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Biden fumes at reporter for 'dumb question' about bribery doc's reference to 'the big guy'

Biden was speaking at an event dedicated to reducing corporate junk fees.

Published: June 15, 2023 6:32pm

President Joe Biden on Thursday snapped at a New York Post reporter who inquired about an FBI source's reference to him as "the big guy" in apparent connection with an alleged bribery scheme involving Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

"Why did the Ukraine FBI informant file refer to you as the 'big guy.' Why is that term continuously applied?" the reporter asked the president, prompting him to retort "[w]hy do you ask such a dumb question?"

Biden was speaking at an event dedicated to reducing corporate junk fees.

The informant the reporter referenced is an FBI confidential human source who supplied information on the alleged bribery deal.

An unclassified FD-1023 form in the possession of the FBI details the alleged scheme in which an executive of Burisma hired now-first son Hunter Biden to secure access to his father, who was then vice president. In exchange for $5 million to each, Biden reportedly pressured then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to removed the nation's prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, who was at the time investigating the firm.

The document repeatedly makes reference to Biden as "the big guy," an evidently oft-used means of denoting the president among his business associates. The term achieved a degree of notoriety in connection with a deal that Hunter and James Biden, the president's brother, negotiated with CEFC China Energy, for which "the big guy" was reportedly due a 10% cut.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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