Hunter Biden was nowhere to be found when his father was running for president as controversy swirled over his business dealings overseas, including in China, but now that he has a book to sell, expect to see plenty of Hunter in the days ahead.
On Friday, CBS News was advertising an interview with President Biden’s son set to air on Sunday and in the clip, Hunter admitted that the infamous laptop abandoned at a computer repair shop could be his.
An admission that throws for a loop the media narrative that the laptop was part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
Giving the book a hearty plug, CBS said Hunter Biden “answers questions about scandals that put him front and center of the 2020 presidential campaign including claims about a laptop hard drive acquired by then-President Trump’s personal attorney.”
CBS News reporter Tracy Smith is the shown asking, “Was that your laptop?”
“For real. I don’t know,” a wide-eyed Hunter replied, unconvincingly. “I really don’t know, the answer is — that’s the truthful answer.”
Smith pressed, and he said, “I don’t have any idea. I have no idea.”
“Could it have been yours,” the reporter asked.
“Of course. Certainly,” Hunter relented. “There could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me. There could be that I was hacked. It could be that there was — that it was Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me.”
Keep in mind that when the New York Post broke the story weeks ahead of the 2020 election, Twitter and Facebook completely shut down distribution of the story, with Twitter temporarily locking the newspaper’s account.
CBS also highlighted a sympathetic clip focused on Hunter’s decades’ long battle with alcohol and drug addiction.
Hunter tearfully describes an intervention and his father chasing him to the car and grabbing him in a bearhug.
“Your father chased you?” asked CBS reporter Anthony Mason.
“Yeah. I tried to go to my car, and my girls, literally, blocked the door of my car and said, ‘Dad, dad, please. You can’t — no, no,'” Hunter said. “This was the hardest part of the book to write. And he grabbed me in a hug, he grabbed me, bear hug. And he said — just cried, said, ‘I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do.'”
When asked what he was thinking at that moment, Hunter answered he was trying to think of what he could say so they’d let him go and he could go get high.
“That’s the only thing I could think. Literally, that’s how powerful — I don’t know of a force more powerful than my family’s love except addiction,” he added.
To get a feel for how the media is responding to Hunter Biden and the controversies swirling around him, CBS co-anchor Gayle King’s remark at the end of the segment sums it up.
“What Hunter just said there I thought was — gave me goosebumps,” King said. “It’s his family’s love was just as powerful as the addiction. I’ve heard people say that.”
In reality, she flipped what Hunter said, which is that addiction was “more powerful” than his family’s love.
There was no mention of the controversy over Hunter Biden’s gun mentioned in the plug, even though there is a link to the laptop. It remains to be seen if it comes up on Sunday.
He was dating his deceased brother Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden, at the time and his former sister-in-law threw his firearm into a trash bin outside a Wilmington, Del., grocery store.
Biden appears to have lied about his drug use when purchasing the weapon, a crime, and there was a report the Secret Service tried to clean up the mess by contacting the store where the gun was bought and asking for the paperwork recording the sale — the owner refused.
The Secret Service denied any involvement, but the New York Post reported that text messages found on Hunter’s laptop referenced the incident.
“She stole the gun out of my trunk lock box and threw it in a garbage can full to the top at Jansens [sic]. Then told me it was my problem to deal with,” he wrote.
“Then when the police the FBI the secret service came on the scene she said she took it from me because she was scared I would harm myself due to my drug and alcohol problem and our volatile relationship and that she was afraid for the kids,” he added.
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