President Donald Trump has blown up rival Joe Biden's family after new emails were revealed from Hunter Biden's laptop calling the family "Grifters".
Trump used the term "grifter," which critics like Rep. Adam Schiff recently proposed to the President himself after emails were released exposing some of Hunter Biden's business ties in Ukraine at a time when his father was in an influential role the country as vice president.
“They are crooks, they have always been crooks. They are grippers and crooks, and we run against them, ”Trump told the conservative NewsMax network. & # 39; And it's a shame. It's a shame, ”he continued.
“They are crooks, they have always been crooks. They're grifters and crooks, and that's what we're up against, ”President Donald Trump said of Joe Biden's family after emails and photos were posted from Hunter Biden's laptop after Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani made them available to a newspaper would have
Hot water for the Bidens: This is one of the images published by Jäger's laptop
He called the revelations "serious stuff" and cited a New York Post report of the information a "big scandal".
“It's a very sad thing to look at. Everywhere he goes his son goes right behind him and snatches money, "Trump said.
Trump has also beaten Facebook and Twitter for destroying retweets of the story over questions about the authenticity of the information.
"So horrible that Facebook and Twitter wrote the story of" Smoking Gun "emails about Sleepy Joe Biden and his son Hunter in @NYPost," Trump tweeted on Wednesday. & # 39; It's just the beginning for her. There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician. REPEAL SECTION 230 !!! & # 39;
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone tweeted earlier Wednesday, "While I purposely won't link to the New York Post, I want to make it clear that this story can be verified by Facebook's partners for fact-checking."
He added, "In the meantime, we're reducing the spread on our platform."
Twitter said it was in breach of a policy on information that may have been hacked.
Trump's comments fueled the story amid an angry rejection from Biden Camp, despite his attorney Rudy Giuliani signaling days of additional revelations and thousands of additional emails and photos.
Giuliani, who provided the materials for the newspaper, said the president was unaware of the information.
& # 39; Because they covered it up. The President didn't know. I knew this, this part, until now, until a couple of weeks ago, about when I found out about it, ”he said.
The president's attack on the Biden family came amid many unanswered questions about how the FBI and Giuliani would get Hunter Biden's emails and photos.
An owner of a computer repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware, who claims to have given the data to Giuliani's attorney and the FBI, was reluctant to provide reporters with a clear schedule.
“I can't talk about it. I don't want to talk about the timeline. I don't want to talk about who first reached out to whom, ”John Paul MacIsaac told the Daily Beast.
He claims he passed on the information because he was scared and "if people knew what I knew, my life would be in danger".
Still, he reportedly passed the information on to those recipients after a person claiming to be Hunter Biden requested repairs on three laptops and then never returned to fetch the one with an information cache.
“I'm afraid that someone will want to make sure I don't blackmail them for money or that I don't do things with their computer. You'd silence people, ”he said.
"I was afraid for the owner (of the computer), I was afraid for the people who were involved in the content, and I just wanted it out of my store," he said.
Hunter Biden got a lucrative job at Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, which reportedly paid $ 50,000 a month.
Trump's attack comes a week after the impeachment manager Schiff wrote about him: “Trump claimed to be a great doer. He is not. Just a great grifter. & # 39;
The Washington Post reported two days ago that details of the intelligence agency protecting Trump family members drove up US government costs on Trump properties totaling $ 238,000. This is the most recent report on the Trump family business's activities while Trump was in office. Daughter Ivanka Trump is a White House advisor, her husband Jared Kushner is a key adviser, and Trump sons Eric and Don Jr. co-run the Trump Organization with an executive.
Senate judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Called Biden a "decent man" on Wednesday but said he did not trust information from Ukraine following the report.
& # 39; He's a decent man. … what happened to Hunter Biden and Ukraine is legitimate because he received money, '' Graham said amid Supreme Court affirmation hearings. "I don't trust any information from Ukraine because of Russian influence."
Giuliani, the former New York City Mayor and Trump attorney during the impeachment, has made the extraordinary claim that the Chinese government received explosive non-public emails from Hunter Biden's laptop – which he believes contain "illegal" information he has and tried to get the authorities to investigate.
Giuliani says the laptop, the contents of which he found through a computer repair store owner, contained at least 1,000 photos, some of which made it into the New York Post on Wednesday, in a story that also examined possible influences.
Donald Trump's attorney said he wanted to release the information two years ago – and beat FBI Director Chris Wray for doing nothing after saying the shopkeeper handed over the same information in the fall of 2019.
