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Putin rejects Trump's criticism of Biden family business

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By Andrew Osborn

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden's past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump's attack lines in the U.S. presidential election.

Putin was responding to comments made by Trump during televised debates with Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Trump, who is trailing in opinion polls, has used the debates to make accusations that Biden and his son Hunter engaged in unethical practices in Ukraine. No evidence has been verified to support the allegations, and Joe Biden has called them false and discredited.

Putin, who has praised Trump in the past for saying he wanted better ties with Moscow, has said Russia will work with any U.S. leader, while noting what he called Joe Biden's "sharp anti-Russian rhetoric".

Putin appeared less friendly towards Trump in remarks broadcast by Russian state TV on Sunday. In what may be seen by some analysts as an attempt to try to curry favour with the Biden camp, he took the time to knock down what he made clear he regarded as false allegations from Trump about the Bidens.

"Yes, in Ukraine he (Hunter Biden) had or maybe still has a business, I don't know. It doesn't concern us. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians," said Putin.

"But well yes he had at least one company, which he practically headed up, and judging from everything he made good money. I don't see anything criminal about this, at least we don't know anything about this (being criminal)."

Putin also reacted with visible irritation when asked about comments Trump has made concerning Putin's ties to the former mayor of Moscow, and to an alleged payment made to Hunter Biden by the ex-mayor's widow. Putin said he knew nothing about the existence of any commercial relationship between Hunter and the woman. Joe Biden says the accusation about his son is not true.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to tilt the contest in Trump's favor, an allegation Moscow has denied. Russia has also dismissed accusations by U.S. intelligence agencies of trying to interfere with this year's election too.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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Vlad can see the writing on the wall. His disinformation cambas failed and his useful idiot is no longer useful.

Vlad is going to learn the hard way that what goes around comes around.

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Trust Putin or Trump?

I like the Masha Gessen quote:

It’s not just that both Putin and Trump lie, it is that they lie in the same way and for the same purpose: blatantly, to assert power over truth itself

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And? Putin making statements is evidence of nothing other than his opinion.

That said, we’ll have posters along soon enough claiming that this statement from Putin is conclusive evidence that Putin isn’t trying to help Trump get re-elected, which isn’t aloof all inference from the statement.

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Trump's been punked by his fair weather friend, Putin, who has always held all the cards (or tapes). Tump's house of cards is falling before our eyes in slow-mo, but just in time for the November meltdown. Even ACB can't save him now.

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Trust Putin or Trump?

I’ll trust the impending FBI investigation into the HD to gain more clarity. I won’t trust anyone else. The rest is disinformation.

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Many republican voters didn't trust the FBI but now they do? They've had the Hunter Biden HDD for nearly one year. I guess that since he never went back to get his laptop or copy of the HDD there wasn't anything dangerous on it.

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I’ll trust the impending FBI investigation into the HD to gain more clarity. I won’t trust anyone else. The rest is disinformation.

Yet, whenever the FBI has failed to defend Trump, you claim it is corrupt. Weird how the FBI is corrupt when it goes against Trump, but it’s credibility is impeachable when it comes to perhaps finding dirt on democrats.

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There is a reason why this article is unpopular than other articles with Trumps name in the Title. People here are scrambling to find excuses for Putin agreeing with Biden because he was their go-to mainstream mediocre excuse for the 2016 election win by Trump lol

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Putin, who has praised Trump in the past for saying he wanted TrumpTowerMoscow.com

fixed

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If the FBI say that the emails are real, it will clearly mean that the FBI has been infiltrated by trumpers and the findings cannot be trusted. After all, the president has been telling us for years they’re corrupt. Turns out he is - well, may be - corrupt.

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KGB raised Putin sure knows how to play the disinformation game....

Disagree with your Puppet so people will think you don't support him - all the while using all the parts of your government to help him get elected...

Watch for Fox News to fall for it hook, line, and sinker...

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Already confirmed real by third party sources. And the Bidens silence.

If the FBI say that the emails are real,

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I’ll trust the impending FBI investigation into the HD to gain more clarity. I won’t trust anyone else. The rest is disinformation.

