WASHINGTON – White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that she was « unfamiliar » with a widespread claim that a company linked to first son Hunter Biden was 3.5 Million US dollars received from the wife of the former mayor of Moscow after she was asked by the post what the payment was for.
« I’m not familiar with this claim. It doesn’t sound like as if it is backed by a lot of evidence. If you have any evidence or details I would be happy to discuss it further, ”Psaki responded at her daily press conference to a question from The Post.
Psaki said referring to a report by the committees for Senate finances and homeland security claiming, « I’m not familiar with the report at all. »
The alleged 2014 payment was widely cited during the presidential campaign last year. Then-President Donald Trump raised it frequently at public events, including campaign rallies and both presidential debates.
The claim was the subject of one of the most controversial moments in the first presidential debate between Trump and Biden. A nervous Biden denied his son got the money and called Trump a “clown.” The Senate report released in September said the Hunter Biden-affiliated company had $ 3.5 million from Elena Baturina, the widow of former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov. The senators said they did not know the purpose of the payment.
During the presidential debate in Cleveland on September 29, Trump asked Biden questions about the payment.
« Out of curiosity, the mayor of Moscow’s wife gave your son 3, $ 5 million … what did he do to make it? » Trump also noted that Hunter Biden reported $ 83,000 a month to the board of directors of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while the older Biden controlled the Obama administration’s Ukraine policies.
At the second and final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee , on October 22nd, Trump launched an attack on Biden over the report.
« Joe received $ 3.5 million from Russia. And it came through Putin because he was very friendly with the former mayor of Moscow and it was the mayor of Moscow’s wife. He got $ 3.5 million. Your family got $ 3.5 million and you know one day you’ll have to explain – why did you get three and a half [million]? « Said Trump.
After Psaki’s briefing on Wednesday, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) Tweeted, » @PressSec heard that you were unfamiliar with my and @chuckgrassley report. Here is a link. «
Hunter Biden co-founded Rosemont Seneca Partners in 2009. According to the Senate report, Hunter Biden co-founded Rosemont Seneca Thorton in 2013 – the company that received the alleged $ 3.5 million. Senate report According to Rosemont Seneca Thorton is a consortium of Rosemont Seneca Partners and the Thornton Group.
« The Thornton Group website stated that it has offices in Boston and Beijing, and lists Rosemont Seneca Partners in their list of alliances and customers and includes photos of several events Hunter Biden attends, « the Senate report said.
Hunter Biden’s attorney, George Mesires, denied paying $ 3.5 million last year at Rosemont Seneca Thornton. « Hunter Biden had no interest in Rosemont Seneca Thornton and was not a co-founder. The claim that he received $ 3.5 million is false, « Mesires said in a statement.
According to the Senate report, a Delaware computer repair man provided the Post with documents from a laptop that formerly belonged to Hunter Biden and set out his father’s apparent link to business deals in China and Ukraine.
The mechanic turned a day after the report was published about Joe Biden’s apparent conflict of interest in his son’s business relationships and the alleged transfer of 3, US $ 5 million to the Senate Homeland Security Committee and forwarded some documents.
As of last month, the first son owned 10 percent of a mutual fund controlled by Chinese state-owned companies, which was opened 12 days after the Hunter Biden joined Air Force Two for a trip to Beijing in December 2013.
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