Biden Campaign Warns 2020 Democrats Not to Repeat 'Lies' About Hunter, Ukraine
Joe Biden hopes his Democratic rivals won't mention allegation during next Dem Debate
Joe Biden's 2020 campaign has sent a warning to his Democratic rivals, not to mention “discredited lies” about the former vice president's son Hunter and their family's dealings in Ukraine, during the next presidential debate.
The Biden campaign warns that any presidential candidate who “calls themselves a Democrat” must refrain from repeating the allegations.
Joe Biden's team is taking aggressive measures in an effort to deflect the mounting questions surrounding the Bidens’ business dealings in both Ukraine and China.
Following President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Biden's family activity in the Eastern European country has drawn particular attention over recent weeks.
Democrats are accusing Trump of “pressuring” Ukraine to investigate his potential election rival, Biden, who played an active role in the firing of a former top Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma Holdings.
Hunter Biden earned $83,000 per month while serving on the board for Burisma during the time his father served as vice president, despite a stunning lack of experience or qualifications for such a position.
“I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours,” Biden said during an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018.
“I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired,” he boasted.
The Biden campaign, however, is warning fellow candidates to refrain from taking a shot at the Bidens’ business dealings in China and Ukraine, and specifically the role that Hunter played.
A Biden aide warned anyone who “calls themselves a ‘Democrat’” from pushing the “discredited lies.”
If they choose to do so, they “would be making a profound statement about themselves,” the aide said, according to Bloomberg.
“Aides to some of the other candidates in the debate say they do not expect their candidates to shy away from repeating their public criticisms,” Bloomberg reported.
A top #Ukraine government official has announced during a press conference that he has documentation, that he says, proves former Vice President #JoeBiden was paid $900,000 to lobby for his son, Hunter Biden's Ukranian company, #Burisma.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) October 10, 2019
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However, Biden’s Democrat rivals have largely refrained from talking about the Bidens’ questionable business dealings, focusing on party-approved impeachment talking points instead.
The aide’s warning follows the Biden campaign’s blistering letter to New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet.
Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, who penned the letter, laid into the Times for running an op-ed by author and Breitbart Senior Contributor Peter Schweizer.
She also accused the Times of spreading “a baseless conspiracy theory advanced by Rudy Giuliani.”
This debunked theory speculates that then Vice-President Biden somehow did anything reportedly inappropriate in successfully ridding Ukraine of a corrupt prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who the Times itself thoroughly explained at the time was derelict and the target of an international effort for removal.
“What was especially troubling about the Times’s active participation in this smear campaign is that prior to its reporting on the subject by Ken Vogel, this conspiracy had been relegated to the likes of Breitbart, Russia propaganda, and another conspiracy theorist, regular Hannity guest John Solomon,” she added, ultimately demanding the Times to “publicly answer for these failures in reporting on this pressing issue fairly.”
A spokesperson for the Times said the outlet will “continue to cover Joe Biden with the same tough and fair standards we apply to every candidate in the race.”
“We’re happy to sit down with Biden advisers anytime to discuss news coverage,” the spokesperson added.
The president torched the Bidens during his rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Thursday evening, asking the crowd, “Where’s Hunter?”
“Joe’s son Hunter got thrown out of the Navy and then he became a genius on Wall Street in about two days,” Trump said.
“By the way, whatever happened to Hunter? Where the hell is he … Where’s Hunter?”
“And then they go to China … and Hunter, who’s not too smart … he goes in, he has a meeting and walks out with $1.5 billion, billion with a B, $1.5 billion,” he continued.
“Now think of it, where’s Hunter?”
“Hunter, you know nothing about energy, you know nothing about China, you know nothing about anything really. Hunter, you’re a loser,” he added.
“Why did you get $1.5 billion, Hunter?”