Eric Trump has accused presidential candidate Joe Biden of ‘hiding from one of the biggest scandals in American history’ ahead of the election next month.
President Trump’s son claimed that his father’s rival is keeping a low profile ahead of Thursday’s presidential debate because he doesn’t have the ‘stamina’ to actively campaign.
Eric Trump also claimed Biden was afraid of fielding questions about his son Hunter amid an on-going email scandal on Fox New’s ‘Hannity’ talk show on Wednesday.
Eric Trump, son of President, Donald Trump, pumps his fist as he arrives for a campaign rally, Monday, October 19 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Eric Trump has criticized Joe Biden for ‘hiding from one of the biggest scandals in American history’
‘Something is off with that,’ the president’s son told host Sean Hannity about Biden’s perceived lack of campaigning. ‘In fact it is the thing I admire most about my father, he has instilled a work ethic in Don [Jr.], myself, Ivanka and Tiffany.’
‘Work ethic is important, showing up is important,’ Trump said. ‘It’s the respect you want to show the voters. I couldn’t be more proud of my father, I couldn’t be more proud of what he’s doing.’
‘In contrast,’ he continued, ‘you have Biden, who hasn’t left his house.’
On Wednesday former President Barack Obama made his first campaign appearance for his former vice president at a drive-in rally in Philadelphia.
There, Obama delivered a ferocious attack on Trump, calling him ‘crazy,’ accusing him of lying every day, and tweeting conspiracy theories.
It was Obama’s strongest critique yet of his successor in the Oval Office. He blasted Trump for both his policies and his rhetoric. ‘That’s not normal presidential behavior,’ Obama said.
Former President Barack Obama, campaigning for Joe Biden in Philadelphia, delivered a blistering attack on Trump’s presidency
US President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a Make America Great Again rally as he campaigns in Gastonia, North Carolina
Eric Trump went on to claim that Biden is ‘hiding from one of the biggest scandals in American history’.
‘There are emails, Sean … asking for “10 … to be held by H for the big guy”, Joe Biden. And then there’s the emails with his sister … you know, “unlike what dad makes me do, I’m not going to make you have to pay … half of your salary to me.”
‘I mean, Sean, you can’t make this stuff up, and the kid’s getting money from Russia, he’s getting money from the Ukraine and he’s getting money from China and now it’s Kazakhstan and Romania and other places and he knows he can’t answer these questions,’ he claimed.
‘They have his laptop, they have the receipt with Hunter’s cell phone number on it and his signature on it, you have people on these emails that are corroborating these emails. They’re literally attesting to the fact that this was sent by Hunter.’
Hunter Biden (left) with his father Joe Biden, pictured together in 2016. Emails allegedly found on Hunter’s laptop appeared to show him making an introduction between his powerful father and a Ukrainian energy firm
The discovery of the laptop allegedly owned by Hunter has provided the Trump campaign with fresh ammunition in the final days of the election campaign.
Trump has been having a field day over a New York Post report that claims to provide proof that Joe Biden was in on his son Hunter’s foreign business deals while he was serving as President Barack Obama’s vice president.
The emails were allegedly found on the laptop, which was left at a shop before a copy of the harddrive was given to Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
Federal authorities are now investigating whether the emails were connected to a foreign intelligence operation in a bid to sway the election.
Gas company Burisma’ adviser Vadym Pozharskyi thanked Hunter for ‘an opportunity to meet your father’ in an email sent in 2015, according to the stash of data given to the New York Post by Rudy Giuliani.
Biden dismissed the claims, and his spokesman Andrew Bates said the paper ‘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 emails are among a trove being referenced by Giuliani and his team after the owner of a computer repair shop in Delaware recovered data from a MacBook pro laptop that was dropped off and never retrieved.
The Democratic candidate’s son’s photos were part of the laptop which was obtained by Rudy Giuliani’s attorney and has now been released by the president’s lawyer
The computer was seized by the FBI and its contents shared with the Post by Giuliani.
Giuliani’s lawyer Bob Costello said there are some 40,000 emails on the hard drive including thousands of texts. It also includes images of Hunter ‘in very compromising positions,’ Costello told Fox News.
On Thursday, the Washington Post claimed that the White House was warned last year that Giuliani could be used to spread Russian misinformation.
The former NYC mayor hit back on Friday claiming that he was never warned himself that he could have been used by a Russian intelligence agent to spread false information to the US.
Joe Biden also blasted Rudy Giuliani for peddling ‘garbage’ in his most extensive comments since the release of information said to be from Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Biden, doing a local TV interview from his Delaware home, exploded when WISN, a Wisconsin ABC affiliate, brought up the subject of Hunter Biden’s laptop. He called it a ‘desperate campaign’ to smear him.
