Biden refused to answer, accusing the reporter of asking a "dumb question."
"Why did the Ukraine and FBI informant file refer to you as The Big Guy, Mr. President?" the reporter asked. "Why is that?"
Hands crossed, Biden smiled and snapped back, "Why'd you ask such a dumb question?"
Biden's Ukrainian bribery allegations have intensifed in recent days following the unsealing of an FD-1023 form containing details gathered by an FBI informant.
The informant alleged that Biden had taken part in a
bribery scheme during his days as vice president, and that payments were made to the Biden family by Burisma, the Ukrainian oil company at which Hunter Biden was a board member.
The FBI source alleged that the founder of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky, paid $5 million to one Biden and $5 million to another as a bribe to get Viktor Shokin, the man in charge of investigating Burisma, fired.
In 2017, Joe Biden's tax returns raised eyebrows when $10 million in earnings were chalked up to book deals.
At the time, Zlochevsky said there had been no payments made to "the big guy," but in later meetings he told the informant that he had two pieces of evidence showing proof of payment to both Hunter and Joe Biden.
On Monday, Sen. Chuck Grassley revealed that the "proof" was kept in the form of 17 audio recordings of Zlochevsky's conversations with the Bidens, which he held on to as an "insurance policy."
Republicans have called on Biden to come clean, with Rep. Nancy Mace telling Breitbart, "If he's serious about proving our allegations wrong he should release his and his family's unredacted bank records and show the American people where all this money is coming from."
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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