With the election approaching, President Donald Trump and his allies have complained more and more: Why do the mainstream media not report the story of the “Hunter Biden” laptop?
Trump and his allies say there are alleged signs of corruption in emails and documents found on the laptop of the son of Democrat Joe Biden. They said that these and other documents show that Hunter Biden used his father’s influence to enrich himself through business transactions in Ukraine and China, and that his father not only provided him with help, but might also benefit financially.
However, the Wall Street Journal and Fox News were one of the only news organizations that had access to key documents. They found that emails and other records did not. The two news organizations concluded that these materials put aside many questions about their origins and provided no evidence that Biden played any role in his son̵
As for Ukraine, an email published by the New York Post suggested that Joe Biden might have met with representatives of the Ukrainian company that employed his son. Trump and his allies claimed that Joe Biden lied when he said he had never discussed his son’s business role. The Biden campaign denied the meeting was held.
The lack of significant new revelation may be the biggest reason why the story has not attracted attention, but it is not the only reason. Among other things: most mainstream news organizations, including NBC News, do not have access to these documents. NBC News asked through emails, text messages, phone calls and certified emails, but was eventually rejected.
Moreover, although there is no evidence that these documents are the product of Russian false information, as some experts initially suggested, there are still many questions about how the materials entered the hands of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Biden digs up the soil.
The US intelligence agency has notified the White House that Giuliani has maintained contact with so-called Russian intelligence personnel. The FBI has been investigating whether the Russians played a role, and no officials ruled out this.
At the same time, dozens of former intelligence officials said that this story bears the hallmark of Russian intelligence operations. After the 2016 election interference, the news media were particularly vigilant to take any measures to further promote foreign government intervention in the presidential election.
Another factor that reduces the coverage is that the laptop files do not seem to reveal any new content. Hunter Biden’s allegations of trading in his surname have been thoroughly discussed in previous news reports, including the lengthy investigation of the New Yorker last year, and the advocacy organization Public Citizen Organization President Robert Weisman ( Robert Weissman said: “It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Hunter’s foreign employers and partners are seeking to exploit Hunter’s relationship with Joe through undue influence or seeking contact with him.” Biden (Biden) remains in charge The report issued by the Vice President raised ethical issues regarding Burisma’s transactions.
Although the question of whether Joe Biden benefits his son from the influence of the vice president is related to the presidential election, issues of balance and proportionality are also at work.
According to the kind government advocates who criticized Hunter Biden, Trump seems to use the power of his office to enrich himself and his family morally. David Farenthold of The Washington Post used federal and other records to calculate that since Trump took office, the federal government has spent at least 250 on food and accommodation on Trump’s property. Ten thousand U.S. dollars. Earlier this month, Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska was about to run for re-election. He told supporters that Trump’s family “treated the president as a business opportunity”.
However, the stories about Trump’s children and their business dealings did not dominate the news cycle a few days before the election because they have been reported, just as the story of “Biden” has been reported. (On the other hand, Trump’s tax information has been widely reported by The New York Times because the secret tax data obtained by the newspaper reveals important new information about his tax payments and business dealings.)
“Joe Biden has no effect”
The first story about the Hunter Biden laptop appeared in the conservative tabloid “New York Post.” One of them is the former producer of Fox News critic Sean Hannity (Sean Hannity).
The New York Times reported that a postman who did most of his work refused to allow his signature to appear in the story.
The Times also reported that the Trump campaign initially bought this story into the Wall Street Journal, hoping that a mainstream news organization could confirm their claims that these documents imply corruption.
The Wall Street Journal did not do this.
The Wall Street Journal published a story that focused on the claim of a suspected transaction proposal in China-a former Hunter Biden partner Tony Bobulinski (Tony Bobulinski) He said after the laptop story broke that Biden knew his son’s arrangements very well, so he came forward.
After reviewing the text messages provided by Boblinsky, the Wall Street Journal reported: “The joint venture was established in 2017 after Mr. Biden left the vice president and before the presidential campaign. The joint venture has never been established. Receipt of proposed funds from a Chinese company or complete any transaction, and be familiar with the matter. Company records…have no effect on Joe Biden.”
At the same time, Fox News stated that it “reviewed Bobulinski’s e-mails related to the joint venture, but did not show that Biden had a business relationship with SinoHawk Holdings.” , And did not get any payment from them or the Chinese.”
An NBC News reporter asked Bobulinski to conduct an interview and provide copies of the documents he had, but he refused.
