The White House will at some point have to address Hunter Biden’s laptop.
For 17 months, Joe Biden and his aides shrugged off the scandal, broken by The Post three weeks before the 2020 election.
They denied our disclosures, refused to answer our questions, lied, and relied on their media and Big Tech allies to censor and cover up credible allegations of corruption involving the President and his family.
But the dam is about to burst, as more Americans learn of the scandal and draw negative conclusions about Biden’s integrity.
An exclusive Rasmussen poll obtained by The Post shows 65% of voters think it’s ‘likely’ Joe Biden was involved in – and may have benefited from – his son Hunter’s overseas business deals; 48% say it’s “very likely”. More on this poll later.
The fallout for the White House will only get worse. There is a limit to what Democratic spin dealers, CIA liars, and bogus “Russian collusion” claims can do to bury the story.
The New York Times broke its silence last week and admitted the laptop was real. The Washington Post also woke up from its slumber and began investigating the laptop, recently phoning sources The Post interviewed a long time ago.
And, as a Delaware grand jury moves closer to potentially indicting Hunter, 52, on charges of alleged tax evasion, money laundering and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, pressure mounts on the President to finally explain his role in international influence peddling. program led by his son and brother, Jim Biden, when he was vice president.
The laptop, along with evidence provided by Hunter’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski and Treasury documents provided to a Senate investigation, reveal millions of dollars from dubious foreign sources for the Biden family and its associates. associates, including three critical countries vital to US national security: Russia, Ukraine and China.
There is also evidence that Joe Biden benefited financially from his then drug-addicted son’s overseas business dealings – possibly millions of dollars.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki played dumb last week and refused to answer questions from the Post’s Steven Nelson about how the president is handling conflicts of interest during the war Ukraine- Russia when it comes to punishing people who did business with his family.
Specifically, Nelson asked about Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina, who went unpunished but allegedly wired $3.5 million on Feb. 14, 2014, to a company associated with Hunter’s former business partner. , Devon Archer. This thread was flagged in a suspicious activity report provided by the Treasury Department to a Senate Republican inquiry, chaired by Sens Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson.
Now, new evidence has emerged via the laptop showing Baturina wired up to $118 million to various offshoots of Rosemont Seneca Partners, the consulting firm co-founded by Hunter’s son-in-law, Archer and John Kerry, Chris Heinz.
Most of the money is thought to have been used to buy properties in Brooklyn and Chelsea for Baturina, as well as shares in commercial office buildings across the country.
Baturina, the wife of corrupt former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, was living in exile in London at the time after her husband fell out with the Kremlin. This may be why she was not sanctioned by the Biden administration, although Vladimir Putin was photographed sitting next to her and hugging her during her husband’s funeral in 2019 in Moscow.
Biden, as vice president, met Baturina on April 16, 2015, at a small dinner party hosted by Hunter in a private room at the Georgetown Café Milano restaurant. Also on the guest list were Hunter’s Ukrainian paymaster Vadym Pozharskyi and then-Kazakh prime minister Karim Massimov, currently in prison for treason, and his associate, oligarch Kenes Rakishev.
Biden was observed that evening sitting and eating an entire meal with Hunter and his “investors,” despite a White House assertion to Washington Post fact-checkers last year that he only attended briefly.
Corruption in Ukraine
Vice President Biden also reportedly attended a second ‘investor dinner’ hosted by his son in late March 2016, during another visit to DC by Pozharskyi, an executive at corrupt Ukrainian energy company Burisma, who was paying Hunter $83,333 per month. at the time.
Pozharskyi was in DC on March 30 and 31, 2016, the schedule for Hunter’s abandoned laptop shows.
Pozharskyi’s visit coincided with the March 29, 2016 ouster of Ukraine’s chief prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky, the former energy minister in exile. government aligned with Russia.
The month before his impeachment, Shokin issued arrest warrants for Zlochevsky and seized all of his “movable and immovable property”, including four houses, two plots of land and a Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Kyiv Post and Interfax-Ukraine reported. .
Two weeks later, Shokin was sacked by then President Petro Poroshenko, although it took a month for parliament to ratify the decision.
Vice President Biden later admitted, in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, that he forced Poroshenko to fire Shokin by threatening to withhold $1 billion in US aid to Ukraine.
Biden claimed Shokin was corrupt. Shokin, in turn, claimed he was pressured to resign because he was suing Hunter boss Zlochevsky for corruption.
In a 2019 interview with Ukrainian publication Strana, Shokin said he planned “to interview [Hunter] Biden Jr” before being fired. This is just one of dozens of disturbing stories that emerge from any honest interrogation of Hunter’s laptop.
The president may have plausible explanations for what looks like extensive corruption during his vice presidency. But so far he and his defenders have just tried to shoot the messenger. This tactic does not work, as the American people are quickly catching up on the laptop scandal.
The Rasmussen poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday nights, shows that more than two-thirds of voters followed reports on Hunter “closely”. Almost half think the story is ‘very important’ and 18% say it is ‘fairly important’.
But the politically deadliest poll question found that 48% of voters think Joe Biden probably wouldn’t have been elected president “if the media had fully reported the Hunter Biden laptop story before the election in 2020”. That compares to 45% who still think it’s likely he would have been elected.
This goes to Biden’s very legitimacy as president and shows that the media’s failure to report the laptop story was actually election interference. It’s an epic scandal that refuses to go away.