Is this the “October surprise” that Trump has been waiting for? The New York Post today (Wednesday), three weeks before the US presidential election, published e-mails that allegedly show that Democratic candidate Joe Biden met in 2015 – while serving as Vice President Barack Obama – with a senior Gazan official A Ukrainian whose board of directors was then a member of his son, Hunter Biden.
Biden’s campaign was quick to deny the report, and given the fact that this exposure was provided to the paper by the president’s personal lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the social networks Twitter and Facebook also announced an unusual move to restrict its distribution on their platforms, until According to them, a reliability test will be passed by other parties. On the other hand, in Trump’s campaign, they jumped on the “bargain” and attacked Biden, while the Republicans in the Senate announced shortly after the publication of the revelation about the opening of an examination of the emails that were revealed.
Republicans, led by President Trump, have long argued that Biden has improperly and corruptly used his power as Obama’s vice president to prevent a corruption investigation in Ukraine against the Bursima gas company, in which his son Hunter served as a board member. Trump’s attempt to open an inquiry into the issue even led to an impeachment process against him late last year, when Democrats accused him of conditioning US aid on Kiev in opening an investigation that would embarrass Biden.
So far no evidence has been provided for these claims by Republicans, and even now – it is important to emphasize – there is no significant proof of this. However, Biden has previously denied that he ever spoke to his son about his overseas business, and now the New York Post claims the emails he received show he lied.
One of the emails published was sent in April 2015 to Hunter Biden by a Ukrainian businessman named Vadim Pozersky, who served as an advisor to Bursima’s board of directors. In the email, he thanks the former vice president’s son for arranging a meeting between him and Biden Sr. “Dear Hunter, Thank you for inviting me to Washington and giving me a chance to meet your father and spend some time with him. It was a great honor and pleasure for me.” In another email, in May 2014, the Ukrainian businessman asked the then Vice President’s son “advice on how you can use your influence” – in order to do good with the Bursima company.
The New York Post reported that the first email presented, from 2015, was sent about a year before Biden pressured Ukraine to oust then-Attorney General Victor Shukin, who was at the time conducting an investigation against Bursima. Biden, it should be noted, has previously stated that he worked to oust Shukin and even conditioned the US’s financial aid to Kiev. Finally, in March 2016.
Biden’s campaign was quick to deny that he met with the Ukrainian businessman. “We looked at Joe Hayden’s official diary from that time and even a meeting, as claimed by the New York Post, took place,” campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said. He added that two different investigations previously conducted by Republicans in the Senate had already determined that Biden had “implemented US official policy towards Ukraine and had not acted improperly. “Officials in the Trump administration have testified to these facts under oath.”
On the other hand, Trump’s election campaign claimed that this announcement by the Biden people was worded in a way that actually proves that the former vice president did indeed meet with the Ukrainian businessman in 2015. “Their response basically says that the headline ‘Meeting as a Ukrainian businessman buying access to the vice president’ does not appear in Joe Biden’s official diary. Their response is worded so carefully that it proves the truth they do not deny,” said Trump campaign spokesman Tim Morteau .
The New York Post emphasizes that they obtained their emails from Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. According to the paper, Giuliani himself obtained these emails from a hard disk copy of a laptop that was forgotten in April last year at a computer repair shop in New York – by someone who may have been Hunter Biden himself. According to the newspaper, the store owner was unable to reach the customer who left the computer and did not return to pick it up. It is alleged that he passed it on to the FBI, who took him for examination. But before giving it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the store owner made a copy for the hard drive – which he gave to Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer.
This hard disk contains many other materials, Giuliani’s lawyer claims, including videos and revealing photos of Hunter Biden. The New York Post revealed four photos, in one of which he was seen smoking what was allegedly a crack. According to the newspaper, he also received a 12-minute video in which Hunter was seen smoking crack and having sex with a woman. The 50-year-old Hunter, it should be noted, has previously admitted to dealing with drug addiction.
Trump recently tried to attack Biden for that, mentioning his son’s drug problem in the tumultuous and ugly confrontation between the two last month. After Trump raised the issue, Biden replied that Hunter did indeed suffer from drug addiction, but stressed that he had overcome that problem, adding, “I am proud of him.”
In an interview with Fox News, Giuliani’s lawyer, Bob Costello, said that Giuliani kept a copy of the hard disk in question and that it contained “a lot of material” – about 40,000 emails and thousands of text messages. He said he also includes photos showing Hunter in “very revealing poses.”
The credibility of the exposure today is somewhat questionable given the source from which it came, although the decision by Twitter and Facebook to restrict the distribution of the report published in a major American newspaper is still a rather unusual move. Facebook said it would “reduce the distribution” of the report until its credibility is confirmed by “fact checkers.” The New York Post was outraged by this, and an editorial released tonight read: “Censor first, then ask questions. This is a scandalous attitude that one of the most powerful platforms in the US takes.” “.
Meanwhile, President Trump’s wife, Melania, announced that she had recovered from the corona virus in which she was infected alongside her husband, and was diagnosed as negative to the virus. The first lady also noted that their 14-year-old son, Barun, was diagnosed with the virus but did not suffer from symptoms and has since recovered. After the Trump couple were vaccinated against the White House virus claimed in a closet negative for the virus.
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