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Trumpworld flew into a frenzy Wednesday morning after the New York Post published what it described as a “smoking-gun email” purportedly showing Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, communicating with a Ukrainian official about meeting with his father.
In one alleged May 2014 email, about a month after Hunter Biden joined the board of the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings, Vadym Pozharskyi, the third-ranking executive at Burisma, emailed him asking for “advice on how you could use your influence to convey a message” or “signal.”
In another email on April 17, 2015, Pozharskyi allegedly wrote to Hunter Biden thanking him for “inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.”
President Donald Trump’s allies seized on the report as proof that the Bidens were in bed with the Ukrainian government, and that Hunter Biden took advantage of his position on Burisma’s board to link his father up with influential Ukrainian officials.
“NEWS: Biden lied when he denied speaking to his ‘son [Hunter] about his overseas business dealings,'” tweeted Kellyanne Conway, a former White House counselor to Trump. “Hunter Biden joined board of Ukrainian energy company shortly after Obama put Joe Biden in charge of US relations with Ukraine. Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for ‘advice on how you could use your INFLUENCE’ on the company’s behalf,” she added in another tweet.
“Joe Biden is a stone cold corrupt liar,” said a tweet from the Trump War Room Twitter account. “Joe Biden thinks the American people are suckers,” said another tweet from the account.
Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley latched onto the story as well, tweeting, “Joe Biden using his office to benefit a Ukrainian oligarch after he said he didn’t. He is going to need to answer questions about this.”
But a closer examination of the Post’s story raises several red flags.
Are the emails authentic, how were they uncovered, and how did the Post obtain them?
The most glaring question is whether the emails are authentic, how they were uncovered, and how the Post obtained them.
The report said that in April 2019, an unidentified person dropped off a water-damaged MacBook Pro that contained the alleged emails and other compromising material about Hunter Biden at an unidentified repair shop in Delware, which is the Biden family’s home state. The report cites the repair shop’s owner as providing that information, but does not give details on his identity.
The owner of the repair shop wasn’t sure the laptop belonged to Hunter Biden but said the machine had a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, according to the report.
The Post said that the person who dropped off the water-damaged laptop “never paid for the service or retrieved it or a hard drive on which its contents were stores, according to the shop owner, who said he tried repeatedly to contact the client.”
The shop’s owner then contacted federal authorities about the laptop and hard drive, the story said. The article also …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics