Frustrated reporters press Biden team to answer questions about Hunter scandal
The Biden transition team is refusing to answer questions on the Hunter Biden scandal. Select journalists at the Friday briefing didn’t ask a single question regarding Hunter and only a limited number of reporters were allowed to speak.
Five hand-picked reporters were called on in Friday’s Zoom briefing: the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, PBS, and Politico. The Biden team ignored questions from Fox News and others.
Getting frustrated, toward the end of the meeting, reporters started using Zoom’s “chat” function to pressure Biden officials to answer more questions.
“Hey guys, there tons of folks looking to ask questions and since this is being done once a week, could we PLEASE go longer or at least hold more frequent briefings,” Sam Stein from The Daily Beast wrote in the chat.
“Any chance you can take a few more questions? There are a lot of folks here with questions,” Zeke Miller from The Associated Press added.
“Is there a point in saying we want to ask questions if you only call on the same small group every week?” asked White House reporter Andrew Feinberg.
Hunter Biden was the topic most reporters wanted to address since Wednesday of last week when the Biden transition team issued a news release revealing that Hunter Biden was being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware over what he described as his “tax affairs.”
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” Hunter Biden said in a statement. “I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”
Hunter Biden is a subject/target of a grand jury investigation and the probe looking into his finances began in 2018. He’s also the target of a possible money-laundering investigation.
On Thursday the president-elect called questions about his son’s overseas business dealings “foul play.”
“I have, we have, great confidence in our son,” Biden told CBS’ “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert in a softball interview that aired Thursday. “I am not concerned about any accusations being made against him. It used to get to me. I think it’s kind of foul play but look, it is what it is and he’s a grown man, he is the smartest man I know. I mean, from a pure intellectual capacity – and as long as he’s good, we’re good.”
Hunter Biden is receiving scrutiny in multiple business dealings having to do with Chinese and Russian nationals. His father, President-elect Joe Biden, is also embroiled in the scandal and could possibly face charges himself. A special counsel is being proposed to look into the Hunter Biden matter.
The younger Biden was paid $50,000 per month to serve on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, sparking concerns about the perceptions of a conflict of interest and corruption given the fact that his father was involved in U.S. policy toward Ukraine. There are also serious questions concerning his ties to the Chinese Communist Party.