversation about his business affairs,” Wegmann continued. “Is he on par with the American public in this regard?”
“So I hear your question, but what I can tell you from here, standing on this podium, is that I cannot comment on materials from the laptop and would refer you to Hunter Biden representatives,” added Jean-Pierre added.
The White House has repeatedly said that President Biden is sticking to his 2019 claim that he “never spoke to Hunter Biden about ‘his foreign business'” – despite mounting evidence to the contrary, including the recently released 2018 voicemail in which Joe Biden mentioned a Times article about his son’s Chinese business partner.
The first son’s overseas deals drew significant attention this year when in March the Washington Post and New York Times belatedly verified documents from a former Hunter Biden laptop, first reported by The Post in October 2020.
The US Attorney’s Office in Delaware is investigating Hunter Biden’s finances, and the first son reportedly recently wrote the IRS a check for about $2 million in unpaid taxes.
Emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop indicate that Joe Biden has repeatedly met with his son’s business associates, including while he was still vice president when he met with a group of his son’s associates from Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan in 2015 attended a dinner in DC.
One photo shows Joe Biden posing at dinner with the Kazakh group, and a day after the meeting, Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive at Ukrainian gas company Burisma, emailed the then-second son to thank him for the opportunity to meet his father. Hunter Biden was reportedly making $1 million a year to sit on Burisma’s board of directors while his father managed the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.
The guest list also included Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, according to an email. A report prepared by Republican-led Senate committees in 2020 says Baturina paid $3.5 million to a Hunter Biden-affiliated firm in 2014.
Baturina has not yet faced US sanctions in response to Russia’s more than four-month-old invasion of Ukraine, although Biden has sanctioned many other members of Russia’s elite.
In China, Joe Biden was allegedly involved in his son’s dealings with CEFC China Energy, which paid Hunter Biden and his uncle Jim Biden $4.8 million in 2017 and 2018, according to the Washington Post.
Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, said he spoke to Joe Biden about the Chinese company in May 2017. An email dated May 13, 2017 indicated that the “Big One” would receive a 10 percent equity stake in a business entity formed with CEFC.
Bobulinski claims the President is the “Big One,” and emails show Hunter Biden asked for a new sign and more keys in September 2017 for an office he rented in DC’s House of Sweden office building. The sign read “The Biden Foundation and Hudson West (CEFC-US)” and the keys were for his father, Jill and Jim Biden, and a Chinese executive named Gongwen Dong. However, a spokeswoman for the agency that oversees the property said the sign was never changed and the keys were not collected.
Also in China, Hunter Biden co-founded an investment firm called BHR Partners in 2013, less than two weeks after he flew to Beijing with his father aboard Air Force Two. Hunter introduced Joe Biden to BHR CEO Jonathan Li in the lobby of a hotel in China’s capital. The fund is partially controlled by state-owned companies and enabled a US company to sell a Congolese cobalt to China Molybdenum in 2016 for US$3.8 billion. Cobalt is a key component in electric car batteries.
Hunter Biden’s attorney Chris Clark said less than a week after President Biden’s summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in November that the first son divested a 10 percent stake in BHR Partners. Hunter Biden and the White House did not provide any further details as to who might have acquired his stake and for how much money.
Photos and emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop further indicate that in 2015, Joe Biden hosted his son and a group of Mexican business associates at the Vice President’s official residence. The elder Biden posed for a photo with Hunter and a group that included Mexican billionaires Carlos Slim and Miguel Alemán Velasco.
In 2016, Hunter Biden apparently emailed one of his Mexican associates aboard Air Force Two on an official visit to Mexico and complained that he had not received any mutual business favors after “I brought every single person, to.” you ever asked me the f’ing white house and the vice president’s house and the inauguration.”
Hunter Biden’s business partner Eric Schwerin visited the White House and the vice president’s residence at least 19 times while Joe Biden was vice president, visitor logs show, casting further doubt on Joe Biden’s claim that he was ignorant of his son’s business ventures.
During the 2020 impeachment trial of then-President Donald Trump, the defense team cited visitor logs showing that Biden himself arrived at Burisma on 16 weeks before Biden’s son Archer.
Since his father became president, Hunter Biden has embarked on an art career that has seen him aim for up to $500,000 for his fledgling works.
The White House devised a plan for those sales, which in theory were supposed to be anonymous to deter possible influence, but ethics experts say the deal actually raises major corruption issues. Hunter received at least $375,000 for five prints at a Hollywood art show last year attended by one of his father’s nominated ambassadors, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. It’s unclear how many additional sales he might have made.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/05/karine-jean-pierre-declined-to-discuss-alleged-biden-voicemail-on-hunters-laptop/ Karine Jean-Pierre declined to speak about the alleged Biden voicemail on Hunter’s laptop