President Biden gave the impression that he was standing by claims he made regarding his son and foreign business transactions during the 2020 presidential campaign.
This week, while attending a gathering at the White House, Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich approached the president as he walked by.
“Did you make up the fact that you never spoke to Hunter about his business dealings?” Heinrich enquired.
Biden answered, “No,” and then turned to leave without providing any other information.
For years, members of the Biden family, notably his son Hunter, have been charged with using the family name to secure lucrative contracts with foreign companies. The claims gained new prominence this week after shocking information showed that the president’s and his family’s involvement in international affairs may be considerably closer than Biden admitted.
This week, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Jason Smith (R-MO), made whistleblower testimony from IRS agents public. These IRS officials claim that the Justice Department has interfered in their investigation into Hunter and is hiding evidence of the first son’s wrongdoings. Hunter sent Henry Zhao, a manager at the Chinese energy giant CEFC, a WhatsApp message on July 30, 2017, according to IRS whistleblowers who testified before Congress.
“My father and I are seated here and we want to know why the agreement that was made has not been kept. Inform the director that I want to take care of this right away to prevent things from getting out of hand, and right away means tonight,” Hunter supposedly wrote to Zhao.
After the communication was purportedly received, less than ten days later, CEFC accounts sent over $5 million in funds to accounts linked to Hunter Biden.
A day after Smith made the statements public, the White House counsel’s office issued a statement. It didn’t address Biden’s campaign assertion that he never discussed his son’s business concerns with him.
“The President was not involved in business with his son, as we have stated a number of times previously. The Justice Department conducts its criminal inquiries independently, as we have previously stated frequently, and the White House was not involved in this matter,” according to spokesperson Ian Sams. “As the President has stated, he adores his son and is happy with how he has taken responsibility for his misdeeds and is reestablishing his life.”
Reporter: "Did you lie about never speaking to Hunter about his business deals?"
Biden: "No" pic.twitter.com/6Pt7Zs6fLH
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 26, 2023
The reported WhatsApp communication linking the president to his son’s business dealings has not yet been officially refuted, casting doubt on its veracity. This week, Hunter’s lawyer said that “any verifiable actions or words of my client in the middle of a horrific addiction are entirely his own and have nothing to do with anybody in his family.”