Records from the National Archives show coordination to protect the image of then-Vice President Joe Biden regarding potential corruption, bolstering a number of conservatives’ concerns about media bias toward the president.
According to the records, an aide to the then-vice president wrote in 2015 about the ability to suppress negative stories about Biden. At one point, the aide brags about convincing a reporter to publish anything negative about Biden unless “her editors hold a gun to her head.”
The emails were acquired through the efforts of former Trump adviser Stephen Miller’s America First Legal law firm. These emails show that in December 2015, the Obama White House used spin to downplay the role of Hunter Biden, the son of the then-vice president of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
Pressure to prevent negative stories included the aide writing to a Bloomberg reporter to not report on Hunter Biden’s alleged use of cocaine while in the Navy.
The aide wrote that the Bloomberg reporter was “doing everything she can not to use it.”
Conservative critics have pointed to a number of payments received by Biden’s family that they allege originate from China, totaling at least $1 million. The president’s brother Jim Biden and the president’s son Hunter Biden were a part of SinoHawk, a company that partnered with the Chinese energy company CEFC.
According to House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. James Comer (R-KY), at least three members of Biden’s family received significant payments as a part of the arrangement. This includes Hallie Biden, the president’s granddaughter.
The company Robinson Walker, LLC received #3 million from another Chinese company, State Energy HK Limited.
Comer revealed a number of other payments linked to the Biden Family, including 2017 payments to Hunter Biden from Robinson Walker LLC for $500,000.
The Biden Crime Family must be fully investigated for receiving payments from Communist China.
“10% for the big guy”https://t.co/ipyvReL3Eo
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) March 22, 2023
The Kentucky Republican said that the committee is “concerned about the national security implications,” adding that it was unclear what services the Biden family rendered to receive such large sums.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the allegations “inaccuracies and lies” during a recent press conference. She said that the issue had been talked about by Republicans for “years and years.”