Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, declined multiple times to respond when she was asked about past comments that Hunter Biden’s 2020 laptop reporting were part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
When asked by a reporter Wednesday about the White House’s earlier dismissal of laptop reporting, Psaki said that he would point him to the Department of Justice as well as Hunter Biden’s representatives. This was after the original publication of the New York Post’s October 2020 edition. It was confirmed Wednesday by the New York Times a little over a year later. “He doesn’t work in government.”
Psaki was later questioned on the subject at the press conference. She was specifically asked about her previous comments about the laptop being “Russian disinformation”.
Psaki stated, “Again, i’d point at the Department of Justice & Hunter Biden’s reps.” “I am a spokesperson for America. He does not work for the United States.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that Hunter Biden’s laptop was authentic. It was discovered by The Times in a Wednesday report. The first son left it in Delaware before the owner of the shop turned it over to the FBI.
The new Times report was flagged by The New York Post. It focused on Hunter Biden’s international tax and business dealings. The report noted that prosecutors had looked at emails between Biden, some business associates, and that they “appear to have been from a laptop left by Mr. Biden at a Delaware repair shop” and were “authenticated by people who are familiar with them and the investigation.”
The Times had dismissed the Biden laptop story at the heights of the 2020 presidential campaign as Russian disinformation. In a September 2021 article, it claimed that The Post’s reporting about the laptop was “unsubstantiated”. After intense backlash against its inaccurate portrayal of The Post’s reporting, it removed the word from the article.
Joe Biden and Psaki also rejected the report in 2020.
Biden answered a question regarding whether he believed that the laptop was Russian disinformation during a press conference.
Fox News asked for comment, but the White House and Department of Justice didn’t immediately respond.
The original New York Post report was dismissed widely by major news networks prior to the 2020 presidential election. It was also blocked by Facebook and Twitter from being shared.
An immediate poll showed that 17% Biden voters wouldn’t have voted for him had they known the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop before they cast their ballots.