Two huge new developments emerge in Hunter Biden laptop saga
Story continues to grow as Republicans demand probe
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The Hunter Biden scandal first broken by the New York Post continues to grow.
There were two big developments in the last 24 hours. First, Fox News got ahold of a receipt from the laptop repair shop that allegedly shows the name and signature of Hunter Biden, whose father, Joe Biden, is the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee and a former vice president.
"Documents appear to show Hunter Biden's signature on a receipt for $85 at a Delaware computer shop where he dropped off laptops that included details of his international business deals," The Daily Mail reported.
And second, a spokesman for the Biden campaign said nobody on the campaign is claiming the emails reportedly on the laptop are "inauthentic."
Biden spokesman Jenna Arnold appeared on Fox News with host Leland Vittert. Here's their exchange, via Hot Air:
"The easiest thing in the world to do: Stop with all the obfuscation," Vittert said to Arnold. "The easiest thing in the world to do would be to say, ‘These aren’t Hunter Biden’s emails.’ Nobody, including Hunter Biden, and including the campaign, has said it."
Then he asked the Biden flack: "Can anyone say that these emails are inauthentic? And so far, I haven’t heard anybody say that."
Arnold said: “I think that’s fair. I don’t think anybody is saying they are inauthentic.”
Last week, the New York Post published emails that appear to show that Hunter Biden in 2015 set up a meeting between an official with the Ukraine energy company Burisma Holdings and his father, who was vice president at the time. The Biden presidential campaign said they had no record of such a meeting, but couldn't rule out an informal meeting.
The campaign has also denied that the former Obama administration vice president committed any offense.
"Investigations by the press, during impeachment, and even by two Republican-led Senate committees whose work was decried as 'not legitimate' and political by a GOP colleague have all reached the same conclusion: that Joe Biden carried out official U.S. policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing. Trump administration officials have attested to these facts under oath," Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement.
"One email, dated May 13, 2017, and obtained by Fox News, includes a discussion of 'remuneration packages' for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy firm. The email appeared to identify Hunter Biden as 'Chair/ Vice Chair depending on an agreement with CEFC,' in an apparent reference to now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co," Fox News reported.
The email includes a note that “Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate.” A proposed equity split references “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?” with no further details, Fox reported.
House Republicans on Monday urged Attorney General William Barr to appoint a special counsel to probe allegations involving Joe Biden's participation in his son Hunter Biden's Ukraine business dealings.
"These alleged revelations raise serious questions about former Vice President Joe Biden's reported participation with his son's business, dealings, specifically whether the former vice president (1) received foreign monies during his tenure in the Obama administration and (2) if former Vice President Biden allowed his son to peddle access to his father with foreign business entities," says the letter, obtained by Fox News.
"We request that the Department of Justice immediately appoint an independent, unbiased special counsel to investigate the issues that we have raised — as well as any corresponding legal or ethical issues that might be uncovered from the former vice president's 47 years in public office," the lawmakers wrote.
President Trump on Tuesday made a similar request of Barr.