Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume said it’s “hard to believe” that President Joe Biden didn’t know about his son Hunter Biden’s dubious business dealings.
Appearing Monday on Special Report, Hume was asked to respond to remarks on the issue from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who said during an appearance on Fox Business: “We have plenty of bank records that show that the Biden family was in cahoots with Chinese business people that were, in turn, connected to the Communist party.”
“We can only expose the records that show that $5 million went from people in China to the Bidens, Hunter Biden,” Grassley said, adding in a separate appearance on Fox News, “We aren’t done with this yet, we’ll probably be making some more revelations yet this week.” The GOP senator said he would leave any decision on a special counsel up to Attorney General Merrick Garland, but questioned whether the Biden family business dealings have presented opportunities for blackmail.
“Well, I think it’s pretty clear … it’s not just allegations of influence peddling. I mean, clearly, Hunter Biden was peddling whatever influence was available to him through his father,” Hume said. “You know, they didn’t hire Hunter Biden because of his noted skills in any particular area. This is the son. Whatever else he may, he’s a pretty dissolute character who’s never really distinguished himself in any way and would be an unlikely person for a foreign government or foreign governments to hire to help them in Washington.”
“He was hired, obviously, because his father was, at the time, vice president and for the president now to say that, ‘Well, he never knew anything about,'” the senior analyst continued. “He said this all along. He never knew anything about his son’s business dealings or his brother’s business dealings in the same arenas. It’s a little hard to believe. After all, you know, Hunter Biden flew into China with the vice president on Air Force Two. What did they have the whole trip and the father never asked his son what he was doing over there? I mean, you know, it just doesn’t hold together.”
Anchor Bret Baier referenced the Washington Post editorial board saying the Hunter Biden laptop story was an opportunity for a reckoning over the cover-up or double standard that played out.
“This was as it turns out and we — a lot of us thought so at the time, an accurate and relevant story that broke in the New York Post with lots of detail, lots of facts alleged,” Hume replied. “And the mainstream media, it’s not just Twitter and Facebook, which disgracefully refused to allow the story to appear on their sites but also newspapers, including the Washington Post and notably the New York Times as well. Other mainstream media outlets that refused to follow up on it as you normally would do.”
Explaining how journalism used to work, he said that the media would follow up on a story like this and run down the facts, and not “make a blanket judgment without investigating whether the story is true or false or valid or not.”
“That’s not what happened here. Of course, you had intelligence agents or officials, 50 or so that came out and said it smacked of Russian disinformation. We now know it certainly was not,” Hume said. “And that they were saying so was pure speculation and politically motivated. I think the newspapers and others that covered this story up, refused to follow it up, did so for political reasons as well. They did not want Joe Biden to lose to Donald Trump and that was the bottom line.”
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