Their release at 5 a.m. in New York sparked a number of developments including:
- The Senate Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Republican Ron Johnson, said it was contacted by the "whistleblower" who owned the laptop and is investigating the matter.
- Facebook said the story was "fact-proof" and "was reducing its circulation on our platform," leading the president's son, Don Jr., to accuse the platform of "influencing the election".
- Democrats accused Giuliani of being untrustworthy, and Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tweeted, "Remember, he's been messing around with a Russian secret agent for a year."
On the podcast by Steve Bannon – the former Trump adviser now charged with fraud over his role in a crowd-funded border wall –
“I have to tell you – and that is very sensitive. The stuff we own contains 1,000 photos, maybe more, ranging from inappropriate to illegal and required to be owned by the Chinese government, ”Giuliani told former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon for his War Room: Podcast the pandemic.
Information about Hunter Biden's laptop must be "owned by the Chinese government," said Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani, which contained 1,000 photos
Giuliani appeared on former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's War Room Pandemic Show
Hunter Biden and his father Joe Biden in 2016. Hunter's business relationships in Ukraine were at the heart of the impeachment proceedings against Trump
HOW HUNTER'S EMAILS EXPLODE WHEN TWO WORLDS ARE SUMMARIZED
January 2009: Hunter Biden (right) quits lobbying because his father has become Vice President and starts the investment and advisory firm with friends Christopher Heinz – John Kerry's stepson – and Devon Archer (left), a former Kerry advisor Rosemont Seneca
July 2010: The Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, who owns the largest natural gas company Burisma, joins the government of its President Viktor Yanukovych
February 2014: Yanukovych is ousted in a revolution that claims dozens of lives, and Burisma Zlochevsky is also kicked out of government
April 16: Burisma is secretly accused of money laundering by the UK Serious Fraud Office. On the same day, Archer meets Joe Biden at the White House. Six days later, Archer joins Burisma's board of directors
April 28th: The UK Serious Fraud Office is freezing $ 23 million in Burisma's cash, every dollar that is in the UK banking system
12th of May: Hunter joins Burisma's board of directors to improve corporate governance. Hunter's salary is later listed as $ 50,000 per month. Burisma board advisor Vadym Pozharskyi, who had met Hunter a few days earlier in Lake Como, Italy, sent him an email asking him to use his influence to stop law enforcement. In the summer, the new General Prosecutor of Ukraine opens an investigation into Burisma
February 2015: The high-ranking diplomat George Kent, who was temporarily transferred to Kiev, learns of Jäger's role. He calls an employee in Biden's office to "create a perception of a conflict of interest." This month, Viktor Shokin will take up his post as Attorney General of Ukraine, despite already having questions about his own links to corruption
17th April: The email from Jäger's laptop shows Pozharskyi Hunter wrote, "Thank you for inviting me to DC and giving me the opportunity to meet your father and spend some time together."
Summer: The Burisma investigation appears to be inactive
January 2016: Biden travels to Ukraine while Shokin is increasingly disgusted internationally. The European Union and the IMF have warned that he is corrupt, and Biden tells Poroshenko that he must go. He later boasts: “I looked at her and said: I'm going in six hours. If the prosecutor isn't fired, you won't get the money. Well son of a bitch. He was fired. & # 39; Indeed, Shokin will be permanently removed from office in March after internal unrest in Kiev
2018: Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani begins "investigating" the Biden's ties to Ukraine, appealing to Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are now charged with fraud. Ukraine's youngest attorney general has announced that he will investigate Burisma early next year
April 12, 2019: Hunter brings three damaged Macs to John Paul MacIsaac's Apple Repair Facility in WIlmington, Delaware. MacIsaac saves data from one to a new hard drive
April 25: Joe Biden announces presidential election
summer: MacIsaac claims he's worried Hunter didn't pick up his laptops, saw some of what it said, and believes he could be killed by a Biden employee for having them in his shop
Fall: MacIsaac either contacts or is contacted by the FBI; he said both
December 9th or 19th: The FBI picks up the laptop, but MacIsaac made a copy for themselves. They give him a grand jury summons to hand it over, though he would anyway
Beginning of January 2020: The FBI tells MacIsaac not to speak to anyone and wait for a representative from Biden to come to get the laptop back
February: Trump will be acquitted at the end of his impeachment process
September: Steve Bannon, Trump's ex-aide and now charged with fraud, tells the New York Post of the existence of a laptop
October 11th: Giuliani gives Mail the hard drive
Oct 14: Post releases emails and partially clothed pictures of Hunter from the laptop – one with an obvious crack whistle – and says there is an 11-minute sex and drugs video. Giuliani promises "more is to come," Republican senators promise to investigate, but Democrats say the former New York mayor "showed up with Russian agents."