There have been questions over the veracity of the email claims, with both Twitter and Facebook taking steps to stop the New York Post’s story from circulating.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reported this week that the Post reporter who wrote the story had refused to have their name put to the article, while other reporters questioned whether the paper had done enough to verify the authenticity of the alleged contents of the hard drive.
An attempt to fact check the article by the Washington Post is also said to have found reasons to believe the story to be misinformation.
The angry pushback came a day before Biden is to face President Donald Trump on a debate stage in Nashville – with Trump gearing up to accuse his rival of ‘corruption’ on stage just like he did four years ago.
HOW HUNTER’S EMAILS EXPLODED AS TWO WORLDS COLLIDED
January 2009: Hunter Biden (right) quits lobbying because his father has become vice president, and sets up investment and advisory firm firm Rosemont Seneca with friends Christopher Heinz – John Kerry’s stepson – and Devon Archer (left), a former Kerry aide
July 2010: Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, who owns its biggest natural gas company Burisma joins the government of its president Viktor Yanukovych
February 2014: Yanukovych is deposed in a revolution which claims scores of lives and Burisma Zlochevsky is thrown out of government too
April 16: Burisma is secretly accused of money-laundering by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office. On the same day Archer meets Joe Biden at the White House. Six days later Archer joins the board of Burisma
April 28: Britain’s Serious Fraud Office freeze $23 million of Burisma’s cash, every dollar which exists in the UK’s banking system
May 12: Hunter joins the board of Burisma to improve ‘corporate governance.’ Hunter’s salary is later revealed to be $50,000-a-month. Burisma board advisor Vadym Pozharskyi who had met Hunter in Lake Como, Italy, days earlier, emails him asking to ‘use his influence’ to stop prosecutions. During the summer, the new prosecutor-general of Ukraine opens an investigation into Burisma
February 2015: Senior diplomat George Kent, on temporary assignment to Kyiv, learns of Hunter’s role. He phones a staffer at Biden’s office to it could ‘create perception of a conflict of interest.’ That month Viktor Shokin takes office as Ukraine’s prosecutor general, despite already being the subject of questions about his own links to corruption
April 17: Email from Hunter’s laptop shows Pozharskyi writing Hunter: ‘thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some together.’
Summer: The Burisma investigation appears to become dormant
January 2016: Biden travels to Ukraine amid mounting international disgust at Shokin failing to tackle corruption. One of the concerns raised by the European Union and IMF is that he has failed to investigate Burisma. Biden tells Poroshenko he needs to go. He later boasts: ‘I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.’ Shokin in fact is finally removed from office in March after internal turmoil in Kyiv
2018: Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani starts ‘investigating’ the Bidens’ links to Ukraine, enlisting the help of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are now indicted on fraud charges. Ukraine’s latest prosecutor general announces he will investigate Burisma early the next year
April 12, 2019: Hunter – or a man saying he is Hunter – takes three damaged Macs to John Paul MacIsaac’s Apple repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware. MacIsaac puts data from one on a new hard drive
April 25: Joe Biden announces presidential run
July 11: The laptops have not been picked up and are now considered ‘abandoned’ according to MacIsaac’s terms and conditions
Summer: MacIsaac claims he becomes worried about what he has seen on the laptop whose contents he put on a disk, and thinks he might be killed by a Biden associate for having it in his shop
Fall: MacIsaac either contacts the FBI or is contacted by them; he has said both
December 9 or 19: The FBI pick up the laptop, but MacIsaac has made a copy for himself. Giuliani later says the shopowner has made four. They give him a grand jury subpoena to hand it over, even though he was going to anyway
Early January 2020: The FBI tell MacIsaac not to talk to anyone and to stall if a Biden representative comes to get the laptop back
February: Trump is acquitted at end of his impeachment trial
May: On Giuliani’s account, MacIsaac hands over the hard drive to Robert Costello, Giuliani’s attorney, by this month at the latest as well as trying to give it to other Republicans
September: Steve Bannon, Trump’s ex-aide and now indicted on fraud charges, tells New York Post about existence of laptop
September 28: Bannon boasts to a Dutch TV interviewer ‘I have Hunter’s hard drive’
October 11: Giuliani gives Post the hard drive
October 14: Post publishes emails and partially-clothed pictures of Hunter from the laptop – one of them with an apparent crack pipe – and says it has an 11-minute sex-and-drugs video. Giuliani promises there is ‘more to come,’ Republican senators promise to investigate but Democrats say the former New York mayor has ‘paraded with Russian agents’