White House BANS NY Post From Press Event, Possibly Over Hunter
The White House press office banned The New York Post from attending President Biden’s only daytime public event on Monday, even as federal prosecutors near a decision on whether or not to criminally charge first son Hunter Biden for tax fraud and other crimes, an angle sparked by The Post’s report on Hunter’s infamous laptop in 2020.
The Post has closely covered the President’s ties to his relatives’ foreign dealings, first reporting on them in October 2020 based on files from Hunter’s abandoned laptop that link Joe Biden to ventures in China and Ukraine. This story was infamously suppressed by Twitter just a month away from the 2020 Presidential election, which was recently confirmed after the release of the Twitter files after Elon Musk’s takeover of the app.
Biden has a history of tangling with Post reporters. In February, when The Post asked the President if his family’s links to China impacted his ability to guide US policy, Biden fumed about the lack of “polite” reporters and stormed out.
The White House denied the news outlet entry to Biden’s event on Monday. The Post reported receiving a Monday email from White House staff saying as little as possible and remaining light on details.
“We are unable to accommodate your credential request to attend the Investing in Airline Accountability Remarks on 5/8. The remarks will be live-streamed and can be viewed at WH.gov. Thank you for understanding. We will let you know if a credential becomes available.”
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According to The Post itself, “The Post has the fifth-largest news website by US readership — or fourth when excluding aggregator MSN. It is the nation’s second-most-read newspaper online, and as of last year, The Post had the fifth-largest print circulation.”
What’s more, the email does not cite any particular reason for the denial, not even citing “space limitations,” as it has in the past.
The blocking of The Post, and any of its potentially pesky questions, comes as the criminal investigation of Hunter Biden nears an end, with a decision on whether or not the charge of the President’s son poised as imminent.
Biden declined reporter comments on the matter on Friday, instead opting for an interview that night with MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle.
“While there’s no ties to you, your own son could be charged by your Department of Justice … how will that impact your presidency?” Ruhle asked.
“It will not because he has done nothing wrong. And I’m proud of him,”
Biden’s reply during this exchange raises multiple questions. First is the fact that there are numerous ties between President Biden and his son’s business dealings. The initial laptop and its contents revealed this, and subpoenas of Biden family associates bank records issued by Congressional Republicans are seeking to confirm as much. Secondly, it’s unclear why Biden is so confident that very public criminal charges levied towards his son will have no impact on his presidency, regardless of their accuracy. Again, the President and his team were light on details.
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