Wednesday’s biggest headline was a bombshell report from the New York Post alleging, based on email evidence, that contrary to what Joe Biden has previously claimed, the former vice president not only knew about his son Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine, but also was introduced by Hunter “to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.”
The Biden campaign promptly issued a statement denying the Post‘s allegations — but according to Breitbart, it didn’t take long for Team Trump to strike back.
Biden plays damage control
The Post report claims that emails show Hunter Biden arranged an in-person meeting in 2015 between his father and Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company that has long been a subject of controversy for the Bidens.
The news is problematic for the current Democrat presidential nominee for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that Joe Biden has claimed to have “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”
Now, Biden’s 2020 campaign is in full damage control mode.
“[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,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement, according to Fox News.
The Trump campaign, for its part, isn’t buying it.
Trump team weighs in
According to Breitbart, Team Trump mocked the Biden campaign’s “non-denial, denial” in a statement later Wednesday. “Their response is so carefully worded that it reveals the truth in what they don’t deny,” Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020’s communications director, said in the release.
“The Biden campaign does not dispute the authenticity of the emails published by the New York Post, which serves to confirm that they are real,” Murtaugh added. “And if Joe Biden never met with Vadym Pozharskyi, the Biden campaign would say so. They do not say that.”
He went on: “Their answer basically is that the entry ‘Meeting with Ukrainian businessman buying access to the Vice President’ does not appear on Joe Biden’s official schedule.”
Indeed, Americans are going to need more than a simple statement from the Biden campaign before they’ll be able to brush this one aside — a sentiment Murtaugh echoed Wednesday.
“[The campaign] also [doesn’t] address the overarching question of why Joe Biden lied to the American people about never discussing with Hunter Biden his corrupt business dealings with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma,” Murtaugh said. “Americans deserve a full accounting of the conversations Joe Biden had with Hunter,” he added. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.