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The New York Times has confirmed earlier reports regarding Hunter Biden's ditched laptop.
Back in April 2019, a computer repair shop owner in Delaware claimed that the first son of US President Joe Biden had 'abandoned' a damaged Apple computer.
This was later reported by the New York Post, with the laptop said to have contained 'a trove of emails, text messages, photos and financial documents between Hunter Biden, his family and business associates'.
Most notably, the laptop was reported to store footage of Biden with sex workers and taking drugs – he's been candid about his past battles with addiction, particularly in the lead up to the 2020 election – as well as correspondence between Biden and Devon Archer, who earlier served with him on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, and videos of him admitting a number of business dealings abroad.
This links back to claims from Trump supporters that the president, who served as vice president under Barack Obama, had purposely shaped American foreign policy in Ukraine to help his son, with the past report referring to an email from an adviser to the energy firm thanking Biden for 'giving [him] an opportunity to meet your father' and to spend 'some time together'.
The president's then-spokesman Andrew Bates blasted The Post's report, saying the newspaper 'never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story... moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place'.
The Times has since published an extensive report into the federal probe into Biden's tax filings, which he disclosed last year.
"I learned yesterday for the first time that the US attorney’s office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs," his past statement read.
RIGHT NOW: Joe Biden confirms that he STILL believes Hunter's laptop is "Russian disinformation" even AFTER New York Times and his own Justice Department CONFIRM authenticity.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 17, 2022
And years after New York Post and independent forensic experts CONFIRMED authenticity.
What a Jackass. pic.twitter.com/GZ3NHzY15U
"I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisers."
The newest report details how prosecutors interviewed Archer, who was sentenced last month in an unrelated fraud case, after examining emails between him, Biden and others regarding Burisma's dealings.
These emails were obtained by The Times 'from a cache of files' found on the very same laptop at the core of the past report. "The email and others in the cache were authenticated by people familiar with them and with the investigation," The Times noted.
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