Trump Campaign: 11 Questions The Media Must Ask Joe Biden About Hunter Biden ‘Selling Access’

Tim Murtaugh, the spokesperson for President Donald Trump’s campaign, said Sunday that the news media should ask Democratic rival Joe Biden “red, flashing, glaring” questions about allegations about his son, Hunter Biden, “selling access.”

Murtaugh noted that the Biden campaign had not denied the substance of reports that Hunter Biden had arranged meetings between his business partners in Ukraine and China and with then-Vice President Biden.

The reports have been based on emails purportedly discovered on a laptop abandoned at a repair shop in Delaware, and subsequently reported by the New York Post and others; and emails shared independently with Breitbart News by one of Hunter Biden’s former partners.

Biden is reported to have met with an adviser to the corrupt Ukrainian energy company, Burisma; and with executives from the China Entrepreneur Club (CEC), including Chinese billionaires and Chinese Communist Party loyalists.

The Biden campaign “does not dispute the authenticity of these emails nor do they dispute that the laptops these emails came from” belonged to Hunter Biden, Murtaugh said.
He argued that the emails showed that Joe Biden lied when he said: “I have never discussed, with my son or my brother or with anyone else, anything having to do with their businesses. Period.”

Murtaugh added that Biden had not denied any of the allegations.

“The lone exception is to say that no such meeting [with Burisma] appeared on Joe Biden’s official schedule at the time. This explanation is a joke, and it’s embarrassing to the Biden campaign that this is the best they can do.”

He noted that the Biden campaign had told Politico that it could not rule out that such a meeting might have taken place. And he noted a report in Fox News about emails that discussed 10% of one deal being set aside for someone called the “big guy.”
Murtaugh also noted that the one time a mainstream media reporter asked Biden about the allegations, Biden attacked him.

Nevertheless, Murtaugh argued, journalists covering the Biden campaign had a duty to ask him the following questions:

  1. Did Hunter drop off this laptop at that repair show in Delaware?
  2. Does the laptop belong to Hunter Biden?
  3. Why would a grand jury subpoena the laptop [which was seized by the FBI for a grand jury]?
  4. Are the emails authentic?
  5. Have you ever met any of Hunter Biden’s foreign business partners?
  6. What did you talk about with Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business partner and fellow Bursima board member, when you played golf [as captured in a photo revealed last year]?
  7. Did you meet with Vadym Pozharskyi, the Bursima executive, in that meeting [in 2015], as described in the emails?
  8. Can you explain the 10% stake n the Chinese energy company described as being specially for you, as worked out by Hunter and his business partners?
  9. Is Hunter Biden holding money for you?
  10. Do you make Hunter give him half of his income [as alleged by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, based on a text message purportedly found on the laptop]?
  11. Are you, as a candidate for President of the United States, compromised by the Chinese?

Murtaugh added that efforts by Facebook and Twitter, the “Silicon Valley mafia,” to “squelch” the story had “backfired on them, because it made it a much bigger story.”

He said that if the moderator in the third debate did not bring up the issue, President Trump would likely do so.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is The Trumpian Virtues: The Lessons and Legacy of Donald Trump’s Presidency. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Watch Live: First Presidential Debate with Donald Trump, Joe Biden

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will hold the first presidential debate on Tuesday.

The 90-minute presidential debate will start at 9:00 P.M. ET at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate the debate.

The 45th president and Biden will debate:

  • Each candidates’ records.
  • The Supreme Court
  • The coronavirus pandemic.
  • The economy.
  • Alleged racial injustice, protests, and violence.
  • The integrity of the 2020 elections.

Tuesday’s night debate will serve as the first of several to decide who will become the country’s next president and vice president.

Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Biden’s vice presidential nominee, will debate on October 7. Trump and Biden will debate again on October 15 and 22.

The Biden and Trump campaigns have reportedly sparred over whether Biden’s ears should be inspected for an electronic device before the debate. This marks a last-minute change after the Biden campaign allegedly agreed to the proposal days ago.

“Joe Biden’s handlers several days ago agreed to a pre-debate inspection for electronic earpieces but today abruptly reversed themselves and declined,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.

Follow Breitbart News for more coverage of the first presidential debate.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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Joe Biden Reverses Course, Declines to Have Ears Inspected Pre-Debate Despite Agreeing Days Ago

Joe Biden’s (D) team has reportedly rejected the Trump campaign’s request to have the former vice president’s ears inspected for an electronic device prior to Tuesday night’s debate despite agreeing to the proposal just days ago.

President Trump’s campaign has requested that a third party inspect the ears of both candidates for listening devices ahead of the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio. While Trump has agreed to the request, the Biden campaign, at the time of this writing, has reportedly declined the request. That represents a drastic shift for the former vice president’s campaign, which reportedly agreed to the request just days ago.

“Joe Biden’s campaign agreed to an inspection for electronic ear pieces at tonight’s debate several days ago but are now declining, a source familiar tells me,” the New York Post’s Ebony Bowden reported. Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s director of communications, confirmed the report:

According to reports, Biden’s team also requested breaks every 30 minutes — a request that was ultimately denied.

Over the weekend, Trump also requested that Biden undergo a drug test, either before or after the debate, citing the former vice president’s “uneven” debate performances. Biden’s campaign sharply dismissed the request and stated that the Democrat presidential hopeful “intends to deliver his debate answers in words.”

“Joe Biden’s handlers several days ago agreed to a pre-debate inspection for electronic earpieces but today abruptly reversed themselves and declined,” Murtaugh said in a statement.

“Biden’s handlers have asked for multiple breaks during the debate, which President Trump doesn’t need, so we have rejected that request,” he continued.

“On top of the refusal to take a drug test, it seems pretty obvious that the Biden team is looking for any safety net they can find in the hours leading up to the debate. With his 47 years as a failed Washington politician, how much help does Biden want?” he asked.

The commercial-free, 90-minute debate will begin at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

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The Trump Campaign Wants A Fourth Presidential Debate Before Early Voting Starts

On Wednesday, the Trump campaign formally requested a fourth presidential debate for the first week of September to allow voters a chance to see the two candidates face off before early voting begins in more than a dozen states.

Trump’s personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has been in charge of coordinating the campaign’s coordination with the presidential debate commission, made the request on behalf of Team Trump.

“By the time of the first presidential debate on September 29, 2020, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, as many as eight million Americans in 16 states will have already started voting,” Giuliani wrote to the debate commission in a letter first reported by Axios, declaring the current calendar “an outdated dinosaur.”

Three debates between Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden are currently scheduled for Sept. 29, Oct. 15, and Oct. 22 before election day Nov. 3, and one vice presidential debate for Oct. 7. If the debate commission fails to schedule a fourth debate for the first week of next month, the Trump campaign has asked the debate scheduled for Oct. 22 be moved up to the first week in September before the first set of ballots are sent out in North Carolina on Sept. 4.

The letter from the Trump campaign also included a list of suggested moderators for the prime-time event, Axios reported, which includes journalists and commentators from Fox News’ Bret Baier to ABC’s David Muir.

The letter comes on the heels of Biden’s decision to forgo a trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to formally accept the Democratic presidential nomination, spiking fears among the Trump campaign that Biden is planning to skip out on the modern tradition of debates this fall.

“We are convinced he’ll try to weasel out of debate,” Trump Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh told Axios.

As of this writing, however, the Biden campaign has reaffirmed the former vice president’s commitment to participate in the upcoming debates.