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Asked Wednesday by Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich if the president had ever spoken together with his son’s enterprise companions about Hunter’s enterprise dealings, Psaki mentioned, “Again, nothing has changed since what I said yesterday. The president does not get involved in the business dealings of his son.”
“Even through his son’s business partners?” Heinrich requested.
“He’s not involved in his son’s business dealings,” Psaki responded.
The New York Post first reported earlier this week that Hunter Biden’s enterprise associate, Eric Schwerin, met with Joe Biden whereas Biden was serving as vp underneath former President Barack Obama.
The assembly with Joe Biden, in accordance with a report primarily based on archived customer logs from the Obama White House, was considered one of 27 reported visits Schwerin paid to the White House, the place he additionally met with quite a lot of aides to the vp.
Schwerin, the president of since-dissolved funding fund Rosemont Seneca Partners, met with then-Vice President Biden’s chief of employees Steve Ricchetti a minimum of twice in 2016. The two visits occurred in room 272 on Feb. 29 and room 276 on Aug. 17 on the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB), in accordance with the 2016 White House customer logs.
Ricchetti has been a longtime adviser to President Biden and served as his chief of employees from 2013 to 2017. He now serves as Biden’s White House counselor.
Schwerin additionally met with Anne Marie Person, who served as a common assistant at Rosemont till 2014 earlier than becoming a member of Biden’s workplace, a minimum of thrice between February and June 2016, a Fox News Digital evaluation discovered. According to White House customer logs, Schwerin met her in Biden’s “West Wi[ng]” workplace on Feb. 24, April 8, and June 9. It is unclear if Biden was current for the conferences.
Heinrich requested Psaki Tuesday whether or not the president nonetheless maintained his place that he had not spoken with Hunter Biden about his enterprise dealings. “He maintains his same statements that he’s made in the past,” Psaki mentioned, telling Heinrich she didn’t “have more information about visits from more than ten years ago.”
Schwerin is linked to quite a lot of Hunter Biden’s international enterprise dealings.
Schwerin made three different visits with staffers from Vice President Biden’s workplace in 2016. Schwerin met with John McGrail, who was a counselor to Biden, on July 15 and Sept. 9 on the White House. He additionally met with Kaitlyn Demers, who was serving as an affiliate counsel in Biden’s workplace in 2016, on June 28. She is at present a particular assistant to President Biden and Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
Fox News’ Cameron Cawthrone and Joe Schoffstall contributed to this text.