Washington Examiner.com ——-By Naomi Lim —————-Wed., Oct.21, 2020
Jill Biden referred to voters as she tried to deflect questions about her son Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings less than two weeks before the Nov. 3 general election.
The former second lady was asked about her youngest son after emails emerged suggesting he had offered to arrange a meeting between his then-vice president and now Democratic presidential nominee father Joe Biden and a top Ukrainian energy executive.
“I don’t like to see my son attacked, and certainly, I don’t like to see my husband attacked, but for me, these are distractions,” she told ABC’s The View on Wednesday.
She added, “The American people don’t want to hear these smears against my family; the American people are struggling right now.”
Joe Biden’s campaign has denied that the candidate officially met with senior Burisma Holdings figure Vadym Pozharskyi in 2015. But Biden allies admit it’s possible he informally spoke with Pozharskyi on the sideline of a United States-Ukraine event.
Biden’s aides have been cautious regarding the accusations, first broached last week in a New York Post report. In particular, they’ve latched onto former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s involvement in the story.
The emails surfaced after Delaware computer repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac recovered the hard drive of a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden, which was dropped off but never retrieved from his store. Isaac made copies of the files for the FBI and Giuliani.
Joe Biden slammed Giuliani and allegations that his family had profited from his name and elected office in a local Wisconsin TV interview on Tuesday.
“This is the same garbage — Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchmen,” he said of President Trump. “It’s a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family.”
Trump is expected to seize on the issues created by Hunter Biden during Thursday’s second and final debate.