During Friday’s White House press conference, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was flooded with questions from the press pool over the recent Hunter Biden sweetheart plea deal, as well as IRS whistleblower statements made public on Thursday. These revealed that the IRS had been hindered in their investigation by the DOJ.
When asked if Biden, who invited his son to the State Dinner on Thursday evening with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would have invited someone not related to himself if they had just reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Jean-Pierre said, "I’m just not gonna get into family discussion, personal family discussion."
"That’s his son. It’s a — He’s a family member. It’s not uncommon for family members to attend events at the White House. We could look at past presidents, I’m sure you have. So that is not uncommon. As it relates to anything related to Hunter, I’m just not going to respond to it from here."
Another reporter chimed in, piggybacking off of his colleague, noting that Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council John Kirby would answer the question before, stating "It’s not an unreasonable question to ask, for the President of the United States to be involved, as this message seems to suggest, in some sort of coercive conversation for business dealings by his son."
"I appreciate the question," Jean-Pierre responded, adding that "I believe my colleague at the White House Counsel has answered this question already, has dealt with this, has made it very clear. I just don’y have anything to share outside of what my colleagues have shared, and so I would refer you to him and the DOJ."
"Yes or no, was the President involved in —" one reporter began, before Jean-Pierre cut him off stating.
"I just answered the question. I just said — it’s not up to you how I answer the question."
When asked to reiterate what her colleagues said to the room, Jean-Pierre said, "I would refer you to them and they will share their statement with you."
She was asked if she continues to stand by previous statements made on the podium, that the president "stands by his comment from the 2020 campaign that he never once discussed his son’s overseas business dealings with his son," Jean-Pierre said, "What I will say is nothing has changed. Nothing has changed and I will leave it there."
Jean-Pierre was asked if she had spoken with Biden as to whether he was in the room when Hunter Biden sent a message to a Chinese business associate by Hunter Biden who claimed his father was next to him, to which she referred the reporter to "my colleagues at the White House Counsel" once again.
"This is not a conversation that I’ve had with the President. Again, I would refer you to the White House Counsel," she responded. Reporters continued to question.
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