The lede on today’s Sun editorial is straight out of the weekend’s media conspiracy gristmill:
The massive stakes of this year’s election edged up even more after last week’s revelation regarding President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that in 2019, Trump’s own national security adviser warned him that Giuliani had become a tool for Russian intelligence to relay misinformation to Trump on Joe and Hunter Biden. According to the story, Trump’s response was to shrug his shoulders and say, “That’s Rudy.”
If that story is true, it’s damning.
The editorialist could have added another phrase common in the liberal media these days when discussing allegations against Democrats: “Without evidence.”
We must have missed the liberal media talking points meeting.
According to NBC News, The Associated Press, CNN, Salon and others, the FBI is investigating whether the leaked Hunter Biden e-mails are part of a possible Russian effort to spread disinformation ahead of the presidential election.
Salon flatly stated there was no evidence former Vice President Joe Biden had engaged in wrongdoing related to his son’s business dealings.
The Sun also claimed that “Trump and the right-wing conspiracy theorists have pushed a widely discredited claim that the former vice president used his influence to pressure the firing of Ukraine’s top prosecutor to protect Hunter Biden and the company from investigation into corruption.”
Apparently Joe Biden boasting about it — “I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. (Laughter.) He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.” — is insufficient evidence.
Also, pay no heed to the millions of dollars Hunter Biden raked in from selling his connections with the Obama administration to Russians, Ukrainians and Chinese.
As the aforementioned and much maligned Giulianai noted in an interview with the Daily Caller, Hunter Biden may have violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act by meeting with government officials in secret on behalf of foreign entities.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for failing to disclose his own financial dealings with Ukraine.
Giuliani was quoted as saying of Hunter Biden: “He never registered as a foreign agent and that’s exactly what Paul Manafort went to prison for, and unless we’re going to stick with this Republicans go to prison and Democrats don’t when they do the same or worse, then he belongs in prison the way Paul Manafort was put in prison.”
The spin on both sides is dizzying.