WASHINGTON — The New York Post has reported emails it claims came from a computer belonging to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden. The computer had been left at a computer repair shop and not reclaimed, making it available to the owner.
National media, including the Associated Press, have declined to pursue the story with the same intensity used to pursue the leaked accusations of the Steele Report and claimed tapes about President Donald Trump that eventually were used by Democrats in the House in their failed impeachment attempt.
AP still hasn’t reported the contents of the emails, some of which have been posted on websites of congressional members and committees.
Instead, AP has reported on what it claims are “red flags” about the emails, including one source of the emails, Rudy Giuliani.
Giuliani says foreign sources didn’t provide the Hunter Biden emails. He says a laptop containing the emails was simply abandoned in a Delaware repair shop and the shop owner reached out to Giuliani’s lawyer.
AP says, “That hasn’t stopped the FBI from investigating whether the emails are part of a foreign influence operation.” Reporters from the Washington Post and The Hill who previously have published unsourced rumors are using unsourced rumors again to question the validity of the emails. So too is former CIA director James Clapper who previously lied to Congress about the intelligence community’s efforts to investigate Trump.
One 2015 email published by the Post purported to show a top adviser for Burisma, the Ukraine gas company where Hunter Biden held a board seat, thanking Biden for giving him an opportunity to meet his father when the older Biden was serving as U.S. vice president. The Biden campaign and a lawyer for Hunter Biden said they had no record of such a meeting taking place but have not addressed the authenticity of the emails.
Also at issue is the suppression of the New York Post email story by Twitter and Facebook.
—AP stories contributed to this report.