Joe Biden rebukes reporter in first public response to New York Post’s Hunter Biden report

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden did not seem to appreciate being asked about the recent allegations regarding his son Hunter’s work overseas and if his vice presidency played a role in it.

A CBS News reporter asked the former vice president for a response to the New York Post‘s piecemeal stories about Hunter Biden’s business dealings on Friday night, to which Joe Biden answered, “I know you’d ask it. I have no response. It’s another smear campaign.”

The former vice president then took a shot at the reporter, adding, “Right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.”

Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that the younger Biden set up a meeting between a senior official at the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, where he worked, and Joe Biden, during his vice presidency. The report, if accurate, would appear to contradict previous statements from the former vice president.

The Biden campaign has denied any official meeting took place, saying, “We have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.”

The laptop, which was supposedly left at a computer repair store in Delaware and handed over to the FBI, included an email that discussed a previously undisclosed possible introduction between Joe Biden and Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma. The store owner also made a copy of the hard drive and passed it along to a lawyer for Rudy Giuliani. The former New York City mayor has contradicted one aspect of the story behind the hard drive with a detail in the New York Post’s story.

Giuliani has long sought to obtain dirt on the Bidens and played a key role in the situation that ultimately resulted in the president’s impeachment in the House and acquittal in the Senate for urging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate claims of corruption regarding the Bidens. There have been recent reports that the White House was warned in 2019 that Giuliani could be the target of a Russian disinformation campaign.

Giuliani was a staunch defender of Trump throughout the impeachment process and worked with Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach and others to push allegations that Joe Biden had abused his power in Ukraine. But Derkach, according to the U.S. Intelligence Community, “is spreading claims about corruption — including through publicizing leaked phone calls — to undermine” Biden. He has also been sanctioned by the Treasury Department.

There is no evidence that ties Hunter Biden’s hard drive to Derkach.

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