Psaki says Hunter doesn't have to say who he sold his Chinese holding to and ...

Psaki says Hunter doesn't have to say who he sold his Chinese holding to and ...
Psaki says Hunter doesn't have to say who he sold his Chinese holding to and ...

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to say who'd bought Hunter Biden's recently-sold stake in a Chinese firm - and snubbed a question on whether she now believed the president's son's notorious stolen laptop was real.  

Psaki visibly bridled when asked by the New York Post Monday about who'd bought Biden's share in  Bohai Harvest RST (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Company, a private equity firm headquartered in Shanghai.  

'The president's son is not an employee of the federal government,' Psaki replied. 

'So I'd point you to his representatives.' 

She added: 'You can go to the representative of the person who is not an employee of the federal government.' Biden sold his share of the firm last month. 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki is seen on Monday being asked about Hunter Biden divesting from BHR

White House press secretary Jen Psaki is seen on Monday being asked about Hunter Biden divesting from BHR

Hunter Biden in seen in 2010, meeting Chinese executives at the offices of Thornton Group. Hunter had long been searching for business opportunities in China, and in 2013 he was among the founders of BHR, a Chinese private equity firm

Hunter Biden in seen in 2010, meeting Chinese executives at the offices of Thornton Group. Hunter had long been searching for business opportunities in China, and in 2013 he was among the founders of BHR, a Chinese private equity firm

Psaki was then asked by The New York Post whether she believed Hunter Biden's laptop was real, with the reporter referencing a new book published by his colleague Miranda Devine entitled The Laptop From Hell.

In October 2020, she tweeted that claims about the laptop and its contents were 'stolen disinfo' - but was markedly less strident when asked if her stance had changed on Monday.  

Psaki replied: 'As it relates to the book, I've neither had the time or interest in exploring or reading the book.' 

The laptop story was first broken by the New York Post in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. It was ignored by much of the liberal media, and smeared as false online, with Twitter notoriously suspending the Post's account over the story.  

The company Hunter Biden was linked to specializes in making investments and then flipping them for a profit. 

He and two other Americans served on the board and controlled 30 per cent of BHR, with the rest of the company owned or controlled by Chinese investors that include the Bank of China, according to records filed with Chinese regulators obtained by The New York Times.

Biden's involvement in the firm has been highly controversial, and for months Psaki has been asked whether he had divested, as both President Joe Biden and Hunter promised he would.

Hunter Biden, a Harvard-educated lawyer who has detailed his battles with drug and alcohol addiction, announced in October 2019 that he would be stepping down from BHR's board over mounting scrutiny from his father's presidential bid. 

Hunter Biden is seen with his father Joe and his niece Natalie - daughter of Hunter's late brother Beau - in Nantucket on Thanksgiving

Hunter Biden is seen with his father Joe and his niece Natalie - daughter of Hunter's late brother Beau - in Nantucket on Thanksgiving

Hunter is seen in Nantucket during the Thanksgiving break with the rest of the family

Hunter is seen in Nantucket during the Thanksgiving break with the rest of the family

Hours later that same day, Joe Biden told a campaign rally in Iowa: 'No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will, in fact, have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country. Period. Period. End of story.'

Yet Hunter then struggled to disentangle himself from BHR, which was revealed by The New York Times to have, in 2016, played a key role in the transferring one of the world's most important sources of cobalt to a Chinese-government backed mining conglomerate.

Chinese records show that Biden was no longer on BHR's board as of April 2020, but he retained his stake in the company long after his father's January 2021

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