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White House Press secretary Jen Psaki pointed out Wednesday that President Biden was a “private citizen” when he allegedly wrote a letter of recommendation for the son of a Chinese business associate of Hunter Biden, but declined to confirm whether the letter exist.
During a Wednesday afternoon press briefing, Psaki was asked about emails obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital revealing that the president had written a college recommendation letter for the son of a Chinese executive who had did business with Hunter in 2017.
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Asked by White House correspondent Peter Doocy if it was “common for President Biden to do favors for Hunter Biden’s international business partners,” Psaki said, “I’ve seen the report. I don’t have any confirmation or comment as to whether, the President, when he was a private citizen, wrote a college recommendation letter for an individual.”
PSAki has repeatedly refused to deny or confirm the Fox News report. Doocy pressed further, noting that a college recommendation letter from a former vice president at the time would be a “big deal” and asked “what would the president have gotten in exchange for such a favor?” .
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“I have no confirmation of any letter of recommendation that the president wrote, when he was a private citizen – by the way – not serving in public office, that is even [in] the report,” PSAki argued. “He was not the president at the time of this report.
The newly released emails show a series of exchanges between Hunter and associates involved in his company Rosemont Seneca’s joint venture with Chinese investment firms Bohai Capital and BHR.
In February 2017, Eric Schwerin, who served as president of Rosemont Seneca, emailed BHR CEO Jonathan Li after Li sent Hunter his son’s resume along with a list of colleges he planned to apply to.
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“Jonathan, Hunter asked me to send you a copy of the letter of recommendation he asked his father to write on Christopher’s behalf for Brown University,” Schwerin wrote.
The president has repeatedly denied discussing Hunter’s business ventures with his son. On Tuesday, Psaki was asked to confirm whether Biden’s statement that he didn’t discuss his overseas business dealings with his son still stands, to which she replied, “Yes.”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Peter Hasson contributed to this report.