Saturday, June 17, 2023

Joe Biden Snaps at Post Reporter When Asked About ‘big guy’ Reference: ‘Why do you ask such a dumb question?”;

Joe Biden snaps at Post reporter when asked about ‘big guy’ reference: ‘Why do you ask such a dumb question?”:
President Biden lashed out Thursday when asked why he’s called the “big guy” in an FBI informant file accusing him of accepting a $5 million bribe from a Ukrainian businessman while vice president.
“Why did the Ukraine FBI informant file refer to you as the ‘big guy’, President Biden? Why is that term continuously applied?” The Post asked Biden at an event focused on reducing corporate junk fees.
“Why do you ask such a dumb question?” the 80-year-old president snapped.
An informant told the FBI in June 2020 that an executive at Ukrainian gas company Burisma confided that he bribed Joe and Hunter Biden and called the elder Biden the “big guy,” according to congressional sources who read the file.
Republicans say the nickname’s use is significant because it was not publicly known at the time. Nearly four months later, The Post reported in October 2020 that an email from first son Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop said the “big guy” was due 10% in a business deal with CEFC China Energy.
“Americans are concerned President Biden may have sold out the United States to make money for himself. But President Biden is only laughing about it and ridiculing those who ask questions,” the Republican-led House Oversight Committee said Thursday. “We’ll continue to seek answers, transparency, and accountability.”
Two Biden family business partners in the CEFC deal — Tony Bobulinski and James Gilliar — separately referred to Joe Biden as the “big guy.”
Hunter and first brother James Biden received $4.8 million from the CEFC partnership, according to a Washington Post review of laptop documents.
The Ukraine informant file alleges that Joe and Hunter Biden were each paid $5 million to assist the interests of Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky, according to lawmakers who read it. --->READ MORE HERE
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Audio recordings of bribery scheme ID Biden as ‘big guy’; memo reveals phone calls with energy exec:
A top executive for Ukrainian energy firm Burisma who allegedly bribed then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden with a $5 million payment in 2016 referred to Mr. Biden as the “big guy” and has audio recordings of conversations with Mr. Biden, according to a secret FBI memo involving a paid informant.
The Burisma executive’s nickname for Mr. Biden mirrors a claim by a former Biden family associate who in 2020 described a payout scheme for a business deal with a Chinese energy company in which 10% of the profits would be held “for the big guy.” The “big guy,” the associate said, was Mr. Biden.
A source familiar with the FBI memo confirmed to The Washington Times that the Burisma executive identified Mr. Biden as the “big guy” involved in the bribery scheme.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley said Monday the memo also reveals that the Ukrainian energy company executive has audio recordings of conversations with Mr. Biden. The Iowa Republican said in a floor speech that the FBI-generated document contained redactions that cite Mr. Biden’s audio recordings.
Mr. Grassley said memo indicates that the Burisma executive has fifteen audio recordings of phone calls between him and Hunter Biden and two audio recordings of phone calls between him and then-Vice President Joe Biden.
“These recordings were allegedly kept as a sort of insurance policy for the foreign national in case he got into a tight spot. The [FBI document] also indicates that then-Vice President Joe Biden may have been involved in Burisma employing Hunter Biden,” Mr. Grassley said.
House lawmakers reviewed the FBI memo as part of their broad investigation into the Biden family’s web of lucrative foreign business deals that appeared to revolve around Mr. Biden’s role as vice president and later as a likely candidate for president in 2020. --->READ MORE HERE
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