Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is pushing back on central claims in a New York Post report alleging the former vice president met with his son Hunter and a Ukrainian executive in 2015. The meeting was a key component in what the report ultimately claims are a violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause.
The New York Post ties the 2015 meeting allegedly sent by Burisma advisor Vadym Pozharsky to Hunter’s hiring to the Ukrainian company; Hunter using his post to coordinate a meeting between the two men; and, Biden’s alleged role in the eventual firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating the company.
The Daily Caller reports:
The Post published a copy of an email on Wednesday that was allegedly sent by Vadym Pozharsky, an advisor to Burisma’s board of directors, to Hunter Biden in April 2015 thanking the younger Biden “for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some time together.” The email was part of what the Post called a “massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer” that was dropped off at a Delaware computer repair shop in April 2019.
According to Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates, however, the meeting never took place.
“[W]e have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place,” Bates said in a statement.
“The New York Post never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story,” he continued. “They certainly never raised that Rudy Giuliani — whose discredited conspiracy theories and alliance with figures connected to Russian intelligence have been widely reported — claimed to have such materials.”
“Investigations by the press, during impeachment, and even by two Republican-led Senate committees whose work was decried as ‘not legitimate’ and political by a GOP colleague have all reached the same conclusion: that Joe Biden carried out official U.S. policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing,” Bates added.
New: Biden campaign responds to NY Post story. “The New York Post never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story…moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.” pic.twitter.com/yB2N5mvsXb
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