The White House on Tuesday dodged questions about a leaked voicemail President Biden purportedly left for his son Hunter Biden about his overseas business dealings, maintaining that any materials that allegedly originated from his son’s now-infamous laptop would not be discussed.
President Biden has repeatedly denied discussing Hunter’s business ventures with him. His son is currently under federal investigation for his tax affairs predicated by suspicious foreign transactions.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked Tuesday about the voicemail in question, which was first reported by the Daily Mail.
“Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you have a chance give me a call. Nothing urgent—I just wanted to talk with you,” Biden is heard saying in a voicemail from 2018. “I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear.”
The article Biden was referring to was published by the New York Times in December 2018 and reported a private meeting between the chairman of a now-defunct Chinese energy company, CEFC, and Hunter Biden at a Miami hotel in May 2017.
When asked about the voicemail, Jean-Pierre was asked why there was a voicemail of Biden speaking to Hunter Biden about his business dealings if the president has repeatedly said he has never spoken to his son about his business ventures.
“Well, first, I’ll say that what the president said stands,” Jean-Pierre said. “So, if he, if that’s what the president said, that, that is what stands.”
When pressed further, Jean-Pierre said she was “not going to talk about alleged materials from the laptop” from “the podium.”
When asked by Fox News if she was disputing that it was, in fact, Biden’s voice on the voicemail, Jean-Pierre said: “I’m not going to talk about alleged materials on the laptop.”
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