A reporter challenged President Joe Biden on Monday over recent bombshell whistleblower testimony alleging the president was in the room when his son Hunter used his dad’s political power to threaten a Chinese businessman linked to the Chinese Communist Party during negotiations over a six-figure agreement.
“Did you lie about never speaking to Hunter about his business deals?” a reporter asked the president on Monday at the White House.
“No,” Biden responded before walking away.
The reporter’s question comes after the House Ways and Means Committee released whistleblower testimony from IRS supervisory agent Gary Shapley, including a text message Hunter allegedly wrote in WhatsApp to Henry Zhao on July 30, 2017.
“I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled,” the message stated. “Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction.”
“I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father,” Hunter reiterated, referring to now-President Joe Biden.
Multiple whistleblowers said a search warrant executed in August 2020 unveiled the threatening message between Hunter and Zhao, which ultimately led to a $100,000 payment to Hunter’s firm Owasco P.C.
Shapley noted that Zhao, president and CEO of Harvest Fund Management, has connections to the Chinese Communist Party.
President Biden has repeatedly denied speaking to his son about his business dealings – a claim that apparently goes unchanged despite the potentially damning whistleblower testimony.