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‘Blatant lies’: Bobulinski accuses Hunter Biden of lying under oath

Former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski said Wednesday during testimony before the House Oversight Committee that the president’s son lied under oath while speaking to lawmakers earlier this year about his father’s involvement in his business dealings.

Questioning Bobulinksi, Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., said, “During his deposition, Hunter Biden repeatedly testified under oath that his father was not involved in his business in any capacity and that there wasn’t even a connection between his father and his businesses. Here is just one example, quote ‘I just state for the record one more time, under oath and under penalty of perjury, my father has never been involved in my business. I have never asked my father to be involved in my business. My father has never benefited from my business, and I have never asked anyone or my father to do anything for the benefit of anyone I’ve ever done business for.'”

“Yet the Ways and Means Committee released a WhatsApp message that were provided by the IRS whistleblowers showing that Hunter Biden wrote on July 30, 2017, quote, ‘I’m sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. I’m sitting here waiting for the call with my father.’ Moreover, you testified that Hunter was not shy about his ability to get his father on the phone, and Devin Archer testified that there were multiple instances in which Hunter placed his dad on speaker phone,” Smith added.

“Mr. Bobulinski, was Hunter Biden telling the truth when he testified under oath that his father was never involved in any of his business dealings,” Smith asked.

Bobulinski responded, “No, he was not. Those are all blatant lies.”

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Top Dem Raskin bristles when accused of lying by key GOP witness

Key GOP witness and former Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski notably upset the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

During his opening statement Bobulinski accused Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., as well as Rep. Dan Goldman, D-N.Y., a fellow member of the committee, of lying pertaining to the committee’s investigation into the Biden family finances.

“We keep hearing from certain corners that our democracy is at risk and democracy is on the ballot in [20]24. Yet the same people preaching this mantra know better. They continue to lie directly to the American people without hesitation and remorse,” Bobulinski said.

“Rep. Dan Goldman and Jamie Raskin, both lawyers, and Mr. Goldman, a former prosecutor with the SDNY from New York, will continue to lie today in this hearing and then go straight to the media to tell more lies,” he added.

Raskin then interrupted Bobulinski to chide committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., over allowing the witness to make such accusations. Comer attempted to allow Bobulinski to continue, but Raskin interrupted again.

“But he called members of this committee liars. And I just want to know whether the order and decorum requirements of House Rule 11 apply to witnesses appearing before the committee,” Raskin said, appearing upset. “Does it apply or does it not?”

Comer conferred with an aide before telling Raskin that the rule did not apply to witnesses

“Make sure we didn’t waste any of his time on the opening statement. Mr. Bobulinski, I’m sorry for the disruption. Please continue your opening statement,” Comer said.

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Former Hunter Biden associate Tony Bobulinski claims president’s son, brother committed ‘perjury’

Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s
former business partner, said Wednesday the president’s son committed perjury during a hearing before the House Oversight Committee.

Bobulinski, who claimed that Hunter Biden “lied throughout his testimony” in a transcribed interview to the House Oversight Committee in February, and provided what he believed to be one example of Hunter Biden’s “perjury.”

Hunter Biden business partner “lied to the committee on important details concerning his money demands and threats to [the] CEFC in text messages on July 30 and July 31 in 2017, according to Bobulinski.

“He leveraged his father’s presence next to him in that infamous text to strong-arm CEFC to paying Hunter immediately,” Bobulinksi said.

Additionally, Bobulinksi claimed Wednesday that James Biden, the president’s brother, “also lied extensively throughout his transcribed interview on February 21 and perjured himself.”

“An example of that, on page 100 of his transcript, Jim is asked specifically, ‘Do you recall having a meeting with Hunter Biden, Tony Bobulinksi and Joe Biden?'”

“Jim’s response: ‘Absolutely not,'” Bobulinski added.

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House rep says Republicans ‘don’t have the guts’ to vote to impeach Biden on Hunter biz ties

A Republican on the House Oversight Committee is convinced the Wednesday hearing will not sway his fellow lawmakers into supporting President Biden’s possible impeachment, he told Fox News Digital.

Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., emphatically said “no,” when asked if he thought today’s hearing will change any minds.

He also accused his fellow Republicans of telling Washington lobbyists and their constituents back home two different opinions about impeaching Biden.

“Everybody’s gonna vote how they know they’re gonna vote. What a lot of people are worried about if we do have a vote. I want to vote on it up or down,” Burchett said.

When asked why they could be worried, he said, “They told some of their K Street buddies, ‘I’m not going to vote for this thing’ because they don’t think they’re gonna have to vote on it…. They told people back home, ‘Oh, yeah, I’m gonna impeach.’ But the reality is, they don’t have the guts to do it.”

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Former Hunter Biden business partner to testify Biden enabled ‘foreign influence peddling operation’

In testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s former business partner, will insist President Biden’s “foreign influence peddling operation” extended from “China to Ukraine and elsewhere.”

