Biden surrogate: “I don’t think anybody is saying they are inauthentic . . . or not”
As further information is released about the content of the infamous Hunter Biden hard drive and the emails—and other damaging data—it contains, the silence thundering from the Biden campaign, Joe Biden, and even Hunter himself is deafening.
Sure, Joe got a bit testy with a reporter who dared ask about what is, by any measure, pretty disturbing information about Biden family influence peddling, but there has be no denial, no real challenge to the revelations about their potentially illegal and certainly ethically questionable activities.
It’s not working, the story is bigger than ever, and yet not a peep from the Bidens.
On Sunday, Biden, waving dismissively, refused to answer a question about the FBI seizing Hunter’s laptop.
WATCH: Joe Biden refuses to answer a question about the FBI seizing his son Hunter's laptop last year.
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) October 18, 2020
Here are some of the elements LI covered that have come to light so far:
- Emails: Top Ukrainian Exec Asked Hunter How to ‘Use Your Influence’ on Burisma’s Behalf
- Biden Not Asked at ABC Town Hall About Influence Peddling Emails Revealed In NY Post Reporting
- Tucker Carlson Exposes Biden Family Influence Peddling in Ukraine, Including New Emails
- Hunter Biden Pursued ‘Lasting and Lucrative’ Deals With Chinese Private Energy
Notably, the attempts to squelch the story and the bizarre “Russia Russia Russia” refrain sung by Democrats do not include any denials that the emails are authentic.
Indeed, here’s a Biden surrogate claiming that “I don’t think anybody is saying they are inauthentic . . . or not”:
Even the Biden campaign has not denied that the emails exposing the Biden family's corruption are real.
Biden surrogate: "I don't think anybody is saying they are inauthentic" pic.twitter.com/dqhY7WAuhI
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) October 18, 2020
Hunter’s ‘doings’ apparently include sketchy “business” dealings in Kazakhstan.
Hunter Biden is facing fresh questions over business dealing in yet another nation — Kazakhstan.
Between 2012 and 2014 — when his father Joe Biden served as Vice President — Hunter Biden worked as a go-between to Kenes Rakishev, a Kazakh oligarch with close ties to the country’s longtime kleptocratic leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, The Daily Mail reported.
The British tabloid said they obtained emails from “anti-corruption campaigners” in Kazakhstan showing Hunter making contact with Rakishev and attempting to facilitate investment for his cash in New York, Washington DC and a Nevada mining company.
Through his connections, emails show Hunter Biden successfully engineered a $1 million investment from Rakishev to filmmaker Alexandra Forbes Kerry — the daughter of ex-Sen. and former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, the report said.
. . . . As in other nations like Ukraine and China where Hunter plied his trade, Joe Biden may not have been far behind. The Mail published a photo they obtained from the “Kazakhstani Initiative on Asset Recovery” showing Hunter Biden with his beaming father alongside Rakishev.
From the Bidens? Crickets.
Jonathan Turley noted the silence and how damning it seems not just to Republican “pouncers” but to the general public interested in electing a president next month.
The Clinton emails were hacked by the Russians but they were also true. These emails show clear influence peddling, if they are authentic. Instead of addressing the specific emails or even denying their authenticity, figures like Rep. Adam Schiff simply dismissed the story as a Russian hit job.
For his part, Joe Biden dismissed reporters asking him about the emails as participating in a smear campaign. There are legitimate questions about how this information was produced (questions that the FBI is reportedly investigating). However, there are also legitimate questions about the content of some of these emails and what they say about an alleged influence peddling scheme related to a presidential candidate.
Turley goes on to list three claims one would expect to hear in light of such damning evidence of influence peddling but that have not occurred:
This was not Hunter Biden’s computer:
The most obvious response would be that this is not the computer of Hunter Biden.
. . . . Someone in the campaign must have called Hunter Biden and he had to have told them whether or not it was his laptop.
The response on ownership has been crickets for days.
These were not Hunter Biden’s photos or emails:
Even if the campaign cannot deny that the computer was Hunter Biden’s, it could deny that these incriminating pictures and emails were his.
Again, crickets . . . .
This is defamation:
Perhaps this bark is the most telling. If these emails or pictures are fabricated, it is a clear case of defamation and other tort actions.
It would seem that one of the hundreds of lawyers currently lined up by the Biden campaign would fire off an “intent to sue” letter.
. . . . One big difference between the legal and political worlds is that in the latter there is no protection for the right to remain silent. In politics, scandals can be managed but not silently. [emphasis in original]
So why so silent? Are they waiting for more shoes to drop? Are they hoping to run out the clock in hope of winning the White House next month? Are they uncertain how to spin this pretty damning evidence of influence peddling?
Near silence for days from Biden and his campaign reflects they don't know what is out there, don't know yet which story to tell. Relying on media to attack the messengers and buy them time. https://t.co/9Nr2XC0e3v
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) October 18, 2020
Apparently, we won’t hear from Biden on this or anything else for at least a
few more days. He’s reportedly hunkered in his bunker engaging in “debate prep.”
CBS's Ed O'Keefe on Face The Nation: "[Joe Biden] will not be seen again after today until Thursday night."
REMINDER: Joe Biden and his campaign have not disputed the authenticity of the bombshell emails which detail the extensive corruption of the Biden family. pic.twitter.com/obMn3QRxKS
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 18, 2020
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