White House press secretary Jen Psaki did quite a dance around the topic of Hunter Biden’s laptop with the press this past week. She did not even try to defend her statement from the past that media reporting on the president son’s laptop was “Russian disinformation.” It was pointless now that the New York Times verified emails taken from the laptop.
Reporters prodded Psaki at her regular briefing with the press about her own misleading comments and also those from then-candidate Joe Biden.
Philip Wegmann, from RealClearPolitics, said, “The New York Times has authenticated emails that appear to have come from a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden in Delaware. The president previously said that the New York Post story about this was ‘a bunch of garbage’ and that it was a ‘Russian plant.’ Does he stand by that assessment?”
Here’s where the dance began. Psaki dodged the question without answering anything. Instead of dealing squarely with the comments, especially those from the president, she responded, “I’d point you to the Department of Justice and also to Hunter Biden’s representatives. He doesn’t work in the government.”
The Daily Mail’s correspondent, Rob Crilly, kept the pressure on Psaki by asking her to respond to her own false narrative about what The Post reported. He reminded Psaki that when asked in the past about Hunter Biden’s laptop, she declared it to be “Russian disinformation.” Crilly wanted to know if she stood by that conclusion.
The press secretary did not try to defend her word, she just danced again and offered that they look to the Department of Justice and those who represent Hunter Biden. She said that she was a spokesperson for the United States and he did not work for the United State.
This is not unusual for Psaki. She almost always fails to answer questions about Hunter and his business. She sidestepped previous questions about conflict of interests that may be caused by the first son’s recent sales of his own artwork. They were bought by people whose identities have not been publicly made known.
The Post revealed the existence of the laptop in question in October of 2020. It took 17 months for The Times to verify that report. This week, The Times reported that Hunter Biden recently paid about $1 million in unpaid taxes. They also reported that he is under investigation for possibly violating tax, money laundering, and foreign lobbying laws.
When The Post first reported this story in 2020, both Twitter and Facebook chose to censor the story, and they claimed that Russia may have hacked or made up the story. The Post got the laptop because Hunter Biden failed to pick it up from a repair shop in Delaware. The contents revealed that Hunter was thanked by a Ukrainian energy company for the introduction to his father. This was a direct contradiction of Joe Biden’s claim that he never had spoken with his son about any business dealings overseas.
But the email was from Vadym Pozharskyi, a Burisma executive, which was written in 2015. Burisma allegedly paid Hunter Biden $1 million a year but he did not have any experience with the industry. Joe Biden was, then, leading the White House’s Ukraine policy under former President Barak Obama. Hunter Biden never outright denied the existence of the laptop, but the Biden campaign denied that Joe Biden ever met with Pozharskyi. They said the meeting wasn’t on his “official schedule.”
Some other documents and photos revealed that Joe Biden attended a 2015 dinner in D.C. with a group of Hunter’s associates which included Pozharskyi. There were also three Kazakhs and the billionaire couple, Yelena Batura and her husband Yury Luzhkov who was a former mayor of Moscow. There was a Senate report released in 2020 that indicated that Barturina gave a firm linked to Hunter Biden $3.5 million in 2014.
Psaki danced around this report saying that she was “not familiar” with the alleged payment.
There are many more stories of improper conduct that caused The New York Times to call Hunter Biden’s laptop the “laptop from hell.” How much longer can she deflect the connection between a father and his son by simply saying that Hunter Biden does not work for the government?