"If the Chinese government doesn't have these photos, they're not really a rival," said Giuliani.
"Everything the American people will see in the next five days has long been seen by China," he said. He did not provide any evidence that China had the information about Biden's son who did business there.
His comments, pointing to China, came when Twitter and Facebook blocked the sharing of the New York Post story via the cache of emails pending review and some outside observers the prospect of a possible Russia-backed hack and leak operation and pointed out Giuliani's previous collaboration with Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach in search of information about the Bidens.
The finance department identified Derkach as an "active Russian agent" last month.
Giuliani confirmed information from a computer shop owner who told the newspaper that he gave the information to the FBI last fall and blew up the office for taking part in what he called a "cover-up" by failing to act.
"The FBI director should resign," Giuliani said of FBI director Chris Wray.
Then he put together information about impeachment and a document pointing to Russian intelligence that Trump's intelligence director John Ratcliffe recently released.
"After covering up the Brennan memo," Giuliani said. "All the current FBI director did was withhold texts and emails incriminating Hillary Clinton, Biden," Giuliani said. "Now we have another one." He also added ominously, "I happen to know that there are others."
Giuliani also described itself as an urge by the office to investigate the matter, to no avail.
"You could have investigated Joe Biden for that beginning in November 2019 and it wouldn't be a political issue," he continued. I kept telling them about it. You said you are trying to address this as a political issue. I said nonsense. I'm bringing this up because it defends my client. “- Trump, said Giuliani, without saying whether he was referring specifically to the laptop or Hunter Biden in general.
Giuliani said he may have known the information for years, although he also said he only found out about the laptop weeks ago.
“Well, the other one committed these crimes. I wanted this out two years ago. I didn't want it to disturb Biden's presidency. It's the Democrats' cover-up that makes this possible, ”he told Bannon, who also led Trump's 2016 campaign and shared information about Hunter Biden with the publication.
The former mayor also brought reports that he was under investigation himself and the recent charges against Bannon for allegedly benefiting from the nonprofit group We Build the Wall.
“Any information about it was available to the FBI, and I could add the Justice Department, and they didn't bother with it because they just bothered to prove that something they knew from the start wasn't true: Russian Agreement, ”said Giuliani. "I can say that about the South District (New York), the Department of Justice and the FBI," he said.
"This is one of only three or four important things that they covered up and that would have avoided the need for persecution, which they did not just from Donald Trump but from you, me, I mean, they illegally intercepted my communications. It was found to be illegal. Nobody apologized to me for this, ”he said.
Biden in bed: A photo of the former Vice President's son, apparently sleeping, is one of the pictures Giuliani has published. It shows him with a pipe smoking crack or marijuana in his mouth
Here's Hunter: The photos of the Democratic candidate's son were part of the laptop received by Rudy Giuliani's attorney and now released by the president's attorney
Intimate pictures: An apparent mirror selfie of a topless Hunter Biden is one of the information published by Rudy Giuliani
WHO IS WHO E-MAILS OFFERED IN THE JÄGER
Joe's son and Yale-trained attorney who was a lobbyist while his father was a senator. Quit lobbying and start investment and advisory firm Rosemont Seneca with John Kerry's stepson Christopher Heinz and Kerry advisor Devon Archer. He also became a lawyer with Boies Schiller Flexner. Now lives in Los Angeles with second wife and sixth child after rehab for crack addiction
The Ukrainian natural gas producer was founded by Mykola Zlochevsky, who was Minister of Natural Resources under Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and who was ousted in a revolution in early 2014. In April of this year, Hunter Biden was appointed to Burisma's board of directors to improve corporate governance. At the same time, the British Serious Fraud Office accused the oligarch and his company of money laundering. Has been repeatedly investigated by Ukrainian prosecutors
Biden's business partner with Heinz, his roommate at Yale. Heinz and Archer argued that Biden was on board the Burisma. Archer is now being convicted in a separate scam after prosecution in New York
Advisor to the Burisma Board of Directors, who thanked Hunter in April 2015 for the opportunity to meet his father, the then Vice President. In September 2018, he met Trump's Special Envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker and other US officials
Controversial Ukrainian Prosecutor General from February 2015 to March 2016. Contradicting reports on whether he ordered a corruption investigation into Burisma; The problem remains unsolved. Widely accused of obstructing the fight against corruption in general by diplomats from the European Union, the IMF and the US, he was fired after Joe Biden demanded his removal at the moment he later boasted
Ukrainian President from June 2014 to May 2019 and also an oligarch. Controversial report on corruption: He set up an anti-corruption court, but his 2019 re-election campaign was hit by allegations made by his business partners
The Senate Homeland Security Committee says it is attempting to "validate" information from a computer business owner who claims they copied data from Hunter Biden's hard drive after the former vice president's son filed for computer repairs.
