Hunter Biden walked away after being confronted by two reporters during a black-tie event celebrating Kennedy Center honorees at the White House on Sunday evening. Two members of the press accosted President Joe Biden’s son to ask about Elon Musk sharing details of Twitter’s policy on handling stories on documents obtained from his alleged laptop. They also asked for a comment on GOP plans to investigate his business dealings.
Mr Biden failed to escape scrutiny despite being sat at the back of the East Room during the event, which he attended with his wife Melissa Cohen Biden at the behest of Joe Biden.
The first reporter said the President’s youngest son simply smiled at them before walking away, a move in line with his strategy not to address the press since his father’s election in 2020.
House Republicans pledged to investigate Mr Biden’s business schemes ahead of the November Mid-terms, citing a need to assess whether the President had benefitted from his dealings and had his security compromised.
Rep James Comer, a leading member of the House Oversight Committee, told the Hill before the vote: “If Joe Biden is compromised by his family’s business schemes, it is a threat to our national security.
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“Obviously, you start with Hunter … [but] it appears as though the president is involved as well, and it’s something you’re going to have to look into.”
Republicans have been eager to start the investigation ever since gaining access to a copy of Mr Biden’s alleged hard drive earlier in the year.
The hard drive was retrieved after the owner of a computer repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware claimed someone identifying himself as Hunter Biden had dropped it off in April 2019.
In the run-up to the 2020 election, the New York Post published a story containing extracts from emails contained in the laptop and levelling serious corruption allegations against Joe Biden.
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The President has repeatedly and vehemently denied the allegations, with his campaign saying in 2020 he had “never even considered being involved in business with his family, nor in any overseas business whatsoever.”
Hunter Biden has been under federal scrutiny since 2018 over dealings worth millions of dollars as well as money transfers tied to Ukraine, China and Russia.
And Elon Musk this week shared sensitive details on discussions among Twitter’s former echelons on how to handle claims about Mr Biden’s laptop.
In a data dump dubbed the Twitter Files, Mr Musk alleged Joe Biden’s team asked the platform to remove negative press about his son following the publication of The New York Post article.
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In a data dump dubbed the Twitter Files, Mr Musk and Substack reporter Matte Taibbi alleged Joe Biden’s team asked the platform to remove negative press about his son following the publication of The New York Post article.
Mr Taibbi wrote: “On October 14, 2020, the New York Post published BIDEN SECRET EMAILS, an expose based on the contents of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop.
“Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be “unsafe.” They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography.
“White House spokeswoman Kaleigh McEnany was locked out of her account for tweeting about the story, prompting a furious letter from Trump campaign staffer Mike Hahn, who seethed: “At least pretend to care for the next 20 days.”
“The decision was made at the highest levels of the company, but without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, with former head of legal, policy and trust Vijaya Gadde playing a key role.”