Following the release of shocking whistleblower testimony that suggests President Joe Biden was complicit in his son Hunter’s attempt to extort money from a Chinese Communist official in 2017, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was hounded by reporters demanding an explanation for the escalating circumstances of the scandal.
The Post Millennial reports, “The rapid slide downhill for Jean-Pierre began when a reporter asked “if the President invited Hunter to the State Dinner held in honor of Indian President Narendra Modi, would he have invited anyone who wasn’t his son, but was under a plea deal with Federal prosecutors to attend?” Jean-Pierre replied, “I’m just not gonna get into family discussion, personal family discussion.”
“That’s his son. It’s a — He’s a family member. It’s not uncommon for family members to attend events at the White House. We could look at past presidents, I’m sure you have. So that is not uncommon. As it relates to anything related to Hunter, I’m just not going to respond to it from here.”
A few correspondents may have detected metaphorical blood in the water and seized upon the Hunter digression.
According to the outlet, a second reporter followed up after referencing yet another non-response from the National Security Council’s coordinator for strategic communications, John Kirby. Kirby had previously responded to the question by stating, “It’s not an unreasonable question to ask, for the President of the United States to be involved, as this message seems to suggest, in some sort of coercive conversation for business dealings by his son.”
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According to the Washington Examiner, six reporters repeatedly demanded a statement from the Biden administration on Friday afternoon regarding the 2017 WhatsApp message that Hunter Biden allegedly sent to a Chinese official.
According to the report, Newsmax reporter James Rosen questioned Kirby, “Does this not undermine the president’s claim during the 2020 campaign and the reaffirmations of that claim by his two press secretaries since then, that he never once discussed his son’s overseas business dealings with him?”
Kirby answered, “No.” flatly adding, “I’m not going to comment further on this.” Through a terse exchange, he added, “Let me save you some breath. If you’re going to ask about this, I am not address — I am not going to address this issue from this podium.”
Then, Kirby stepped down from the podium, and Jean-Pierre assumed his position. Jean-Pierre, like Kirby, obstructed media inquiries by directing them all to the White House counsel, who responded with an exasperatingly condensed statement that said very little.
“As we have said many times before, the President was not in business with his son. As we have also said many times before, the Justice Department makes decisions in its criminal investigations independently, and in this case, the White House has not been involved,” it told the Examiner in a statement. “As the President has said, he his son and is proud of him accepting responsibility for his actions and is proud of what he is doing to rebuild his life.”
Even The New York Times demanded an explanation from the White House, with a reporter remarking, “It’s a reasonable question to ask.”
“The president of the United States is involved, as this message seems to suggest, in some sort of a coercive conversation for business dealings by his son. Is that something that, if he wasn’t, then maybe you should tell us?”
“My colleague at the White House counsel has already answered this question,” Jean-Pierre reiterated. I honestly don’t have anything to add beyond what my colleagues have shared, she dodged. Every attempt after that experienced only slight variations in the response.
As IBC Group CEO and cryptocurrency influencer Mario Nawfal tweeted, “She refused to provide a new statement, saying “nothing has changed,” and did not confirm or deny if the President was involved. Things are heating up…”