- Joe Biden on Friday backed up an explosive article in the New York Post released this week alleging that his son Hunter tried to arrange a meeting with a Ukrainian official while he was still vice president, a story long pushed by President Trump .
- “I have no answer,” Biden said when asked about the report.
- Trump, Steve Bannon and Rudy Giuliani have long claimed that Hunter Biden had secret business dealings with the Ukrainian government.
- Joe Biden has long denied any questions of inappropriate treatment of Burism.
- Trump was implicated by the US House of Representatives in February 2020 after an official House report said he was trying to “use the powers of his office to request foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.”
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday was forced to step down against an explosive article in the New York Post released this week alleging that his son Hunter tried to arrange a meeting with a Ukrainian official while he was still vice president. , long pushed by President Trump and leading conservatives.
After a day of campaigning in Michigan, Biden asked reporters at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne Airport. When asked about the report by CBS News reporter Bo Erickson, Biden did not strike any blows.
“I know you will ask him,” he said. “I have no answer. This is another slander campaign, right on your alley. These are the questions you always ask.”
—Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) October 17, 2020
The Post report claims that data on a laptop damaged by water left in a computer service show that Hunter Biden sent an email to Vadim Pozharsky, the third-ranked contractor in the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings, asking for “advice on how to to use your influence to send a message or “signal” in May 2014.
Another email, allegedly from April 2015, said Pozharsky thanked Hunter Biden for “inviting me to DC and giving me the opportunity to meet your father” and “spending some time together.”
However, according to a Business Insider article, “the most obvious questions focus on whether emails are authentic, how they were discovered, and how the Mail received them.”
President Trump has reiterated the issue, claiming that the candidates met secretly with the Ukrainian government, despite the lack of concrete and verifiable evidence. The report, which had links to former White House senior adviser Steve Bannon and Trump’s personal lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, immediately aroused suspicion among many observers.
“Both men pushed conspiracy theories about Biden’s campaign ties to Ukraine, and Giuliani met last year with a Ukrainian official who was sanctioned in September and charged with acting as a Russian agent,” according to Business Insider.
Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden’s campaign, issued a statement Wednesday denying the article.
“The New York Post never asked Biden’s campaign about the critical elements of this story … besides, we reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from time to time, and no meeting, as the New York Post claims, has ever taken place.”
Trump routinely raised Hunter Biden at campaign rallies and even in the first presidential debate in Cleveland earlier this month. During the debate, Biden immediately went to his son’s defense when Trump attacked Hunter’s past substance abuse problems, a topic in which the former vice president spoke sympathetically to voters.
“My son, my son, my son – like many people, like many people you know at home – had a drug problem,” Biden said. “He overtook him, fixed him, worked on him. And I’m proud of him. I’m proud of my son.”