Joe Biden's presidential campaign on Wednesday rejected the story and emails in which Hunter presented an introduction between his powerful father and a Ukrainian energy company.
A lot of emails received from Jäger's laptop and revealed by Giuliani indicated that Hunter was making an effort to introduce her his father became a consultant for his Ukrainian gas company before the then vice-president advocated the dismissal of a prosecutor who had investigated the company.
Burisma consultant Vadym Pozharskyi thanked Hunter Biden in a 2015 email for the opportunity to meet your father. This emerges from the database that Giuliani had submitted to the New York Post.
Hours after the story landed, Camp Biden blew up the report, saying a file search revealed that no such meeting had taken place.
Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said the Paper & # 39;I never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story. We also checked Joe Biden's official schedules from that time and they never met, as the New York Post claims. & # 39;
Bates said, "Investigations by the press, during the impeachment, and even by two Republican-led Senate committees whose work was deemed" illegitimate "and political by a GOP colleague, have all come to the same conclusion: Joe Biden has the official US implemented policy towards Ukraine and committed no wrongdoing. Trump administration officials confirmed these facts under oath, "he said.
The email is just one of many that Giuliani and his team refer to.
Giuliani's lawyer Bob Costello said there are around 40,000 emails on the hard drive, including thousands of texts. It also includes pictures of Hunter "in very compromising positions," Costello told Fox News.
Trump's campaign picked up on the Biden campaign's response, claiming it was a confirmation of the material on Jäger's hard drive. It is real, as some external observers have raised the prospect of hacking or changes.
& # 39; The Biden campaign does not deny the authenticity of the emails published by the New York Post that confirm they are genuine. And if Joe Biden never met Vadym Pozharskyi, the Biden campaign would say so, ”said Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the Trump campaign.
& # 39; They don't say that. Basically, their answer is that the entry "Meeting with a Ukrainian businessman who buys access to the Vice President" does not appear on Joe Biden's official schedule. Their answer is so carefully worded that it reveals the truth in what they do not deny.
“Nor do they address the overriding question of why Joe Biden lied to the American people for never talking to Hunter Biden about his corrupt business relationships with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Americans deserve a full account of the conversations Joe Biden had with Hunter and the conversations Joe Biden had with Vadym Pozharskyi. «
A year after the 2015 email, Joe Biden successfully pushed for the prosecutor's removal because he was concerned about not tackling corruption shared by other countries.
The files also show Hunter repeatedly referring to his father as "my type" while writing to a colleague in Burisma, and taking pictures of him having sex, smoking drugs and partially nude selfies.
According to the Post, the collection of messages and pictures was restored to a MacBook Pro laptop that was taken to a Delaware computer store and never picked up by someone who looked like Hunter. There was a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation on it.
Giuliani said the FBI investigated it and produced a subpoena from the grand jury as evidence. It is unknown what the FBI investigation was about or what happened to it. The Presidium declined to comment.
The emails shed new light on the younger Biden's business ties in Ukraine, which were at the center of the Trump impeachment investigation, which the president has repeatedly tried to use against the Democratic candidate.
Joe Biden, who leads the polls with 20 days to go before the election, has previously said he never speaks to his son about his overseas business. His campaign offered no comment, but Jäger's lawyer accused Giuliani of promoting Russian disinformation.
Other material in the cache is said to include sexually explicit images of Hunter and footage of him smoking sex with a woman during an 11-minute video.
The Post posted four pictures of Biden in undressed states, one apparently in a bathroom, one in bed and smoking in two of them.
One shows Hunter with a pipe similar to those used to smoke crack or marijuana.
The 50-year-old Hunter has admitted cocaine use in the past and received administrative relief from the US Navy reserve in 2014 for this reason.
