New images from the laptop of Hunter Biden surface that cast new doubts on President Joe Biden’s claims that he never discussed international business with his son.
In one of the images, Biden appears to stand next to Carlos Slim, a Mexican Billionaire, and with Hunter at the side. Two other executives and Hunter’s colleagues are in the photo as well.
According to the New York Post, the outlet that released the first report on the photo, at the time, the president’s son and his associates were working on Latin American and Mexican energy deals.
Fox News obtained photos from Hunter’s laptop, as provided by Robert Costello, Rudy Giuliani’s attorney. One of the photos had a timestamp indicating that it was taken on Nov. 19, 2015.
This timestamp also comes in line with a scheduled “Breakfast with Dad -NAVOBS” set at 8:30 a.m., per an email from the hard drive. This comes as an apparent reference to the U.S. Naval Observatory – the residence of the country’s vice president.
Files and Images From the Laptop of Hunter Biden Shows Meetings With Powerful Businessmen
In an email sent the next day by Eric Sherwin of Rosemont Seneca, a Politico Playbook headline was included. It suggests that Slim visited the D.C. area. It contained an article titled “SPOTTED: Carlos Slim in the lobby yesterday morning of the Georgetown Four Seasons.”
The president already knew some powerful foreign executives. Many of them involved politics that converge with the interests of the American people. It then remains unclear if Hunter tried to capitalize on the said existing relationship or making new connections.
Many can consider the images in the laptop typical for any influential politician. Most of them show an elected official with his children and some billionaires. However, it becomes more atypical if the politician in the photos insisted throughout his campaign that he never had any discussions regarding overseas business dealings with his son.
One of the photos in question shows the president with his son, Hunter, as well as with Slim. Also present were Interjet CEO Miguel Aleman Magnani, Interjet Chairman Miguel Aleman Velasco, Hunter’s associate Jef Cooper.
According to the Post, Cooper joined the then-vice president’s “entourage on Air Force Two to Mexico in 2016” when he and Hunter tried to negotiate a failed petroleum deal with Aleman Magnani.
Joe Biden: “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”
Also Joe Biden: pic.twitter.com/DpwCCDwDNd
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 2, 2021
President Biden Maintains his Position
Regarding the images, the White House said, per Fox News, that Biden maintains his position that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son and the influential people in the images. Meanwhile, one of Hunter’s lawyers did not immediately respond to the news outlet’s after-hours email.
The president’s critics have expressed their dismay at mainstream media as the latter still approaches this issue with willful ignorance. The Bidens never really said whether the laptop existed or not, either.
Last October, a strategic studies professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, Thomas Rid, wrote in The Washington Post that “the absence of a denial by the Biden campaign or Hunter himself should not be treated as a tacit admission of authenticity.”
Mainstream Media Continues to Willfully Ignore the Issue
During the presidential campaign, former President Donald Trump tried to direct the people’s attention to this issue. However, it failed to gain traction on mainstream media. The media dismissed it as a fringe theory. The former president also called Hunter’s laptop, “the laptop from hell” and accused Hunter of creating a business model based on the monetization of access to the older Biden.
Trump took interest in finding out how the president’s son managed to join the board of Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine, back in 2014. This happened around the time his dad had helped conduct the Obama administration’s foreign policy connected to the said country.
In a 2020 report, Republicans in Senate indicated that the younger Biden’s appointment has possibly posed a conflict of interest. However, they failed to present evidence that the said hiring influenced U.S. policies.