By Megan Henney FOXBusiness
The correspondence is contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop.
‘The whole thing is insane. Joe Biden is a corrupt politician. I’ve been saying it for a long time’.
President Trump slammed Democratic rival Joe Biden as a “totally corrupt politician” after a New York Post story published on Wednesday alleged a direct link between Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and his father, then the vice president.
“The whole thing is insane. Joe Biden is a corrupt politician. I’ve been saying it for a long time,” Trump told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney during an interview on Thursday.
Newly uncovered emails obtained by New York Post suggest that Hunter Biden, introduced his father to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings in 2015, one year before his father allegedly pressured the country’s government to fire a prosecutor who had launched an investigation into the company.
The main email obtained by the Post is an April 2015 message that it said was sent to Hunter Biden by Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma’s board.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email reads.
Fox News could not independently verify the legitimacy of the emails. It’s unclear whether Joe Biden met with the executive or not.
The Biden campaign pushed back on the allegations in the report, saying that a review of the former vice president’s schedule from the time show that “no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.”
“Investigations by the press, during impeachment, and even by two Republican-led Senate committees whose work was decried as ‘not legitimate’ and political by a GOP colleague have all reached the same conclusion: that Joe Biden carried out official U.S. policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement. “Trump administration officials have attested to these facts under oath.”
The Post said it received a copy of a hard drive of a laptop containing the emails on Sunday from Rudy Giuliani, a personal lawyer for Trump. The emails were part of data that had been recovered from a laptop dropped off at a computer repair shop in Delaware in April 2019, the Post said.
The owner of the store, John Paul Mac Issac, told Fox News that he could not definitively identify the customer — who never retrieved the laptop — as Hunter Biden. Isaac told the New York Post that he determined the individual was Hunter Biden because the laptop had a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, named for his late older brother.
“I just don’t know what to say, or what I’m allowed to say,” Isaac said Wednesday. “I know that I saw, I saw stuff. And I was concerned. I was concerned that somebody might want to come looking for this stuff eventually and I wanted it out of my shop.”
Hunter Biden joined the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company, in 2014 — around the same time that his father, then vice president, was helping to conduct U.S. foreign policy in the country.
In February 2014, Ukraine had been thrust into a violent revolution when pro-European, anti-Russian protesters marched in the nation’s capital, Kyiv, ultimately overthrowing the Ukrainian government and pro-Kremlin leader. Less than one month later, the Russian military seized control of Crimea and, via a dubious referendum, annexed the peninsula.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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