Former vice president and current White House hopeful Joe Biden has come forward to say any allegations of wrongdoing against his son Hunter are nothing more than a “last-ditch effort” to smear his campaign.
According to Breitbart, the remarks from Biden came Tuesday during an interview with WISN 12 News in Milwaukee. The former vice president was reacting to revelations that have continued to mount in the days since the New York Post published its bombshell report on the contents of a hard drive from a laptop said to have been left by Hunter Biden at a Delaware computer repair shop.
The Post‘s initial report cited emails said to have been found on the hard drive that indicated Joe Biden knew more while serving as vice president about his son’s international business dealings than he has let on. In the days since, more messages and images have come to light that only raise further questions about impropriety and wrongdoing.
Biden in denial
Joe Biden, for his part, is hoping voters don’t believe any of it.
“So, Wisconsin’s Republican senator, Ron Johnson, put out a statement, on Homeland Security letterhead, saying Hunter Biden, together with other Biden family members, profited off the Biden name,” WISN 12’s Adrienne Pedersen noted in her Tuesday interview with Joe Biden, according to Breitbart. “Is there any legitimacy to Sen. Johnson’s claims?”
“None whatsoever,” the former VP responded. “This is the same garbage Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchman — it’s the last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family.”
Joe doubles down
Still responding to Johnson’s sentiment, Joe Biden also made reference to remarks made by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney (R), who ran on the Republican Party’s ticket for the White House in 2012.
According to a report from the Associated Press, Romney said last month that “it is the province of campaigns and political parties’ opposition research, the media, to carry out political endeavors, to learn about or dust up one’s opponent” — not congressional committees.
“Even the man who served with [Johnson] on that committee, the former nominee for the Republican Party, said there’s no basis to this, and…the vast majority of the intelligence people have come out and said, there’s no basis at all,” Joe Biden said Tuesday, according to Breitbart. “Ron should be ashamed of himself.”
Time to act
But contrary to what the former vice president claimed, at no point did Romney say that the allegations against Hunter Biden had “no basis” to them — and as more information continues to come out, more and more lawmakers are voicing their concerns.
According to Fox News, nearly a dozen House Republicans sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr this week asking him to appoint a special counsel to look into what they called “serious questions about former Vice President Joe Biden’s reported participation with his son’s business dealings.”
It’s a sentiment that was echoed by President Donald Trump himself. “This is major corruption, and we have to know about this before the election,” he said this week, according to a separate report from Fox. “The attorney general has to act.”