WASHINGTON, DC – On March 24th, White House press secretary Jen Psaki alleged ignorance of a widely circulated Senate report revealing that President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, received a $3.5 million transfer from Russia.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed ignorance Wednesday of a widely publicized Senate report showing President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, receiving a transfer of $3.5 million from Russia. https://t.co/GmtWMfKmoi
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 24, 2021
During a White House press briefing, Psaki was asked about the alleged monetary transfer by New York Post reporter Stephen Nelson, to which she responded with:
“Not familiar with that claim, doesn’t sound like it’s backed up by a lot of evidence if you have evidence and specifics, happy to discuss it further.”
However, when Nelson said that the allegation came from a released Senate Homeland Security Committee report that was drafted in September of 2020, Psaki then claimed:
“I am not familiar with the report at all.”
The funds referenced in the September 2020 report were reportedly wired into a bank account operated by Rosemont Seneca Thornton, a firm cofounded by Hunter Biden and his business partner Devon Archer.
“I am not familiar with the report at all” says Jen Psaki about the Senate Committee report showing a $3.5 million payment from wife of former mayor of Moscow
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 24, 2021
According to said report, these funds were allegedly transferred in February of 2014 – a period in which Joe Biden was serving as Vice President during the era of the Obama administration:
“On Feb. 14, 2014, Baturina wired $3.5 million to a Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC (Rosemont Seneca Thornton) bank account for a Consultancy Agreement DD12.02.2014. Rosemont Seneca Thornton is an investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden that was incorporated on May 28, 2013 in Wilmington, Del.
According to The Financial Times, Rosemont Seneca Thornton is a consortium that consists of Rosemont Seneca Partners and the Thornton Group, a Massachusetts-based firm.
In June 2009, Biden co-founded Rosemont Seneca Partners with Archer and Christopher Heinz.
“The Thornton Group’s website states that it has offices in Boston and Beijing, lists Rosemont Seneca Partners among its list of alliances and clients, and includes photographs from multiple events attended by Hunter Biden.”
Interestingly, during the September presidential debate between Trump and Biden, former President Trump brought up the allegation in question.
However, at the time of the debate, Biden alleged that the report was “totally discredited,” yet there’s not really tangible evidence that “totally” discredits the report, outside of clamoring that it’s a false allegation.
Despite there being little evidence to refute the allegations made in the report, Biden’s lawyer proclaimed that he was never a co-founder of Rosemont Seneca Thornton and had zero financial ties to Baturina, according to a report from the New York Times.
Biden’s lawyer, George Mesires, said the following about the Senate report:
“The Senate report falsely alleges that Hunter Biden had a financial relationship with Russian businesswoman Yelena Baturina and that he received $3.5 million from Baturina.”
While the validity to the claims made within the Senate report can certainly be debated, it does seem rather odd that President Biden’s White House press secretary would be completely oblivious to the existence of the report.
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In other news stemming from the White House, President Biden has reignited calls to see a ban on “assault weapons.”
Here’s that previous report from earlier in March.
WASHINGTON, DC – President Joe Biden announced in a White House press briefing on March 23rd that he’s going to urge both members of the House and Senate to pass gun reform legislation that will ban “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines”.
This push by the president is coming in light of the recent mass shooting that transpired in Boulder, Colorado on March 22nd.
JUST IN. President Biden calls on Congress to tighten gun laws in wake of Colorado shooting that killed 10.
“As president I’m going to use all the resources at my disposal to keep people safe,” the president says: @RebeccaShabad, @NBCNews https://t.co/W9ezoVBENe
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) March 23, 2021
Considering the events that transpired in Boulder, Colorado on March 22nd, it’s hardly surprising to see that the tragedy has swiftly reignited discussions about gun control legislation.
While the facts of the Boulder mass shooting are still being gathered, it’s without question at this point that 10 people were killed as a result of the mass shooting.
During the White House press briefing held on March 23rd, President Biden noted the following:
“As president I’m going to use all the resources at my disposal to keep the American people safe.”
President Biden continued from there, noting that while there isn’t much known about the Boulder incident, he can conclude that “10 lives were lost and that more families have been shattered by gun violence in the state of Colorado.”
President Biden calls on the Senate to “immediately pass” two recent House-passed bills that aim to reduce gun violence in wake of Colorado shooting that killed 10. https://t.co/dCVmFtedqn
— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) March 23, 2021
While acknowledging the tragedy that unfolded in Boulder, President Biden referred to Officer Eric Talley, the officer that was killed when responding to the mass shooting, as an “American hero”:
“Every time an officer walks out of his or her home, and pins that badge on, the family member they just said goodbye to wonders whether – subconsciously – whether they’ll get that call. That call that his wife got.”
“He thought he’d be coming home to his family and his seven children. But when the moment to act came, Officer Talley did not hesitate in his duty, making the ultimate sacrifice in his effort to save lives. That’s the definition of an American hero.”
Later on, during the press briefing, President Biden stated that now is the time to push forward with gun control legislation:
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future, and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act.”
“We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again. I got that done when I was a senator. It passed. It was the law for the longest time. And it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again.”
President Biden also used the press briefing to bring up how the “Charleston loophole” needs to be addressed in light of this recent shooting:
“We can close the loopholes in our background check systems – including the Charleston loophole. That’s one of the best tools we have right now to prevent gun violence.
There’s still a lot unknown and unreleased by officials regarding the Boulder incident, to include how the weapon used was acquired or what the model of the weapon used even was.
Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather details on potential gun reforms being entertained in light of the tragedy in Colorado.
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Author: Gregory Hoyt