Hunter Biden employs a ‘Don’t remember’ defense on book tour
Hunter Biden’s new memoir, “Beautiful Things,” and the promotional tour that followed, was marked by candor and selflessness when it comes to his previous addiction battles – while the same drug use was used to support claims of forgetfulness in other scandals.
In the book, the president’s son wrote that he couldn’t remember having sex with a stripper who had his child at the time, and in a recent interview with CBS News said he couldn’t remember whether he was in one Gone or Departed from a Delaware Repair Facility A laptop that was the focus of a New York Post report at the height of his father’s presidential campaign.
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“I’m not proud of it. So later in court I would challenge the Arkansas woman who had a baby in 2018, claiming the child was mine – I had no memory of our encounter,” Biden wrote. “I had so little connection with anyone. I was a mess, but a mess that I took responsibility for.”
An Arkansas judge ruled in January 2020 that Hunter Biden was the father of the woman’s child. The court order said DNA testing made that fact clear.
While the child was a personal problem, the laptop became a major problem in his father’s campaign as it contained emails that appeared to be between him and employees detailing detailed business relations with Ukraine and China and questions about the possible Involvement raised his father.
The Biden campaign never denied the authenticity of the laptop, which was dropped off at a Delaware computer store before the store owner turned it over to the FBI. Then-candidate Biden claimed the reports on the laptop were part of a “smear campaign” and linked them to Russian disinformation efforts.
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When asked during a CBS interview if Hunter Biden was actually his own computer, Hunter Biden claimed he was ignorant due to a drug-addicted memory.
“Really, I don’t know,” he said. “I really don’t know what the answer is … I have no idea.”
He admitted that it is possible that the laptop was real.
“Of course,” he said. “There could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me. It could be that I was hacked. It could be that it was – Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me.”
During another CBS interview, Hunter Biden said, “Whether or not someone has my laptop, whether it’s a – I’ve been hacked, whether or not there is a laptop, I really don’t know.”
He explained his forgetfulness by saying that if you read his book you would “realize that I didn’t keep a very close eye on possessions for about four years,” an obvious indication of when he was addicted to cocaine.
Hunter Biden said he had detailed memories of other times during that time, such as when his family staged an intervention. He recalled that after going home to his mother’s home, under the impression that there was a family dinner, he found family members waiting for him in addition to rehab counselors.
He remembered trying to run away but his daughters prevented him from getting in his car and his father left the house to hug him and “cried the longest”.
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Hunter Biden also poked fun at himself, saying that on several occasions when he was desperate for crack he would look for traces of the drug, sometimes accidentally smoking parmesan cheese or white cheddar popcorn.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.