FBI investigating Russian involvement in Hunter Biden story
WASHINGTON — The FBI is i nvestigating whether emails that were published by the New York Post related to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, are connected to a possible Russian influence operation to spread disinformation, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The newspaper said in its story Wednesday that it had obtained a hard drive from Rudy Giuliani — a lawyer f or President Donald Trump and a former mayor of New York — containing the emails, and that the messages were found on a laptop that had been left last year at a Delaware computer repair shop for service but never retrieved.
The unlikely account of how the emails surfaced raised immediate questions about Russian involvement, particularly because U.S. officials have warned that Russia — which backed Trump’s 2016 campaign through hacking and a covert social media campaign — is interfering again this year.
The episode is being investigated as part of a possible Russian influence operation, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press to discuss an ongoing matter.
The authenticity of the emails remained unclear as of Friday, i ncluding whether they were hacked or possibly forged or both. Giuliani did not respond to an Associated Press request for comment, but he said in a Fox News interview Friday that the material was “authentic as hell.”
An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment Friday, citing the bureau’s practice of neither confirming nor denying investigations
Arms control: The U.S. and Russia on Friday rejected each other’s proposals for potentially salvaging the last remaining legal constraint on their strategic nuclear forces.
President Vladimir Putin called for an unconditional extension of the soon-toexpire New START treaty, and the White House called that a “non-starter.”
Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, suggested the Russians rethink their stance “before a costly arms race ensues.” Neither Newsom nor the arrest of Mexico’s former Administration officials White House gave details defense minister in the have previously alluded to on why the administration United States on charges building up nuclear forces if shifted positions only hours Forbeheaded: that he protected a drug the treaty is abandoned, after it initially denied the mer New Jersey Gov. Chris French President Emmancartel in exchange for bribes although the Pentagon has state’s request for a declaraChristie said he was wrong uel Macron denounced is a blow to Mexico’s miliits hands full paying for a tion that officials said could not to wear a mask at the what he called an “Islamist tary, one of the few instituone-for-one replacement of provide the state with hunWhite House, after he and terrorist attack” against a tions that had maintained older nuclear weapons. dreds of millions of dollars. President Donald Trump history teacher decapitated the confidence of the peo
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President Donald Trump’s administration abruptly reversed course and approved California’s application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent deadly and destructive blazes that have scorched the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. more details on what changed.
several rounds of Trump’s debate preparation.
Thailand protests: Thousands of student-led protesters, in defiance of a state of emergency, converged for a second straight day Friday in Bangkok. Using water cannons, riot police also cracked down on protesters by charging into the crowd. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha rejected demands from protesters that he resign.