Recently disclosed emails from the National Archives provide evidence that efforts to suppress any negative news about the Biden family had commenced long before the 2020 election, even preceding attempts to hush the controversial Hunter Biden laptop story.
According to a report by Just The News, the emails in question were obtained through a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit organization America First Legal. The emails, which date back to 2015 during the Obama Administration, contain a message from an aide to then Vice President Joe Biden. In the email, the aide claims to have persuaded a journalist to include negative information about the Biden family only if “her editors hold a gun to her head.”
THREAD — America First Legal sued the National Archives to obtain the Burisma records from Biden’s time as VP.
As a result of that litigation, we obtained a trove of new docs from the archives directly linking Joe Biden to Hunter’s profiteering in Ukraine.
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— America First Legal (@America1stLegal) March 20, 2023
During Joe Biden’s time as Vice President, some members of his office reportedly took steps to suppress negative coverage related to Hunter Biden’s ties with the corrupt Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings. This was particularly true during Joe Biden’s visit to Ukraine in December 2015. Despite Joe Biden’s claims of being unaware of his son’s foreign business dealings, he personally sanctioned quotes to address the matter.
Kate Bedingfield, a former press official in the Vice President’s office, stated that the Vice President himself had “signed off” on statements regarding such matters.
“VP signed off on this – will give this quote to both reporters in my name shortly,” Bedingfield wrote in an email.
Bedingfeld expressed frustration in another email regarding reporters who had started inquiring about Hunter’s business dealings during that period. However, she noted that as long as the inquiries did not lead to further media coverage, the Vice President’s response was satisfactory.
“Really frustrating,” Bedingfeld wrote. “That said, so long as it doesn’t elevate and trigger someone else to write, it’s actually a good and straightforward response.”
Stephen Miller, the president of America First Legal, commented on the recent findings, stating, “Joe Biden and the Biden vice presidency were intimately involved in the Hunter Biden Burisma affair. They were intimately aware of it. They were intimately aware of the ethical objections, and they were intimately involved in trying to spin and control the press about it.”
Miller said, “What we are now all learning is that the National Archives has a deep state that is radically committed to stopping the public from accessing these documents and also clearly is radically committed to attacking anything or anybody that they believe is contrary to their agenda.”
As the Republican-controlled House of Representatives carries out multiple investigations into the Biden family, Hunter Biden’s association with Burisma remains central to the ongoing corruption scandal.
Notably, when Viktor Shokin, then-Prosecutor General, initiated an investigation into Burisma, then-Vice President Joe Biden allegedly threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko with not releasing $1 billion in American aid to Ukraine unless Poroshenko dismissed Shokin from his position, which ultimately happened.