White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday refused to commit to “basic transparency” about Hunter Biden’s alleged divestment from an investment fund controlled by Chinese state-owned entities or confirm that the first son’s infamous lost laptop is authentic when pressed by The Post.
Hunter Biden’s attorney said last month — less than a week after President Biden’s virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping — that his client had finally divested his 10 percent stake in the firm, called BHR Partners, but offered no further details on the identity of the buyer or the transaction terms.
The Post asked Psaki at Monday’s White House briefing if she would “commit to basic transparency about that transaction, including the name of the buyer, the dollar amount and the timing.”
“The president’s son is not an employee of the federal government,” Psaki shot back. “So I’d point you to his representatives.”
The son of the president -- already accused of unethical influence peddling -- has financial interests in a company -- an overseas company -- and the American people are not entitled to know about it? This after President Joe Biden promised, prior to being sworn in, that his son would be ethical and above board and transparent. THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER adds:
The question about Hunter Biden’s Chinese investments was asked in the context of the U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption, a report issued Monday, which mentioned “transparency” three dozen times as it warned that “corrupt actors bribe across borders, harness the international financial system to stash illicit wealth abroad, and abuse democratic institutions."
Biden issued a memorandum in June declaring “countering corruption” to be a “core U.S. national security interest” as he proclaimed that his administration “will lead efforts to promote good governance, bring transparency to the United States and global financial systems, prevent and combat corruption at home and abroad, and make it increasingly difficult for corrupt actors to shield their activities.”
Ms. Psaki has several problems including a violent relationship with the truth. The editorial board of THE NEW YORK POST notes:
Most of the media continue to ignore Hunter Biden like toddlers with their fingers in their ears. His laptop is “unconfirmed.” “Unsubstantiated.” “It doesn’t matter.”
The first two are obviously false, a weak excuse to cover things up for the administration. From the beginning, the laptop was substantiated: Hunter’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski confirmed his correspondence was real. Hunter Biden never denied they were his files; in fact, his memoir confirms the pictures of the drug use, prostitutes and financial documents from the laptop.
Post columnist Miranda Devine’s new book, “Laptop from Hell,” details how the Chinese gave Hunter a 3-carat diamond and includes pictures from the computer of the diamond as well as a Hunter selfie showing his back tattoo of the Finger Lakes. Were these all doctored? Hunter himself confirmed in an interview with The New Yorker that he received the diamond but just waved it off as a nice gesture.
The Biden files have been confirmed and substantiated eight ways to Sunday. Reporters just don’t want to hear it.
Meanwhile, THE DAILY MAIL reports:
A former top White House ethics official is calling out the Biden White House for a new report pointing to the potential for corruption in the murky art industry – at a time when the president's son Hunter is exhibited his expensive artwork at glitzy gallery shows.
Walter Shaub, who served as head of the Office of Government Ethics during the Obama Administration, pointed out the issue in a tweet Monday.
White House just issued a report flagging that money laundering is a
problem in the… wait for it… art sale industry,' he wrote. Then he
quoted the report saying: “The markets for art and antiquities—and the
market participants who facilitate transactions—are especially
vulnerable to a range of financial crimes.”
The fun -- and the double standard -- never stops with Hunter Biden.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshop:"
Those protests are being ignored -- again -- by the western press.
The protests continue this morning. And so does violence against the protesters. AL AHMAD TV reports today:
Why was The #MeToo movement necessary in the US? Because women's rights are given lip service from time to time but not truly honored or recognized. And that is reflected in what US news outlets choose to cover when they cover foreign countries. Certainly, THE NEW YORK TIMES' go-go boys in the Green Zone, while getting really close with Iraqi women (prostitutes) elected to ignore the women of Iraq in print. To read those early year reports is to think that Iraq had no women in the whole country. THanks for all your 'ehlp John F. Burns and Dexy. Will you ever attone for what you did? Your wrok really does qualify as a journalistic crime.
And those crimes continue to this day. The pattern set by the 'golden boys' continues. So when Iraqi women fight for their rights, the western press looks the other way. Over and over. It's really past time that women with spaces -- coumnists like you, Michelle Goldberg -- started using your space to point out how your own outlets disappear women from the coverage.
These are stories that mater and they are stories that the few western outlets that bother to cover Iraq now manage to regularly miss.
They certainly missed a death in the region yesterday. Khanzad Organization notes:
A police officer was killed by an armed suspect while responding to a domestic violence call late Saturday in Sulaimani according to officials. Several others were injured.
A person who was subject to a complaint clashed with police units from Sulaimani’s Directorate of Combatting Violence Against Women who were in the process of arresting him, the directorate’s media head Jamal Rasul told Rudaw following the accident.
Police officer Mohammed Latif was killed and three others were injured, he added. The alleged suspect also set the police car on fire, Rasul noted.