Anatomy Of A Smear: Questions Surrounding The New York Post’s Hunter Biden Story

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"The series of events laid out by the conservative tabloid and pushed by Trumpworld strain credibility and suggest a crude political hit.

"With only 20 days before the presidential election, the New York Post published what it called a “smoking-gun email” in a front-page feature accusing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of high-level political corruption. Within hours of its publication, the viral story was dominating the news cycle, with aggressive promotion from President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Trumpworld seems to believe it has found an October bombshell that will damage Biden’s dominant standing in the polls. But critical elements of the story are dubious, contradictory or outright false.

As the Post tells it, Biden’s son, Hunter, left his damaged laptop — which, the story claims, contained footage of him having sex while smoking crack — at a Delaware repair shop last spring, but he never came back for it. The unnamed shop owner, unaware that the laptop was Hunter Biden’s, noticed a Beau Biden Foundation sticker on it, so he made a copy of the hard drive and gave it to Robert Costello — an attorney for Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani — who later gave it to the Post. The hard drive contained a 2015 email from a top executive at Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm, thanking Hunter for “inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and [spend] some time together.” 

The Post concludes that this is evidence of Joe Biden’s misconduct because Hunter Biden “introduced his father” to the Burisma executive “less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.” (Biden’s campaign says the alleged meeting with the Burisma executive never occurred.)

It’s a highly suspicious narrative that’s riddled with inconsistencies and other red flags. The story’s premise and very first sentence contain a glaring, long-debunked falsehood: Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor in question, was not investigating Burisma, as The Washington Post reported more than a year ago in response to Trump’s similar false claims at the time. In fact, Biden and other Western officials had pushed for Shokin’s ouster precisely because of his failure to probe the firm. The Obama-Biden administration was actually considering launching a U.S. investigation into Burisma’s alleged money laundering.

It’s one of several inconsistencies in the story’s version of events. Here are some of the biggest questions surrounding it.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/question ... e9a5ee4aad
 
 
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Just like the NYT saying they saw Trump's taxes...

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duck615 » 16 Oct 2020, 9:18 am » wrote: Just like the NYT saying they saw Trump's taxes...

And they did.

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Pengwin » 16 Oct 2020, 9:16 am » wrote: "The series of events laid out by the conservative tabloid and pushed by Trumpworld strain credibility and suggest a crude political hit.
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All the Democrat psychopaths are spreading the same ****.

The Biden laptop is real, and so is everything on it.

There is no freaking way it could or would have been planted by anyone.

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Pengwin » 16 Oct 2020, 9:16 am » wrote: "The series of events laid out by the conservative tabloid and pushed by Trumpworld strain credibility and suggest a crude political hit.

"With only 20 days before the presidential election, the New York Post published what it called a “smoking-gun email” in a front-page feature accusing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of high-level political corruption. Within hours of its publication, the viral story was dominating the news cycle, with aggressive promotion from President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Trumpworld seems to believe it has found an October bombshell that will damage Biden’s dominant standing in the polls. But critical elements of the story are dubious, contradictory or outright false.

As the Post tells it, Biden’s son, Hunter, left his damaged laptop — which, the story claims, contained footage of him having sex while smoking crack — at a Delaware repair shop last spring, but he never came back for it. The unnamed shop owner, unaware that the laptop was Hunter Biden’s, noticed a Beau Biden Foundation sticker on it, so he made a copy of the hard drive and gave it to Robert Costello — an attorney for Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani — who later gave it to the Post. The hard drive contained a 2015 email from a top executive at Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm, thanking Hunter for “inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and [spend] some time together.” 

The Post concludes that this is evidence of Joe Biden’s misconduct because Hunter Biden “introduced his father” to the Burisma executive “less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.” (Biden’s campaign says the alleged meeting with the Burisma executive never occurred.)

It’s a highly suspicious narrative that’s riddled with inconsistencies and other red flags. The story’s premise and very first sentence contain a glaring, long-debunked falsehood: Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor in question, was not investigating Burisma, as The Washington Post reported more than a year ago in response to Trump’s similar false claims at the time. In fact, Biden and other Western officials had pushed for Shokin’s ouster precisely because of his failure to probe the firm. The Obama-Biden administration was actually considering launching a U.S. investigation into Burisma’s alleged money laundering.

