Sunday, in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden responded to reports his son Hunter used his position as vice president to leverage a “lucrative” deal with Ukrainian energy company Burisma. The New York Post has published leaks reportedly from the younger Biden’s laptop showing his business dealings overseas and more.
Biden pointed out that the intelligence community has “warned” that Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, whose lawyer was given the laptop allegedly containing the “confidential information,” was being “fed disinformation from the Russians.” He then shrugged off the story about his son as “a smear campaign.”
Host Norah O’Donnell asked Biden, “Do you believe the recent leak of material allegedly from Hunter’s computer is part of a Russian disinformation campaign?”
“From what I’ve read and know, the intelligence community warned the president that Giuliani was being fed disinformation from the Russians. And we also know that [Vladimir] Putin is trying very hard to spread disinformation about Joe Biden,” he stated. “And so, when you put the combination of Russia, Giuliani, the president together, it’s just what it is. It’s a smear campaign because he has nothing he wants to talk about.”
Biden concluded by asking of President Donald Trump, “What is he running on? What is he running on?”
Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized former Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks about oil near the end of last week’s presidential debate.
The South Carolina Republican called Biden’s comments “the dumbest idea in the world,” and explained that it was a choice on the November 3 ballot.
“Well, it is going to destroy our economy,” he said. “If we go out of the oil and gas business, millions of Americans will lose their job. Everybody who produces oil in the Middle East will be stronger. We will lose our energy independence. If we go down the road charted by Biden and Harris, China and India will be the biggest winners. We’re going to cripple our economy in the name of saving the environment. We’re not going to ask China and India to change their behavior at all. But to destroy the oil and gas business will be a boom for the Middle East. It will make us energy-dependent. Our foreign policy will change.”
“It is the dumbest idea in the world that is on the ballot,” Graham continued. “The radical nature of the Biden-Harris regime could not be more radical than destroying the oil and gas industry, making us dependent on people in the Middle East who hate our guts. You know, my opponent raised $109 million to take me out. They want the Senate so badly. They’re trying to destroy this President who has had the best presidency since Ronald Reagan. So help me. I’m up here fighting for Amy, Judge. I’m not going home until we get her on the court, lindseygraham.com. Tell every friend you’ve got. If you don’t have a friend, go make a friend. You don’t want America to be out of the oil and gas business and be dependent on the Middle East all over again, lindseygraham.com. Help me.”
On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Breitbart News senior contributor and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer discussed the foreign business deals of the Biden family and stated that “all of these deals happened while Joe Biden was vice president of the United States. … It only happened once he became a central player in American foreign policy.”
Schweizer said, “Not only did Hunter Biden, and in some cases, Joe Biden’s brothers, who also got foreign deals, not have any experience or expertise in these deals that they struck. It’s really stunning, Sean, all of these deals happened while Joe Biden was vice president of the United States. They didn’t happen before. They didn’t happen all the other time that Joe Biden was around. It only happened once he became a central player in American foreign policy.”
On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Vice President Mike Pence said that voters know that 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Vice President Joe Biden will pack the Supreme Court if he’s elected.
Pence stated that voters “deserve an answer before Election Day about whether Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are going to pack the Supreme Court. … I got to tell you, the people here in Pennsylvania, the people in Ohio earlier today, they know what’s going on. They know that what they first said about abolishing fossil fuel and banning fracking, they know that’s what they’re going to do, regardless of what they’re saying today. And when they refuse to answer whether they’re going to pack the court, they know that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are going to pack the court, add seats, put activist, leftist judges on the court.”
On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Vice President Mike Pence stated that 2020 Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden “needs to come forward and come clean about what was going on when he was running the U.S. effort in Ukraine” and that Biden’s family should also step forward. Pence also said he is stunned that after years of the Russia investigation, “suddenly, the media has lost any interest whatsoever in foreign impact or foreign efforts to influence people in American politics.”
Pence said, “[T]he American people have a right to know what Joe Biden and his family have been up to. I am — it is astonishing to me, after living through the last 3 1/2 years, 2 1/2 years of which were spent in what the president rightly calls a witch hunt investigation, investigation, not just of the president, our administration, but of his family, suddenly, the media has lost any interest whatsoever in foreign impact or foreign efforts to influence people in American politics. Joe Biden needs to come forward and come clean about what was going on when he was running the U.S. effort in Ukraine. … Joe Biden’s got to come forward. His family’s got to come forward.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Friday on MSNBC that President Donald Trump was “delusional” when he says America is turning the corner on the coronavirus pandemic.
Pelosi said, “In our legislation which I hope that the administration is just on the verge of accepting, they would, they must follow the science. They must allocate the resources in a way that, again, follows CDC guidelines to crush the virus. Everything else we’re talking about will just continue and perhaps worsen unless we crush the virus.”