“I want to be crystal clear: from my direct personal experience and what I have subsequently come to learn, it is clear to me that Joe Biden was ‘the brand’ being sold by the Biden family. His family’s foreign influence peddling operation – from China to Ukraine and elsewhere – sold out to foreign actors who were seeking to gain influence and access to Joe Biden and the United States government,” Bobulinski will tell lawmakers on Capitol Hill, according to a draft of his opening remarks obtained by Fox News Digital.

“Joe Biden was more than a participant in and beneficiary of his family’s business; he was an active, aware enabler who met with business associates such as myself to further the business, despite being buffered by a complex scheme to maintain plausible deniability,” he is expected add.

Bobulinski, who worked with Hunter Biden as CEO of the energy company Sinohawk Holdings, has long maintained that President Biden has been involved in his son’s business dealings. In 2020, Bobulinski came forward in a press conference where he claimed he was in possession of various “emails, WhatsApp chats, agreements, documents and other evidence,” that attempted to demonstrate then-presidential candidate Joe Biden flaunting his family name and former status as vice president to profit off of his son’s businesses.

During his opening remarks to the GOP-led committee, Bobulinski is expected to ask, “If there is no evidence of corruption – if Joe’s conduct and the conduct of his family were fully legal and proper – then why are they so dishonest about it? Not just slight misrepresentations of fact but deep untruths about the entire corrupt enterprise.”

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House committee leaves empty seat for Hunter Biden at public hearing

House Oversight Committee Republicans have left an open seat at today’s Biden impeachment inquiry hearing for the president’s son, Hunter Biden, after he turned down their invitation to appear.

The Oversight Committee’s GOP majority is investigating accusations that Biden and his family enriched themselves by using his political connections, particularly when he was vice president.

Much of the investigation has focused on Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings in Ukraine and China. Both he and the White House have denied accusations of influence peddling using Biden, who was vice President when most of the alleged interactions took place.

The committee is instead hearing from Hunter Biden’s former business associates. One is Tony Bobulinski, who has personally told investigators that the Biden family was selling access to the now-president. The second is Jason Galanis, who is in prison after he pleaded guilty to securities fraud. Galanis will be appearing remotely.

Hunter Biden’s lawyer Abbe Lowell wrote to the committee last week, “Your blatant planned-for-media event is not a proper proceeding but an obvious attempt to throw a Hail Mary pass after the game has ended.”

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Hunter’s ex-business associate to testify about Joe Biden’s involvement in business dealings

Jason Galanis, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, will testify Wednesday about his time working with President Joe Biden’s son, and that the latter interacted with those they sought to do business with.

Galanis, who is serving a 14-year sentence for securities fraud, previously testified from prison that Joe Biden was allegedly considering joining the board of a joint venture created by Hunter Biden and his business associates with ties to the Chinese Communist Party after he left the vice presidency.

Galanis also said that the words “lean in” were “used often by Devon and Hunter in our business dealings as a term for access to then-Vice President Biden’s political influence.”

“The entire value-add of Hunter Biden to our business was his family name and his access to his father, Vice President Joe Biden,” Galanis is expected to say as he testifies remotely from prison on Wednesday, according to a draft of his opening remarks obtained by Fox News Digital.

Galanis is also expected to testify that he experienced abuse in prison and was denied home confinement because of the investigation into Hunter Biden.

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Democrats’ witness Lev Parnas arrives for hearing on Biden family influence peddling

Indicted Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas has arrived on Capitol Hill to testify in the House Oversight Committee’s second impeachment inquiry hearing into President Biden.

Parnas only briefly spoke with reporters before entering the hearing room, declaring, “I’m just here to tell the truth.”

Parnas previously claimed that he worked with Rudy Giuliani in his effort to pressure Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into the Biden family in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election.

In June 2022, he was sentenced to 20 months in prison for charges linked to soliciting foreign money for U.S. elections, wire fraud and making false statements, among others. U.S. Attorney Damian Williams had accused him of “pumping Russian money into U.S. elections and lying about the source of funds for political contributions.”

Parnas was invited to be a witness by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee.

Ranking member Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said in a statement about Parnas’ attendance, “Lev Parnas can debunk the bogus claims at the heart of the impeachment probe and, in the process, explain how the GOP ended up in this degraded and embarrassing place.”

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What did Joe Biden’s 2011 letter to Devon Archer say?

A 2011 letter from then-Vice President Biden, which was obtained by Fox News Digital, to Devon Archer underscored how involved the elder Biden was with Hunter Biden’s business partners.

Following a January 2011 luncheon honoring then-Chinese President Hu Jintao at the State Department, Biden sent a letter to Archer apologizing for not getting a chance to speak with him at the luncheon.

“I apologize for not getting a chance to talk to you at the luncheon yesterday,” Biden wrote to Archer. “I was having trouble getting away from hosting President Hu. I hope I get a chance to see you again soon with Hunter. I hope you enjoyed the lunch. Thanks for coming.”

Biden then included a handwritten note: “Happy you guys are together.”

Hunter was also at the State Department luncheon that Archer attended, and Fox News Digital previously reported that Hunter used that event as a networking opportunity to help one of his firm’s clients secure an event at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Fox News’ Joe Schoffstall contributed reporting.

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What work did Jason Galanis do with the Biden family?