The file treasure was turned over to the post office by Giuliani after the owner of the computer store gave the FBI one copy and kept another.
He eventually gave it to Giuliani's attorney and the content was forwarded to the Post after the newspaper learned of its existence from former Trump aide Steve Bannon.
Giuliani has cited allegations, vehemently denied by both Biden, that Joe Biden attempted to fire Ukrainian Attorney General Viktor Shokin in order to prevent him from investigating Burisma.
Shokin had previously conducted an investigation into the company owner.
In response to the leak, Hunter Biden attorneys said Giuliani "promoted widely discredited conspiracy theories".
The lawyers did not comment directly on the content of the emails, while Joe Biden and his campaign have not yet responded.
Pozharskyi's April 2015 email came a year after the Burisma advisor wrote to Hunter asking for advice on how to use your influence.
Pozharskyi spoke of his apparent meeting with Biden, Sr., saying it was an "honor and pleasure" to be introduced to the then vice-president.
However, the email itself does not confirm that Biden met with Pozharaskyi or that Hunter spoke to his father about the intended meeting.
By the end of 2015, Biden campaigned for the elimination of Shokin, a position supported by the Obama administration, the IMF, and other western countries that viewed him as ineffective and an obstacle to corruption.
In a phone call, then-Vice-President Biden told the Ukrainian President that he would grant the country a $ 1 billion loan guarantee after Shokin was sacked.
Describing this in a speech in 2018, 77-year-old Biden said, “I looked at her and said, I'm going in six hours. If the prosecutor isn't fired, you won't get the money.
& # 39; Well, son of a b ****. He was fired. And they put in someone who was solid at the time. & # 39;
The IMF also threatened to withhold $ 40 billion from Ukraine if it failed to remove Shokin.
Burisma advisor Vadym Pozharskyi (pictured) thanked Hunter Biden in a 2015 email for the opportunity to meet your father
The Hunter Biden issue moved into the political spotlight last year after Donald Trump (pictured) campaigned for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, which led to his impeachment
Shokin was actually fired in March 2016 after his investigation into Burisma had been on hold for a while, according to reports from last year.
However, Burisma had a reputation for corruption and it was found last year that Hunter Biden's involvement "created the potential for the appearance of a conflict of interest."
Hunter joined the Burisma board of directors in 2014 for a five-year term but reportedly never visited Ukraine for corporate business during that time.
Joe Biden previously accused Giuliani of spreading "false, exposed conspiracy theories" about his son's involvement in Ukraine.
The issue returned to the spotlight last year after President Trump enlisted the new President of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens' affairs.
Trump's request resulted in his impeachment after Democrats said he had abused his powers to heavily arm Ukraine and do him a personal political favor.
Democrats said Trump used $ 391 million in foreign aid as a threat to pressure on Ukraine, but the president denied there was any "consideration". He was acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate.
A report by the House of Representatives Democrat-led Judiciary Committee said last year that there was "no legitimate basis" to accuse Joe Biden of wrongdoing.
The report argued that Shokin's removal "would have increased the likelihood that Burisma would be investigated for corruption, not the opposite, as Mr Shokin was widely viewed as ineffective and corrupt".
Trying to bring Hunter to the presidential debate in Cleveland last month, Trump said he received "tens of millions of dollars" in business.
The president also referred to Jäger's cocaine use while falsely claiming Hunter was dishonorably discharged from the US Navy Reserve.
The Democratic candidate's son was actually handed a less stringent administrative dismissal after failing a drug test.
Joe Biden said in the debate: “My son, like many other people, had a drug problem. He has overtaken it. He fixed it. He worked on it. And I'm proud of him. & # 39;
Hunter Biden's activities in Burisma were also examined by a committee in the Senate.
An email to his business partner Devon Archer when Hunter joined the company's board of directors repeatedly referred to his father as "my husband".
In the same email, Hunter discussed a Burisma contract which he believed "should have a reservation in the range of 25,000 per month".
It is reportedly a little over a week old before Joe Biden held a press conference in Ukraine with the country's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in April 2014.
"Announcing my boys' upcoming trips should be characterized as part of our advice and thinking – but what he will say and do is not in our hands," wrote Hunter Biden on April 13, 2014.
“In other words, it could be a really good thing or it could create too much expectation. We need to ease expectations regarding this visit. & # 39;
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was inadvertently involved in the impeachment series last year, said Ukrainians are "tired" and do not want Ukraine to be drawn into the 2020 presidential race.
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