She continued, “So follow the science, mask-wearing, testing, treatment, sanitation, get the job done that way. Up until now, they have resisted that. The biggest step forward I’m happy about in the negotiations is I think they’re about to embrace the science in a substantial way that, of course, also addresses the fact that more people in the minority community have died from this COVID-19 than in the white community. Children, black children, Hispanic children have five to eight times more chance of going to the hospital from COVID than a white child. So we have worked our way through this. Now, with some other differences, but we put pen to paper. We’re writing the bill, and hopefully, we’ll be able to resolve some of the other differences. We could do that before the election if the president wants to. I think he does. I think — I know we do. But we want this to be a bipartisan bill, the next bill to come to the floor, one that removes all doubt that it would become the law. ”
She added, “The president is delusional when he says we’ve turned the corner on this. We haven’t. We have miles to go.”
During CNN’s coverage of Thursday’s presidential debate, CNN reporter Daniel Dale stated that “it’s just false for Biden to say that he never said he opposed fracking.”
Dale said, “So, in this case, Trump is correct. Biden did make anti-fracking comments during the Democratic primary in 2019 and 2020, and Trump was not lying.”
After playing a clip of Biden during one of the debates, Dale added that while Biden didn’t explicitly say that he opposed fracking, he “clearly was at least very strongly suggesting that he was an opponent. Now the thing about this, the nuance here, is that was never Biden’s actual policy position. So, we had this weird, semi-comical cycle during the primary where Biden would make these broad anti-fracking comments, and then his campaign spokespeople would have to say, no, no, that’s not his actual plan, his actual plan, as it is today, is a ban on new leases for oil and gas on public land only. So, Biden is not actually proposing a complete fracking ban, but it’s just false for Biden to say that he never said he opposed fracking.”
Dale further stated that while there were “some flat false claims” by Biden, like his claims on fracking, there was an “avalanche” of falsehoods from President Trump.
Fox News host Chris Wallace said Thursday on “America’s Newsroom” that if the allegations that former Vice President Joe Biden had financially profited from his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings that would have been discovered by now.
While discussing tonight’s presidential debate, Wallace said, “It’s certainly going to be brought up tonight.”
He continued, “If Kristen Welker doesn’t bring it up — and I think she will — the president will bring it up.”
He added, “It is interesting you saw yesterday Governor Huckabee say if you want to bring it up fine, but you have to talk about what people’s concerns, their daily lives are, healthcare, economy, jobs, all that stuff. Marc Thiessen, the former speechwriter for George W. Bush, said the same thing. I think the president has to be a little careful because you heard Barack Obama yesterday point out that The New York Times had revealed that Donald Trump has — not had, but has — a secret bank in China. And said that, you know, if that had come out when he was president, people would have called him Beijing Barry. It seems to me that Biden is going to have something to come back at.”
He concluded, “The question is whether or not in fact he personally benefitted financially, the 10% for the big guy. Remember that the hard drive —it gets complicated here, the computer guy in Delaware gave to the FBI in December of 2019 — so about 10-11 months ago — they’ve had and one assumes that had Biden taken money from a foreign entity while he was vice president and had he lied because we’ve seen his tax returns from 2019 that we would have seen the fruits of that investigation by now.”
Thursday, CBS News aired a preview of 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s interview with the network’s Norah O’Donnell set to air Sunday on “60 Minutes.”
Biden told O’Donnell that if elected, he intends to put together a “bipartisan commission” to look into how to “reform the court system because it’s getting out of whack.” This comes as President Donald Trump has nominated a Supreme Court justice in the final year of his first term, a move many Democrats have criticized and threatened to retaliate by packing the court.
“If elected, I’ll put together a bipartisan commission of scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal, conservative, and I will ask them to over 180 days come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it’s getting out of whack the way in which it’s being handled,” Biden advised. “It’s not about court-packing. There’s a number of things that constitutional scholars are debated, and I’d look to see what recommendations that commission might make.”
“So, you’re telling us you’re going to study this issue about whether to pack the court?” O’Donnell asked.
“No,” Biden replied. “There’s a number of alternatives that go well beyond packing.”
He continued, “You’re going to find there’s a lot of conservative constitutional scholars that are saying it as well. The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football. Whoever has the most votes get whatever they want. Presidents come and go. Supreme Court justices stay for generations.”
On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated that based on a classified briefing he received, he believes Iran is really just trying to undermine faith in American elections, not hurt President Donald Trump, and what Iran and Russia are trying to do is “similar, in a different way of course, than what President Trump is doing, undermine confidence in our elections.”
Schumer said, “I did receive a classified briefing this afternoon on this, and so I can’t discuss the details, but I can tell you one thing: It was clear to me that the intent of Iran in this case, and Russia in many more cases, is to sow — to basically undermine confidence in our elections. This was — this action I do not believe was aimed — from my surmise, was aimed at discrediting President Trump. I heard that the DNI said that. It was, rather done to undermine confidence in our elections, aimed at Democrats, Republicans, independents, that people — what Iran and Russia — and by the way, Russia is far worse of a culprit than Iran on these things and should be focused on — but what they try to do, what they’re trying to do here is — and as your previous guest said, similar, in a different way of course, than what President Trump is doing, undermine confidence in our elections.”