Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has finally been asked about reports on his son Hunter’s foreign transactions, responding by saying he had “no answer” and hitting the reporter who questioned him furiously.
CBS News reporter Bo Erickson posed the question to Biden when the candidate boarded his private jet following a campaign stop in Michigan Friday night, two days after the New York Post broke the bomb’s story.
Mr. Biden, what is your reaction to the New York Post story about your son, sir? Erickson asked.
“I know you would ask,” Biden replied heatedly, wearing two masks. “I have no response, it’s another smear campaign, all up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.”
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reacted furiously on Friday evening when a reporter finally asked about emails revealing his son’s foreign transactions
It came two days after a host of emails from Hunter began to be released showing the candidate’s son in lucrative foreign business deals. Hunter can be seen with Biden above in 2016
On Thursday night, ABC News presenter George Stephanopoulos, a former Democratic adviser, sparked controversy when he declined to ask about Hunter’s emails during a 90-minute town hall.
Biden’s campaign previously responded to the Post report with a statement saying, “Joe Biden carried out official US policy on Ukraine and committed no wrongdoing.”
Hunter’s emails were provided to the New York Post by Rudy Giuliani after a computer repair shop owner said he found them on a hard drive.
The store owner said a man he couldn’t identify took three computers to his store for repair last fall and never picked them up. He said he then made a copy of the emails and images on the hard drives and provided them to the FBI and Giuliani, Trump’s attorney.
The emails suggest that Biden, who has always denied his knowledge of or involvement in his son’s business dealings, was more involved than he previously admitted.
Mr. Biden, what is your reaction to the New York Post story about your son, sir? CBS News reporter Erickson asked
“I know you would ask,” Biden replied heatedly, wearing two masks. ‘I have no reaction, it’s another smear campaign, all up your alley, those are the questions you always ask’
The wealth of emails has caused a series of political shock waves, including:
- The laptop contained a photo of Hunter with what appears to be a crack pipe, and an 11-minute sex and drug video that can still be seen;
- Donald Trump seized the release – orchestrated by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani – to call his rival “a corrupt politician”;
- Senate Republicans said they will investigate the first tranche of emails from Hunter’s Ukrainian business partners, which appear to show a Burisma energy manager being introduced to Joe Biden when he was vice president;
- A report reveals that Joe Biden is the person referred to in emails as the “the big guy” who would receive 10 percent equity in a deal with a Chinese energy company;
- Democrats accuse Giuliani of spreading “misinformation” and “parading around with a Russian agent.”
Twitter added to the controversy when it blocked links to Post articles about the revelations, a decision the social media platform later withdrew.
On Friday, President Donald Trump claimed that Biden had had a “ very bad show ” at his town hall with ABC’s Stephanopoulos and slammed the network for not asking about Hunter.
Sleepy Joe Biden had a very bad show last night, despite @GStephanopoulos not asking him any questions about being a ‘corrupt politician’. Big Tech & Lamestream Media are working hard to hide this corruption !!!, Trump wrote.
Stephanopoulos and ABC News have not responded to the attack.
Wearing two face masks to reduce the risk of the coronavirus, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will speak with reporters at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on Friday.
Biden is seen taking off his hat shortly after boarding his campaign plane at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus, Michigan.
The FBI is reportedly investigating whether the Hunter emails are part of a foreign influence operation, even though Giuliani says foreign sources have not provided the Hunter Biden emails.
He says a laptop with the emails and intimate photos was simply left at a repair shop in Delaware and the shop owner contacted Giuliani’s attorney.
The emails surfaced when US officials warned that Russia, which backed Trump’s 2016 campaign by hacking Democratic emails and a covert social media campaign, is interfering again this year.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that intelligence agencies had warned the White House last year that Giuliani was the target of a Russian influence operation.
That assessment was based on information, including intercepted communications, showing that Giuliani had been in contact with people associated with Russian intelligence, four intelligence sources told the newspaper.
According to the report, national security adviser Robert O’Brien had warned Trump that information Giuliani brought from Ukraine should be considered tainted by Russia, but Trump dismissed the warning.
Biden leads Trump in most of the major polls, both nationally and in critical states on the battlefield. In the RealClearPolitics poll average, Biden leads Trump by 9 points.