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During an interview with local Milwaukee station WISN-TV, Biden called the allegations “garbage” and a “last ditch effort” to “smear” his family ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.
Biden had yet to publicly respond to the allegations since the New York Post released its initial findings in a report last week. The Post reportedly acquired a copy of a laptop hard drive previously owned by Hunter Biden from President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, after Hunter allegedly dropped off the computer at a repair shop in 2019 but never retrieved it.
As the story garnered widespread attention, the Biden campaign repeatedly ducked opportunities to answer questions from reporters. The campaign called early morning press “lids” and released only a vague statement arguing Biden’s alleged meeting with a Burisma official was not on his “official schedule.”
During the interview, WISN reporter Adrienne Pedersen said, “Wisconsin’s Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, put out a statement on Homeland Security letterhead saying Hunter Biden, together with other Biden family members, profited off the Biden name.”
She then asked, “Is there any legitimacy to Sen. Johnson’s claims?”
Biden replied, “None whatsoever! This is the same garbage Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchman. It’s the last ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family.”
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe threw cold water on the theory Monday, plainly articulating there is “no intelligence” supporting it.
“Let me be clear,” Ratcliffe told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. “The intelligence community doesn’t believe that, because there’s no intelligence that supports that, and we have shared no intelligence with Chairman [Adam] Schiff or any other member of Congress that Hunter Biden’s laptop is part of some Russian disinformation campaign — it’s simply not true.”
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