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Rigged by Mollie Hemingway

Rigged by Mollie Hemingway

Author:Mollie Hemingway
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Published: 2021-10-12T00:00:00+00:00


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It was a classic October surprise.

The New York Post reported on October 14 that the paper had obtained a slew of incriminating emails and other materials on Hunter Biden. The information came from a computer repair shop in Delaware, not far from Biden’s residence.69 Hunter Biden had reportedly dropped off his water-damaged laptop and simply forgotten to pick it up, despite repeated attempts by the shop to contact him and return his computer. According to the terms of service at the repair shop, any computers abandoned without payment became the property of the shop. The owner of the shop then turned the laptop over to the FBI, but not before he made a copy of the hard drive to give Trump confidant Rudy Giuliani.70

In addition to lewd videos and photos depicting Hunter taking drugs and engaged in sex acts, the laptop contained emails that indicated Hunter was running a pay-for-play scheme. The allegations in the emails were explosive and confirmed much of what had been reported in previous months, while also introducing new information.

In an email to Ye Jianming, the government-connected owner of the Chinese energy company CEFC who featured prominently in the Senate report, Biden demanded Jianming pay him $10 million a year “for introductions alone.”71 The emails also detailed how Biden was trying to broker a larger deal with Jianming’s doomed company, CEFC, that he described as “interesting for me and my family.”72 The proposed venture with CEFC was to be called “SinoHawk.”73 An email to Hunter Biden proposed ownership stakes in the new company, with percentages for each investor. Those stakes included 10 percent for “Jim” and “10 held by H for the big guy.”74 Neither “Jim” nor “the big guy” was identified, but speculation immediately arose that “Jim” was James Biden and “the big guy” was none other than Joe Biden.75

Even for a press corps that repeatedly demonstrated a cartoonish hostility to Trump, the reaction to the New York Post’s scoop was on another level. The immediate reaction was to discredit the story without even attempting to prove the Post’s reporting was inaccurate, despite the fact the Biden campaign didn’t dispute the authenticity of the emails.

The day after the first Post laptop story ran, Natasha Bertrand, a Politico reporter who had been criticized even by the Washington Post’s media columnist for her credulous reporting on the Steele dossier, wrote a piece headlined “Hunter Biden Story Is Russian Disinfo, Dozens of Former Intel Officials Say.”76 Bertrand cited a public letter signed by fifty former members of the military and American intelligence agencies warning that the Post’s story “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”77 Though Russian disinformation was the headline, the same letter also admitted that the intelligence officials, many of whom had track records of partisan activism, had no proof of anything. “We want to emphasize that we do not know if the e-mails, provided to the New York Post by President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, are genuine or not and that we do not have evidence of Russian involvement,” said the letter.



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