Karine Jean-Pierre declined to discuss Biden’s alleged voicemail on Hunter’s laptop

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to discuss a 2018 voicemail message from President Biden that was allegedly recovered from a laptop that once belonged to her son Hunter, further compromising the Biden’s claim that he never discussed foreign business deals with his son.

“Why is there a voicemail from the president telling his son about his overseas business dealings if the president said he never spoke to his son about his overseas business dealings? ” Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre during his regular briefing on Tuesday.

“Well, I’ll say first what the president said is valid. So if he — that’s what the president said, that’s what’s left,” Jean-Pierre replied.

“He leaves a voicemail about a New York Times article regarding Hunter Biden’s business dealings and he says, ‘I think you’re clear,'” Doocy interrupted. “How isn’t he the one telling his son about his overseas business dealings?”

“We are not, from this podium – I’m not going to talk about alleged materials from the laptop,” replied Jean-Pierre.

“Are you disputing that it’s the president’s voice on voicemail?” Doocy pressed.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to discuss a 2018 voicemail message from President Biden that allegedly came from a laptop that once belonged to her son Hunter.
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“I’m not going to talk about the alleged materials of the laptop,” Jean-Pierre argued. “Peter, I refer you to his son’s representatives.”

Later, Jean-Pierre was pressed by RealClearPolitics reporter Philip Wegmann about how the White House might even refuse to answer questions about the first son’s relationship, since the president regularly says he’ll “even” the public. .

“We’ve all heard the president like to say, ‘I’ll always be on your level,'” Wegmann said. “A few moments ago, however, you seemed to dismiss Peter’s question about his conversations with his son regarding his business dealings. And I wonder how this silence is consistent with the president’s promise to always be on the level of the American public? »

“At least from the voicemail obtained by The Daily Mail and The Washington Examiner, it certainly appears that he was looking to do just that: have a conversation about his business dealings,” Wegmann continued. “Does he equate with the American public on this?”

“So I hear your question, but what I can tell you from here, standing at this podium, is that I cannot comment on any hardware from the laptop and I will refer you to Hunter Biden’s reps,” added Jean-Pierre.

The White House has repeatedly said President Biden stands by his 2019 assertion that he “never spoke” with Hunter Biden about “his overseas business dealings” – despite growing 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 dealings drew particular attention this year when The Washington Post and New York Times belatedly verified in March documents from an ex-Hunter Biden laptop that was first reported by The Posted in October 2020.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware is investigating Hunter Biden’s finances and the first son recently gave the IRS a check for about $2 million in unpaid taxes, according to reports.

Emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop indicate that Joe Biden met his son’s business partners on several occasions, including while still vice president when he attended a DC dinner in 2015 with a group of his son’s associates from Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan.

A photo shows Joe Biden posing with the Kazakh group at dinner and a day after the rally, Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive at Ukrainian gas company Burisma, emailed the second son thanking him for the opportunity to meet his father. Hunter Biden earned $1 million a year serving on the Burisma board while his father ran 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 by Republican-led Senate committees in 2020 said that in 2014, Baturina paid $3.5 million to a company linked to Hunter Biden.

Baturina has yet to face U.S. sanctions in response to Russia’s more than four-month-old invasion of Ukraine, though 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 The Washington Post said paid Hunter Biden and his uncle Jim Biden $4.8 million in 2017 and 2018.

Former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski said he spoke with Joe Biden in May 2017 about the Chinese company. An email from May 13, 2017 stated that the “big guy” would get a 10% stake in a corporate entity established with CEFC.

The White House has repeatedly said President Joe Biden stands by his 2019 assertion that he had "never spoken” with Hunter Biden about "business abroad"
The White House has repeatedly said President Joe Biden stands by his 2019 assertion that he “never spoke” with Hunter Biden about “his overseas business dealings.”

Bobulinski alleges the president was the ‘big guy’ and emails show that in September 2017 Hunter Biden asked for a new sign and more keys for an office he was renting in DC’s House of Sweden office building . The sign was to say “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. A spokeswoman for the agency overseeing the property, however, said the sign was never altered 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 flying with his father to Beijing aboard Air Force Two. Hunter introduced Joe Biden to BHR CEO Jonathan Li in the lobby of a hotel in the Chinese capital. The fund is partly controlled by public entities and facilitated the sale in 2016 for $3.8 billion of Congolese cobalt from a US company to China Molybdenum. Cobalt is a key element in electric car batteries.

Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Chris Clark, said less than a week after President Biden’s November summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the first son had sold a 10% stake in BHR Partners. Hunter Biden and the White House provided no further details on who might have acquired his stake and for how much money.

Photos and emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop further indicate that Joe Biden hosted his son and a group of Mexican associates at the vice president’s official residence in 2015. 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 while aboard Air Force Two for an official visit to Mexico, complaining that he had not received a reciprocal business favors after “I brought every person you ever asked me to bring to 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 records show, casting further doubt on Joe’s claims. Biden that he was unaware of his son’s business ventures.

During President Donald Trump’s 2020 impeachment trial, the defense team cited visitor records showing Biden met his son’s business partner, Devon Archer, on April 16, 2014, around the time Hunter Biden has joined Burisma’s board. Archer joined Burisma weeks before Biden’s son.

Since his father became president, Hunter Biden has launched an artistic career by seeking up to $500,000 for his fledgling works.

The White House has drawn up a plan for these sales to be nominally anonymous to avoid possible influence peddling, but ethics experts say the arrangement actually creates bigger corruption problems. Hunter received at least $375,000 last year for five draws at a Hollywood art show attended by one of his father’s ambassador candidates, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. It is not known how many additional sales he was able to achieve.

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