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Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy said that he received a call from the White House after President Joe Biden scolded him on Wednesday, telling him that his question was a “lousy” one.
Doocy approached the president during an appearance in New Mexico — as Biden travels to tout “Bidenomics” and the climate provisions that were part of his signature Inflation Reduction Act — and asked him about recent reports concerning his apparent interaction with his son Hunter Biden’s foreign business partners.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 10, 2023
Doocy asked about testimony given by former Hunter Biden business partner and friend Devon Archer – who said that then-Vice President Biden had spoken to a number of Hunter’s associates via speaker phone – and Biden snapped at Doocy, telling him that his question was “lousy” and tried to walk away.
Doocy pushed back, asking, “What makes it a lousy question?”
“Because it’s not true,” the president said, and he left.
But George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said what was truly telling about that exchange was what the White House did immediately afterward.
…Doocy said that the White House called him as soon as he made it to his car to refute the specifics of the allegations on discussing business. The use of White House staff to repeat these positions could magnify the problems for Biden. https://t.co/30HRB1CDFX
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) August 10, 2023
“Doocy said that the White House called him as soon as he made it to his car to refute the specifics of the allegations on discussing business. The use of White House staff to repeat these positions could magnify the problems for Biden,” Turley said.
Turley explained in a column linked in his X post that Biden’s continued insistence that he did not talk to Hunter about business or have any knowledge about his foreign business dealings — despite mounting evidence to the contrary — could prove dangerous for him if Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith continues down his current path.
The upshot, Turley said, was that if former President Donald Trump could be prosecuted for “knowingly lying” about whether or not he had won the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden could potentially be impeached for “knowingly lying” about Hunter’s foreign business dealings.