President Joe Biden wore a bemused expression on Tuesday as he faced questions about allegations of his involvement in a bribery deal during his tenure as vice president. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley claimed on Monday that a confidential source had audio recordings, totaling 17 in number, which allegedly provide evidence of bribes given to Hunter Biden and his father while Joe Biden held the vice presidency. The source reportedly kept these recordings as an “insurance policy” for future use.
As President Biden left an event in the White House East Room, a reporter shouted a question about the alleged tapes and whether he accepted bribes. Biden turned around with a smile, chuckled, shook his head, and walked away without uttering a word, as captured in a video shared by the New York Post.
Last week, when confronted with allegations against him that were submitted to the FBI and reviewed by lawmakers, Biden dismissed the claims and jokingly asked, “Where’s the money? It’s a bunch of malarkey.”
The president’s reaction drew significant attention on Twitter, with some expressing concern over his response. Former Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker described Grassley’s claim as “explosive” and highlighted that the information about recordings of the president discussing bribes with a foreign national was redacted from the 1023 document that the House and Senate reviewed after significant efforts to obtain it from the FBI, according to Fox News.
If the contents of these alleged recordings prove to be true, it could have far-reaching consequences, given the availability of such recordings is not common. The recordings, if authentic, may shed light on what Joe Biden knew and whether he abused his power as vice president. The significance of these allegations cannot be overstated.