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President Joe Biden’s administration is still refusing to address what many Americans believe could have been a pivotal issue in the 2020 election had most of the media not ignored the story.
Despite the fact that new information about presidential son Hunter Biden’s laptop has been revealed in recent weeks, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre repeatedly refused to address questions regarding those findings on Tuesday, according to reports.
Several media outlets have verified the contents of the first son’s laptop in the months after they were released just a few weeks ahead of the November 2020 election; the New York Post was the first outlet to report on the laptop’s contents.
Information from the laptop that has been revealed more recently includes a voicemail left by Joe Biden on his son’s phone in 2018 indicating that he did indeed have knowledge of his son’s business dealings, though the president has repeatedly claimed he did not.
The Daily Caller reported:
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy pressed White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on President Joe Biden’s alleged voicemail about his son’s business dealings in China.
An alleged 2018 voicemail first obtained by the Daily Mail recently circulated of Biden talking to his son, Hunter, about a New York Times article covering his business dealings in China, telling him he is likely “in the clear.” The president has repeatedly said he has never spoken to his son about his business dealings.
In the Dec. 12, 2018 voicemail, Joe Biden appears to be referencing a story about Hunter Biden’s dealings with two Chinese businessmen. “Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance, just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk with you.”
“I thought the article released online — it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times — was good,” Biden, who wasn’t serving in public office at the time, said. “I think you’re clear. And anyway, if you get a chance, give me a call. I love you.”
Below is a video of the alleged recording between Joe and Hunter Biden:
“Why is there a voicemail of the president talking to his son about his overseas business dealings if the president has said he’s never spoken to his son about his overseas business dealings?” Doocy asked.
“First, I’ll say that what the president said stands, so if that’s what the president said that is what stands,” Jean-Pierre said.
“He left a voicemail about a New York Times article concerning Hunter Biden’s business dealings and says, ‘I think you’re clear,’” Doocy pressed on. “How is that him not talking to his son about his overseas business dealings?”
“From this podium, I’m not going to talk about alleged materials from the laptop. I’m not going to talk about alleged materials on the laptop. It’s not happening,” Jean-Pierre responded. Also, she did not answer a question on whether or not she was “disputing” that Biden’s voice was on the message.
“You’re refuting, then, that is not—” Doocy began to say.
“Peter, I refer you to his son’s representative,” she interjected.
At that point, RealClearPolitics White House correspondent Phillip Wegmann followed up by asking about the consistency of the press secretary saying again and again that Biden did not communicate with Hunter about his overseas business dealings.
“You seemed to dismiss Peter’s question about his conversation with his son, Hunter Biden, with regards to his business dealings,” Wegmann said. “I’m wondering how is that silence consistent with the president’s promise to always level with the American public, because in public he says he hasn’t discussed these business dealings and then at least according to the voicemail that has been obtained by the Daily Mail and Washington Examiner, it certainly seems like he was seeking to do exactly that, have a conversation about these business dealings. Is he leveling with the American public on this?”
But rather than address the question, Jean-Pierre said repeatedly that she can’t discuss laptop materials.
In addition to being paid millions to sit on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, there are also concerns about Hunter Biden’s involvement with a Chinese company, even as the United States jockeys with China regarding the future security of Taiwan.
Hunter Biden’s law firm was wired roughly $4.8 million from a now-defunct firm, CEFC China Energy, through September 2018, reports from the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Homeland Security Committee have noted.