White House press secretary Jen Psaki cut off questions during Friday's briefing about Hunter Biden that were asked by a reporter at The New York Post, which broke the news of the infamous "laptop from hell" in October 2020.
New York Post reporter Steven Nelson asked Psaki about The New York Times report about the continuing federal investigation Hunter Biden is still facing.
"The New York Times reported this week that the First Son remains under criminal investigation. Does the president still intend to stay out of that case?"
Psaki said, "Yes, it's the Department of Justice, and I would point you to them."
Nelson then addressed "presidential conflicts of interest in foreign affairs."
"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," the reporter first noted to Psaki.
"Subsequent reporting indicates that President Biden, when he was vice president, had a dinner in Georgetown with the same woman in 2015," he continued.
Nelson said Yelena Baturina 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 his family? And can you explain to us what this $3.5 million was for?" Nelson prompted Psaki for an answer.
"I don't have any confirmation of the accuracy of that report, so I have no more further details," Psaki responded. "Can you say anything about the conflicts of" interest, though — how he's navigating those when deciding sanctions?" Nelson pressed. To which, Psaki volleyed: "What would be his conflicts of interest?
Nelson said, "Well, his son's company allegedly got $3.5 million from—"
Psaki interjected to say "which I have no confirmation of. And he has continued to sanction oligarchs more than we've ever sanctioned in the past," Psaki touted. "I'm not sure that's a conflict of interest, though," she maintained.
Pivoting to China, the New York Post journalist mentioned: "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?"
"He's a private citizen. He doesn't work for the government. I'd point you to his representatives," Psaki responded. "But there's a blaring conflict of interest for his father's role as president, dealing with China," the reporter pressed on.
"I think we're done here," Psaki said, at which point she fielded the next question.
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