The White House has continued to insist that the messages on the “Hunter Biden laptop” presenting evidence that Joe Biden and his family cashed in on his position as vice president are “Russian disinformation.”
But now the New York Times finally has confirmed what has been evident to anyone with a modicum of curiosity – that the emails obtained from the laptop are authentic. The Times buried that news in a story on the ongoing federal probe into Hunter Biden’s tax filings. But the “paper of record” reported the emails it obtained “from a cache of files that appears to have come from a laptop abandoned by Mr. Biden in a Delaware repair shop” were “authenticated by people familiar with them and with the investigation.”
Last September, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked press secretary Jen Psaki if the White House was maintaining its “Russia disinformation” stance after Politico reported a book by one of its reporters concluded two key emails and others are genuine.
“I think it’s broadly known and widely known, Peter, that there was a broad range of Russian disinformation back in 2020,” Psaki replied, with no further elaboration.
The Politico reporter’s book, “The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power,” cites a person who had independent access to Hunter Biden’s emails who confirmed the authenticity of a 2015 email from an adviser for the corrupt Ukrainian firm Burisma thanking him for introducing him to Joe Biden. That conflicts with the president’s repeated insistence that he knew nothing about his son’s deals.
But more importantly, the Politico reporter’s source confirmed the authenticity of a 2017 email regarding the deal with CEFC Chinese Energy stating 10% of the profits were to be held “for the big guy.” The “big guy” was identified as Joe Biden last October by former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski after the New York Post reported the emails were discovered on a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden. Joe Biden, Bobulinski claimed, was an active participant in his son’s overseas business dealings while serving as vice president. In fact, Bobulinksi said he met twice with Joe Biden to discuss the deal with CEFC Chinese Energy, giving the impression that the then-vice president had the final say in the business dealings of his son and brother James Biden.
On Thursday, the New York Post – whose blockbuster reports on the emails weeks from the 2020 presidential election were censored by social media and ignored by news media – reported federal prosecutors have “looked into emails between the first son and his former business associates that were recovered from the laptop.”
Devon Archer, who had served with Hunter Biden on the board of Burisma, was sentenced last month in an unrelated fraud case. Archer has “cooperated completely” with the feds in their investigation into Hunter Biden, the Post reported.
The probe initially focused on Hunter Biden’s failure to pay taxes since his father was vice president, but it broadened in 2018 to investigate how his international business dealings intersected with President Biden’s political career.
The “Russian disinformation” claim arose from a letter signed by 51 former senior intelligence officials, including former director of national intelligence James Clapper and three former directors of the CIA, Mike Hayden, Leon Panetta and John Brennan.
Offering no evidence, they said the laptop story had the “hallmarks” of a Russian “information” operation. The media then turned that into “disinformation” and used the narrative to justify ignoring the story.
The Times’ James Poniewozik wrote: “If you listened to President Trump debate Joseph R. Biden Jr., you may have felt like you’d started watching a complicated serial drama — ‘Lost’ or ‘Twin Peaks’ — in its final season. The president kept dropping names and plot points, all seeming to reference a baroque mythology. Who was ‘the big man?’ What was ‘the laptop?’ How many seasons of this show did I miss?”
Prior to the debate, Lesley Stahl of CBS News questioned Trump calling it “one of the biggest scandals I’ve ever seen,” telling her “and you don’t cover it.”
Stahl insisted the laptop “can’t be verified.”
See Trump’s exchange with Lesley Stahl:
Donald Trump was right about Hunter Biden’s laptop. Remember the 60 Minutes interview. pic.twitter.com/TScnsE28xf
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 17, 2022