‘I think we’re done here’: Furious Psaki claims ‘no confirmation’ of Senate report Hunter Biden got $3.5M from Russia

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki was relentlessly grilled during a Friday press briefing by New York Post reporter Steven Nelson who stood his ground, quizzing her on Hunter Biden allegedly receiving $3.5 billion from a Russian oligarch and whether he has divested from a Chinese company yet.

Psaki dodged answering the question on the Russian oligarch who has not been sanctioned, claiming the Biden administration has “no confirmation” on the findings of the Senate report that exposed the business dealing.

She also deflected when asked about Hunter Biden being divested or not from a Chinese investment fund that is controlled by state-owned entities.

Psaki tried to distance President Joe Biden from the questioning by laying it on the Department of Justice’s investigation of Hunter Biden. The two-step comes after the New York Times reported that he is still under investigation for tax fraud, money laundering, and foreign lobbying violations.

“Yes, it’s Department of Justice, and I would point you to them,” Psaki told the New York Post reporter and asserted “the president still intend[s] to stay out of the case.”

“On Russia, you told me last year that you were unfamiliar with the Senate report that alleged that the first son or a company linked to the first son received $3.5 million from the richest woman in Russia. Subsequent reporting indicates that President Biden, when he was vice president, had a dinner in Georgetown with the same woman in 2015,” Nelson stated.

“This Yelena Baturina, she has not been sanctioned yet by the US government. How is President Biden navigating conflicts of interest when it comes to sanctioning people who have done business with this family? And can you explain to us what this $3.5 million was for?” he asked.

The oligarch in question is Russia’s wealthiest woman, Yelena Baturina, who reportedly broke bread with the president in DC in 2015.

“I don’t have any confirmation of the accuracy of that report, so I have no further details,” Psaki demurred

The press secretary snapped when asked about Baturina. Nelson wanted to know how Biden would deal with conflicts of interest such as that one.

“Which we have no confirmation of and he’s continued to sanction oligarchs more than we’ve ever sanctioned in the past, so I’m not sure that’s a conflict of interest,” Psaki stated.

It seems fairly evident that the “confirmation” she speaks of would simply entail asking Biden about the dinner and the money.

Psaki, looking haggard, was noticeably irritated at the questioning and repeatedly tried to steer away from the reporter who refused to back down.

Nelson then shifted gears to address China and whether or not Hunter Biden was divested from a Chinese firm controlled by the Communist Chinese Party.

“He’s a private citizen. He doesn’t work for the government. I’d point you to his representatives,” Psaki snipped.

She also dodged questions on Hunter Biden’s laptop on Thursday after The New York Times admitted it was authentic following denials from the White House, the media, and Big Tech for two years. Psaki again referred inquiries to the Department of Justice on the matter.

“Last year the first son’s attorney said that he divested from a Chinese investment fund controlled by Chinese state-owned entities. We have received not even basic transparency about who bought out his stake, when this happened and how much money changed hands. Did he actually divest? And if so, can you agree to basic transparency?” Nelson asked.

“I would point you to the Department of Justice and also to Hunter Biden’s representatives – he doesn’t work in the government,” Psaki repeated when asked about the laptop.

The reporter clapped back, “but there’s a glaring conflict of interest with his father’s role as president in dealing with China.”

Biden had previously slammed the reports on the laptop as a “bunch of garbage.”

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There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what he’s accusing me of is a Russian plant,” he claimed, adding that “five former heads of the CIA, both parties, say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage.”


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