White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki seemed a little peeved at a reporter who asked questions about President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and his infamous “laptop from hell.”
The phrase is a reference to New York Post columnist Miranda Devine’s new book of the same name.
The book is described as an “inside story of the laptop that exposed the president’s dirtiest secret.”
New York Post reporter Steven Nelson asked a multi-pronged question that challenged Psaki to commit to “basic transparency” regarding Hunter’s divestment from a Chinese firm, as well as an admission that the laptop was not ‘Russian disinformation’ as the Biden campaign had characterized it during the campaign.
She couldn’t commit to either, dismissing Nelson promptly in a heated exchange.
An attorney for Hunter Biden last month said the President’s son had finally divested his 10 percent stake in a Chinese investment firm known as BHR Partners.
Nelson requested a commitment to “basic transparency” on the agreement which has since been cast in doubt.
“Shortly after President Biden’s virtual meeting with the Chinese president, the first son’s attorney said that he has finally divested from a Chinese investment fund controlled by state-owned entities,” he said.
“I was hoping you could commit to basic transparency about that transaction including the name of the buyer, the dollar amount, and the timing.”
“The president’s son is not an employee of the federal government,” a clearly irked Psaki fired back. “So I’d point you to his representatives.”
Apparently, you can’t ask questions about Joe Biden’s son’s potential profiting off of his father and the White House unless he is a federal employee.
I’m not sure President Trump would have been afforded such dismissals.
Psaki demonstrated even further irritation with the second part of the reporter’s question.
“My colleague Miranda Devine has a new book out called ‘The Laptop From Hell’, and I was hoping that you could confirm that the laptop is indeed authentic and not Russian disinformation as you seemed to suggest on Twitter last year,” Nelson leveled.
“As it relates to the book, I’ve neither had the time nor interest in exploring or reading the book,” Psaki replied snidely.
Psaki, just weeks before the election, tweeted a story about Hunter’s laptop with the headline: “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say.”
Following the question, Psaki attempted to move on to another reporter but Nelson objected.
“I think I answered your question. You can go to the representative of the person who’s not an employee of the federal government,” she insisted again, apparently feeling she had stumbled upon an ironclad defense.
President Biden even made the ‘Russian disinformation’ claim well after the election.
“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?” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked.
Biden replied, “Yes, yes, yes.”
John Ratcliffe, the former director of national intelligence, squashed the ‘Russian misinformation’ hoax rather easily and almost immediately.
“Let me be clear,” he said months prior. “The intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that.”
An email recovered from Hunter Biden’s laptop before the election appeared to outline a payout for Biden as part of a deal with a Chinese energy company.
It included a proposed equity split which references “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?”
Former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski has insisted “the big guy” is a reference to the President, though it hasn’t been proven.
The laptop from hell also revealed the younger Biden’s other questionable financial transactions, including a $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow.
Other emails suggest that Hunter introduced his father to an executive at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma while he was sitting on the firm’s board. Biden was Vice President at the time, running the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy as vice president.
Devine’s book claims the laptop was “a treasure trove of corporate documents, emails, text messages, photographs, and voice recordings, spanning a decade.”
It “provided the first evidence that President Joe Biden was involved in his son’s ventures in China, Ukraine, and beyond, despite his repeated denials.”
We won’t even go into the photos that were allegedly found on the laptop.
All of which, according to Psaki, deserves no discussion because he is not an employee of the federal government.
Let’s hope Nelson and the New York Post continue to force these questions even as the rest of the media continues to ignore the scandal.
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