White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to comment when confronted by reporters on the news that Hunter Biden’s laptop – dismissed by her as ‘Russian disinformation’ – had been authenticated by the New York Times.
The Political Insider wrote Thursday that the Times had observed emails obtained “from a cache of files that appears to have come from a laptop abandoned by Mr. Biden in a Delaware repair shop.”
“The email and others in the cache were authenticated by people familiar with them …” they wrote.
The acknowledgment marks a stark pivot from when the laptop was first reported on in October of 2020, a month before the presidential election, when the media launched an all-out assault to discredit its existence.
This is so much bigger than Hunter Biden, this is about how the media purposely censored this story to help the Democrats win the election.
The American people deserve to hear the truth and we must hold the media accountable. https://t.co/j3dPUgiLmB
— Tim Scott (@votetimscott) March 17, 2022
Psaki Won’t Comment on Hunter’s Laptop
A reporter at Thursday’s press briefing first approached the topic of Hunter Biden’s laptop by asking Jen Psaki about the President’s own efforts to discredit the story.
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In the final presidential debate between he and Trump, President Biden was asked by his opponent about “the laptop from hell.”
“There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what he’s accusing me of is a Russian plant,” Biden shot back. “They have said that this has all the … five former heads of the CIA, both parties, say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage.”
“Nobody believes it except him and his good friend, Rudy Giuliani.”
“Here’s Biden saying the incriminating emails on Hunter’s laptop were just “a smear campaign” and “a bunch of garbage” pic.twitter.com/QKy8UfFjWQ“
— Republican Women of Mercer County 💪🇺🇦 🇺🇸 (@RWOMC) March 18, 2022
President Biden even made the ‘Russian disinformation’ claim well after the election, responding to a question from Fox News reporter Peter Doocy about whether he still believes the story to be a smear campaign despite all signs pointing to the contrary, “Yes, yes, yes.”
“The New York Times has authenticated emails that appear to have come from a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden in Delaware,” the reporter began at Thursday’s press briefing.
“The President previously said that the New York Post story about this was ‘a bunch of garbage’ and that it was ‘a Russian plant.’ Does he stand by that assessment?” they asked.
Psaki dodged immediately, falling back on an old excuse that she can’t comment on Hunter Biden because he’s not a government employee.
“I’d point you to the Department of Justice and also to Hunter Biden’s representatives. He doesn’t work in the government,” she replied and immediately pivoted to the next question.
.@PhilipWegmann: NYT “has authenticated emails that appear to have come from a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden…The President previously said…[it] was a bunch of garbage and…it was a Russian plant. Does he stand by that[?]”
Psaki says go to DOJ and Hunter’s lawyers… pic.twitter.com/88R5B5O0EH
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 17, 2022
Reporter Challenges Psaki Herself
Another reporter at the press briefing challenged Psaki herself for efforts she personally made to spread the ‘Russian disinformation’ misinformation.
Psaki, just weeks before the election, tweeted a story about Hunter’s laptop with the headline: “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say.”
Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say https://t.co/zRdHxTxVsl
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) October 20, 2020
“If I may, you were asked about Hunter Biden’s laptop. You also, in October 2020, dismissed it as ‘Russian disinformation.’ Do you stand by that assessment?” they asked.
Again, Psaki delivered a tersely worded dodge that would put a smile on the face of Patches O’Houlihan.
“Again, I’d point to the Department of Justice and Hunter Biden’s representatives,” she responded. “I’m a spokesperson for the United States; he doesn’t work for the United States.”
“Go ahead,” she said, moving on to the next question.
Psaki is asked if she stands by calling the Hunter Biden laptop Russian disinfo:
“I’d point you to the DOJ and Hunter Biden’s representatives. I’m a spokesperson for the United States. He doesn’t work for the United States.” pic.twitter.com/ONq0TPyF1i
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 17, 2022
Funny how she could comment on it to discredit it, but not comment when it’s time to pay the piper.
Here’s Psaki in September saying emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop were “Russian disinformation” pic.twitter.com/TjvPFh9rlr
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 17, 2022
The New York Post, the only outlet initially courageous enough to report on what was plainly vital information to the American voter prior to an election, mocked the Times over their new admission that Hunter Biden’s laptop is legitimate.
“Forgive the profanity,” the Post Editorial Board wrote Thursday, “but you have got to be s–tting us.”
That should be every reporter’s response when Psaki tries to avoid questions in the future on the blatant lies she and her boss told in order to drag him across the finish line in the 2020 election.