Bobulinski wrote on October 27: “All your questions will be answered on Tucker Carlson tonight.”
To promote Joe Biden’s involvement in his son’s business dealings, Bobulinski recounted his encounter with Biden, a senior citizen.
At a conference in Los Angeles in May 2017, Boblinsky said that Hunter Biden introduced him to the former vice president. He said, “I’m Tony, Dad, the person I told you Is helping us develop the business we are doing and the Chinese.”
Even if this statement was made, it rarely stated how much Joe Biden knew or whether he was involved.
The Biden campaign denied that Biden knew about the joint venture or would profit from it.
NBC News tried to obtain files on the so-called Hunter Biden laptop, but was refused.
The NBC News correspondent wrote to Giuliani two weeks ago seeking copies of these materials.
His lawyer, Robert Costello, gave correspondents the opportunity to view some Hunter Biden emails and other materials in person. These materials include copies of Hunter Biden’s identity documents that appear to be genuine. However, if you do not have these copies, you cannot perform forensic analysis that might help to identify emails and documents.
Giuliani eventually told NBC News that he would not provide hard drive copies. NBC News responded by saying whether he could provide a complete copy of the email instead of a complete hard drive copy. Giuliani did not agree with the proposal. NBC News subsequently rejected an offer to provide copies of a small group of emails.
NBC News also asked the Senate Homeland Security Committee to provide documents to Republicans, but received no response.
The key questions about the origin of the laptop and how it fell into Giuliani’s hands remain.
The owner of a computer repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware, John Paul Mac Isaac (John Paul Mac Isaac) said that he believes it was a person from Hunter Biden who was in his work in April 2019. A water-damaged Apple computer was left for repair and data recovery in the shop.
But Mac Isaac said that Biden never retrieved the machine, and at some point, he began to check the data. He said that although he never publicly explained what it was, he found material that bothered him. His lawyer said he contacted the FBI, and the FBI eventually provided a jury subpoena for the laptop and hard drive.
Mac Isaac had not heard from the FBI for months. He expressed frustration and gave a copy of the contents of the laptop to Giuliani’s lawyer.
Giuliani’s representative said that one of Giuliani’s companies received an email from Mac Isaac stating that he has a laptop and that Giuliani should pay attention to the content. The representative said that Mac Isaac provided Giuliani’s team with a copy of the hard drive.
The representative said Mike Isaac wrote to the Giuliani team after he tried to succeed with Republican congressmen.
Giuliani’s lawyer said that Mac Isaac did not request or receive payment for a copy of the drive.
The subpoena was published by the New York Post and signed by the federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wilmington.
The receipt photos provided by FBI agents to Mac Isaac have been posted on the Fox News website. It contains the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) code 272D, which is used to indicate that money laundering activities are investigated for illegal activities.
US officials declined to explain why they confiscated the laptop and what they were investigating.
NBC News tried to talk to Mac Isaac, but he did not respond to a request for comment. NBC News published an article quoting his response to “Daily Beast”. Then, his lawyer wrote a letter to NBC News, in which it said: “Since much of the information you provided is wrong, your network and affiliates should stop any further discussion of Mr. Mac Isaac.”
The conservative Sinclair Broadcasting Group reporter James Rosen (James Rosen), the largest local television operator in the United States, reported this week that an official from the Department of Justice told him that the FBI had already challenged Henry. Hunter Biden launched a criminal investigation, and his associates focused on allegations of money laundering last year-and the investigation is still ongoing.
NBC News has not confirmed any such investigations.
Rosen also reported that the FBI interviewed Bobrinski, a former colleague of Biden, last week.
A senior law enforcement officer told NBC News that Bobrinski started the interview.
Boblinsky said that the FBI told him he was “listed as an important witness,” but law enforcement officials said the FBI would not use the term in this case.
Hunter Biden’s lawyer George Mesires did not respond to NBC News’ request for comment. He did not assert-nor did the Biden campaign assert that the laptop did not belong to Hunter Biden.
If he did leave the machine in Delaware, it would be at least the second time he left the laptop.
According to two people familiar with the matter, in February, another Hunter Biden laptop landed under the supervision of DEA when they issued a search warrant against a psychiatrist in the Massachusetts office, accusing him of improper occupation. The psychiatrist was not charged with a crime.
Hunter Biden was not the target of the search or investigation. His lawyer eventually took the laptop back. It is not clear why his computer is left in the doctor’s office.