Welcome to this weekly update in the run-up to the US presidential election on November 3. With This Week: Why the Republican attacks on Joe Biden through his son Hunter are still inconclusive.
Evidence for ‘corruption’ Biden is not forthcoming
My name is Matthijs le Loux. I write about foreign news for Press and have been reporting on American politics since 2014. In this update I give you an overview of the big news of the week, but I mainly cover less obvious developments and ‘side-paths’ and I share facts, interesting sources and short analyzes to give you more context.
This edition is slightly shorter than you are used to, due to the buzz surrounding the latest debate between Trump and Biden. You can read my report here and below you will find our commentary video.
By the end of next week we should be able to cautiously comment on the impact (or lack thereof) of the last major meeting between the candidates on the polls, but the time remaining until November 3 – ten days – is a bit short .
During the debate, President Trump regularly attacked his opponent on the stories of the tabloid newspaper The New York Post over die e-mails.
The president did not seem to mind that his claims that Joe Biden was guilty of corruption and “should be in prison” have so far made little sense when it comes to evidence. The frantic attempts by the president’s party members and some media outlets on the right side of the political spectrum to instigate a scandal do little to change that.
The latest developments on the issue revolve around Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s business partner on a failed investment project in China. Trump claimed during the debate that Father Joe made millions from that venture. Bobulinski was in the audience as a guest of the president.
Several hours earlier, the businessman held a press conference, where he reiterated his earlier accusation that Biden was aware of his son’s venture. Bobulinski showed three old cell phones, which he says contain evidence for that statement.
The former business partner did not show journalists the evidence or give them access to the phones. This was reminiscent of Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, who has long hunted for incriminating information about the Bidens and has been at the heart of The New York Post’s recent stories. Giuliani regularly claims to have an abundance of incriminating evidence, but does not make it available for verification.
The Wall Street Journal, which is part of the same media conglomerate as Fox News and the Post and is by no means a left-wing stronghold, wrote about the statements from Hunter Biden’s former business partner: “Text messages and emails related to the company, provided by Mr. Bobulinski to this newspaper, mainly from the spring and summer of 2017, do not indicate that Hunter Biden or James Biden [de broer van Joe, red.] discussed a role for Joe Biden in the venture. “
Businessman Tony Bobulinski shows journalists a phone that he says contains incriminating information about Joe Biden. (Photo: ANP)