You've said before on this website that you don't trust the FBI, and think they're corrupt and wrong. I specifically asked you if you were denigrating them, and you said "The FBI? Yes sir!".

What changed your mind?

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Already confirmed real by third party sources.

True - Borat....

And the Bidens silence.

Yep...in Trump's America, you're guilty until you prove you're innocent...just like Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea...

The Hunter smear has fallen apart like a Trump Collection Chinese-made shirt...

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So Vlad says this

"Yes, in Ukraine he (Hunter Biden) had or maybe still has a business, I don't know. It doesn't concern us. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians,"

and this

"at least we don't know anything about this (being criminal)."

And the MSM translates these into this?

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden's past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, 

How can Vlad “see” anything if he just doesn’t know? Oh wait, we’re all supposed to trust what Vlad says now? When did that change. I thought he had Trump on a string? JEESH this is so discombobulated.

Waiting for the next MSM-Biden newspeak.

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The FBI has not said its real. They haven’t said anything at all, much to Don’s chagrin. He desperately needs a Comey moment right before the election The FBI isn’t going to give him one

Again, Hunter Biden is not on the ballot, but Covid, the economy and Trump’s incompetence most definitely are. Most sentient beings are aware of this fact

I think this will be every bit as influential as the famous unmasking controversy which ended with no indictments, no report, and a significant amount of egg on the face of one Rudy the shirt-tucker.

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No one on this site knows the email contents of the Hunter Biden HDD. Just speculation. Clearly Putin does not believe any illegal happened in the Ukraine. And China business was in 2017 when Trump was in office.

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bass: I’ll trust the impending FBI investigation into the HD to gain more clarity.

They've had the computer for almost a year. Enjoy the waiting.

Meanwhile, what's your opinion of the real investigation into Trump Co by the NY AG? Eric Trump just gave an interview under oath. Legit, right?

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If Putin wants to flip and wreck Trump's campaign, now's the time to release the tapes.

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Again, Hunter Biden is not on the ballot, 

True.

But one main reason why Trump won was hardworking, working and middle class folks were just so tired of the DC corruption. And Hillary was the Wonder Woman of pay-to-play establishment corruption. So if Hillary was WW, then all this Hunter stuff could potentially make Joe Superman. Of course, most wont get the info since the major and minor, public and private news organizations are censoring it. That should be the story here.

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But one main reason why Trump won was hardworking, working and middle class folks were just so tired of the DC corruption. And Hillary was the Wonder Woman of pay-to-play establishment corruption. So if Hillary was WW, then all this Hunter stuff could potentially make Joe Superman.

It's amazing how often Republicans, when trying their hand at pop culture metaphors, always end up saying "my candidate is a literal supervillain who wants to kill the good guys".

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But one main reason why Trump won was hardworking, working and middle class folks were just so tired of the DC corruption. And Hillary was the Wonder Woman of pay-to-play establishment corruption. So if Hillary was WW, then all this Hunter stuff could potentially make Joe Superman. Of course, most wont get the info since the major and minor, public and private news organizations are censoring it. That should be the story here

And one more example that Repubs and Trump supporters view the world through their primary media source....

Comic books...

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It's amazing how often Republicans, 

Furthermore, it’s amazing how Democrats or Biden supporters think everyone who doesn’t buy into the Democrat machine MUST be a Republican. I’m not.

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Putin, who has praised Trump in the past for saying he wanted better ties with Moscow, has said Russia will work with any U.S. leader

Not like there's much choice for either country, is there? Putin will remain in power, unless disatisfied Russian citizens rise up against him. And given what happens to his opponents - political, press or otherwise - how likely is that?

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Putin has just received a KGB intelligent report about who he has to deal with next 4 years.

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I’ve supported Trump.

I can’t stand most “Republican” Congress people. So I’m not a republican either, sorry.

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The writing is on the wall, and Putin expects Trump going to lose re-election. Putin’s probably thinking it was fun while it lasted.

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I can’t stand most “Republican” Congress people. So I’m not a republican either, sorry.

You've supported GOP causes on every topic for nearly a decade and were vocal about voting for Mitt Romney, someone you now denounce.

You'll forgive me if I'm not entirely convinced by your protests.

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Unemployed

That's another way of saying they are gone. It doesn't answer my question.