It’s one of several inconsistencies in the story’s version of events. Here are some of the biggest questions surrounding it.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/question ... e9a5ee4aad
Shokin claims he was fired for refusing to back off of Burisma..

Who runs the world?  Oligarchs like Burisma, US, IMF or investigators like Shokin? 

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Prove it...
who provided the taxes?

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GeorgeWashington » 16 Oct 2020, 9:25 am » wrote: Shokin claims he was fired for refusing to back off of Burisma..


 
Great, only it isn't true.  The reason so many in West wanted him gone is because he wasn't doing his job.
 

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duck615 » 16 Oct 2020, 9:26 am » wrote: Prove it...
who provided the taxes?
Someone with access to them, likely his accounting firm or an auditor, or maybe someone complying the information for the New York DA's office?
 

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Pengwin » 16 Oct 2020, 9:28 am » wrote: Someone with access to them, likely his accounting firm or an auditor, or maybe someone complying the information for the New York DA's office?

hey should come forward and tell the American people how they came upon them...

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Termin8tor » 16 Oct 2020, 9:22 am » wrote:

The Biden laptop is real, and so is everything on it.

There is no freaking way it could or would have been planted by anyone.
 
And why not?  When you take $1,500 to a shop with your data on it do you forget about it?
 

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Pengwin » 16 Oct 2020, 9:30 am » wrote: And why not?  When you take $1,500 to a shop with your data on it do you forget about it?

yes when it has evidence that could send you to jail... you want it to disappear. 

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Pengwin » 16 Oct 2020, 9:19 am » wrote:
duck615 » 16 Oct 2020, 9:18 am » wrote: Just like the NYT saying they saw Trump's taxes...

 
And they did.
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A series of felonies you obviously don't care about.
 

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Termin8tor » 16 Oct 2020, 9:31 am » wrote: .
A series of felonies you obviously don't care about.
 

 

Hard to say actually, and they are free to investigate.

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Pengwin » 16 Oct 2020, 9:30 am » wrote:
Termin8tor » 16 Oct 2020, 9:22 am » wrote: All the Democrat psychopaths are spreading the same ****.

The Biden laptop is real, and so is everything on it.

There is no freaking way it could or would have been planted by anyone.

 
And why not?  When you take $1,500 to a shop with your data on it do you forget about it?
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He's a drug addict who's gotten many millions in corrupt business dealings.

He forgot it and didn't care.

And no freaking way that kind of vastly detailed information could have been planted on it. 

No one could  have known before hand he'd lose it.
 

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Pengwin » 16 Oct 2020, 9:33 am » wrote:
Termin8tor » 16 Oct 2020, 9:31 am » wrote: A series of felonies you obviously don't care about.

 
Hard to say actually, and they are free to investigate.
No, it's not hard to say. Whoever leaked that violated federal law.

Liberal psychopaths will deny and dissemble and lie.
 

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Pengwin » 16 Oct 2020, 9:26 am » wrote:
GeorgeWashington » 16 Oct 2020, 9:25 am » wrote: Shokin claims he was fired for refusing to back off of Burisma..
Great, only it isn't true.  The reason so many in West wanted him gone is because he wasn't doing his job.

Exactly.. His job was to shut his mouth while billionaires cheat and steal. He refused and was fired.  

Burisma execs faced no criminal charges, which Shokin was pursuing.  In the end, Burisma paid US$10M and no criminal charges were filed. 

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Termin8tor » 16 Oct 2020, 9:34 am » wrote: .


And no freaking way that kind of vastly detailed information could have been planted on it. 

 
You no idea what can be done on a computer.


 

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GeorgeWashington » 16 Oct 2020, 9:40 am » wrote: Exactly.. His job was to shut his mouth while billionaires cheat and steal. He refused and was fired.  

Burisma execs faced no criminal charges, which Shokin was pursuing.  In the end, Burisma paid US$10M and no criminal charges were filed.
When canned, by his own government, he wasn't investigation anyone, including Burisma.  He was a corrupt official, likely on the take, and got fired by a reformest government.  Look into it.

This is why the EU, the IMF, the U.S., etc wanted him fired.

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biden wanted him fired because he was getting too close

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Pengwin » 16 Oct 2020, 9:41 am » wrote: You no idea what can be done on a computer.

 
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I do to a considerable degree, and I know that 1) it would take years of work and inside information to have written that massive amount of information that's on that laptop.

and 2) you're utterly full  of crap.

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