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You've supported GOP causes on every topic for nearly a decade and were vocal about voting for Mitt Romney, someone you now denounce.

You'll forgive me if I'm not entirely convinced by your protests.

I can’t speak for everyone, but most conservatives on JT don’t care about either parties and that includes the GOP, we care about America, the constitution and civil liberties and everything that makes this country great and Trump for trying to dismantle the establishment, the only thing the GOP is good for is, they love America, want to keep taxes low, protect our civil liberties and rights and not allow Marxism, Socialism and Communism to take root in the States and that’s why we vote for them for hold that tide back, but other than that, they are equally as useless.

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No, Hunter’s lawyer did ask for it back and if all of these allegations didn’t have some merit to it they could have refuted it, not even his camp gave a press conference claiming their innocence but the fact that they didn’t deny or want to even engage in the topic is very telling. Because one thing we know is, you can’t lie to the FBI

There's nothing in that comment which leads us to there are illegal emails on the drive. Just because Hunter's lawyer asked for it back does not make it so. It is his property. He does not have to admit or deny anything unless charged. Trump lies to the FBI all the time.

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There's nothing in that comment which leads us to there are illegal emails on the drive.

We don’t know that yet. Again, investigations take time

Just because Hunter's lawyer asked for it back does not make it so.

or vice versa, but usually when your lawyer asks for something that damaging, it’s a telltale sign. So we just have to wait and see.

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I can’t speak for everyone, but most conservatives on JT don’t care about either parties and that includes the GOP, we care about America, the constitution and civil liberties and everything that makes this country great and Trump for trying to dismantle the establishment

In 2012 you said that voting for Mitt Romney, an establishment Republican, was the happiest moment of your life.

You don't care about any of that stuff. You just want the GOP to win.

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In 2012 you said that voting for Mitt Romney, an establishment Republican, was the happiest moment of your life.

Yes, over Obama...definitely “YES!”

You don't care about any of that stuff. You just want the GOP to win.

And I explained why. Please scroll up.

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Vladimir’s useful idiot has become “un-useful”. He’s had his fun and sowed chaos, like any marginally competent intelligence agent, he knows when to cut a bad source lose if it means saving his own skin.

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Vlad just threw McDonald under the Biden campaign bus.

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Like the other day, in the Oval Office, packed with journalists, mostly without masks, when Trump was on the phone to the Israeli PM Netanyahu over the signing of the agreement between Israel and Sudan.

Trump asked the Israeli PM if "Sleepy Job" would have achieved the peace deal.

Netanyahu refused to take the bait and instead said Israel would be grateful to any American helping the peace process.

Brow beaten by Putin and Netanyahu. Guess they have an idea who the next president will be.

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zichiToday  11:47 am JST

Just because Hunter's lawyer asked for it back.... 

If that ever actually happened. It only appears to be right-wing tabloids and credulous Trump cultists who go on about it.

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Trumps children and their spouses go around the globe using their position to champion business matters and causes that directly benefit the family and them personally, do they not?

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Already confirmed real by third party sources.

Nope. Let's stick to reality please.

And the Bidens silence

Joe hasn't been silent.

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The people the emails were addressed to have confirmed their authenticity.

Has any Biden said the emails are not authentic?

No they havent.

Joe has said he didnt get any "stock". we didnt say he got stock, we said his son got money, 10% of which was held for Joe, the Big Guy.

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See how they do it?

WaPo: Insisting that the Hunter Biden laptop is fake is a trap. So is insisting that it’s real.

in the end they say we must treat the Hunter Biden leaks as if they were a foreign intelligence operation- even if they probably aren’t.

oh? Then why must we?

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zichi:

There's nothing in that comment which leads us to there are illegal emails on the drive.

I don´t think "illegal" is the issue. But the blatant corruption of the Biden family shown in the e-mails ("10 percent for the big guy" etc) should disqualify Biden right off the bat. And the authenticity has been confirmed by Biden ex business partner.

But in the "mainstream media" this story has been completely suppressed. Have people in the CNN bubble even heard the name "Bobulinsky"? Have you?

The real story afaik here is how the corporate media can almost totally make gigantic issue disappear.

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