Former Hunter Biden business associate Jason Galanis is one of several people who testified during investigations into the potential corrupt business dealings of Hunter Biden and President Joe Biden.

Galanis, who is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to securities fraud, was responsible for orchestrating what he called the “Biden lift.”

“‘The ‘Biden lift’ that we talked about was access. Access meant to us at the time, being in the business of acquiring other businesses, to persuade third-parties to do business with us,” Galanis explained during closed-door testimony from prison in March 2024.

“Part of our business plan was to use the family’s contacts with the unions that historically had been developed through, I guess, political relationships by his father,” Galanis added, elaborating on the role Hunter Biden played within the company. 

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Who is Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Devon Archer?

Devon Archer, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, is one of several men under scrutiny related to potential corrupt business transactions involving Hunter Biden and his father, President Joe Biden. 

Archer is not expected to testify Wednesday in the public hearing hearing about Biden family business dealings.

In 2009, Hunter Biden and Archer, who met via former Secretary of State John Kerry’s stepson, Christopher Heinz, co-founded Rosemont Seneca Partners and had conducted business in Russia, China, and Ukraine.

It was Archer who brokered a deal, alongside Hunter Biden and Chinese financier Jonathan Li, to form the private equity firm BHR Partners and introduce the former vice president to Li in a meeting that would later be heavily criticized by Republicans for its appearances of impropriety.

Optics only grew worse when in 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden was photographed golfing with Archer and his son at a resort in the Hamptons. At the time, Archer served on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company where Hunter Biden was also involved. Republicans have used that photo as evidence of President Biden’s involvement in his family’s business dealings, despite his denial in any activity of the sort. 

Archer was convicted in a case involving the defrauding of a Native American tribe for a “year and a day,” in addition to being ordered to pay $43 million in restitution.

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Rob Walker on Joe Biden meeting with CEFC execs in 2017

Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Rob Walker, confirmed to House Oversight investigators last month that President Biden met with CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming in 2017, months after he left office as vice president.

“I don’t remember the exact time, but I remember being in Washington, D.C., and the former vice president stopped by. We were having lunch,” Walker testified, according to a transcript of his interview reviewed by Fox News Digital.

POLITICSBiden met with chairman of Chinese energy firm Hunter did business with in 2017, ex-associate testifiesPresident Biden met with the chairman of the Chinese energy firm Hunter Biden sought to create a joint venture with at the Four Seasons in Washington D.C. in 2017, a former business partner of the first son told congressional investigators.

“I’m certain—I’m certain Ye was there,” Walker said, noting there were nearly a dozen CEFC business partners in attendance.

Walker said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss “ways we could work together.”

“I don’t think we had structured a deal on how to work together at this point,” Walker said, noting the meeting lasted “probably an hour and a half,” but said Biden “was not” there for the entirety of the meeting.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed reporting.

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Who is Hunter Biden’s ex-business associate Tony Bobulinski?

Tony Bobulinski, a Navy veteran, has been a key witness in the various testimonies and investigations against President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. He is expected to testify Wednesday in the House hearing into Biden family businesses.

Bobulinski, who worked with Hunter Biden as CEO of the energy company Sinohawk Holdings, has long maintained that President Biden has been involved in his son’s business dealings. In 2020, Bobulinski came forward in a press conference where he claimed he was in possession of various “emails, WhatsApp chats, agreements, documents and other evidence,” that attempted to demonstrate then-presidential candidate Joe Biden flaunting his family name and former status as vice president to profit off of his son’s businesses.

Bobulinski was reportedly the first to assert that President Biden was the anonymous “Big Guy” who held stake in the company and was “plainly familiar” with Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China.

Bobulinski’s claims have yet to be verified – and several ex-partners of Hunter Biden have come forward to contest his claims. In recent weeks, Bobulinski has testified in front of House Republicans and has publicly slammed Hunter Biden for avoiding similar opportunities to testify.

“I was disappointed to see the news today that Hunter is running away from his chance to tell the American people the truth,” Bobulinski told Fox News Digital. “He’s been adamant in wanting to go before the American people, and [the] Oversight [committee] is now giving him that opportunity. Now is the time to step up, Hunter, as you have said you want to do. Don’t cower in the face of accountability.”

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Jim Jordan previews main focus of upcoming Hunter Biden hearing, blasts Hur report ‘double standard’

Republican Congressman Jim Jordan previewed an upcoming hearing on the investigation into the business dealings of Hunter Biden and railed against the “double standard” he says President Biden was the benefactor of in the investigation into his handling of classified documents.

“We’ll see,” the Ohio Republican told Fox News Digital on Saturday when asked about Hunter Biden previously expressing willingness to testify openly before the House before his legal team recently backtracked and objected to doing so.  

“I think Chairman Comer, we’re going to have this hearing this week, this upcoming week with three of Hunter Biden’s business partners, Mr. Galanis, Mr. Bobulinski and Mr. Archer and what’s interesting, all three of those individuals tell a different story, and their story seems to match up with the three of them versus what Hunter Biden told us when we deposed him,” Jordan said. “So we’ll see if Hunter Biden comes in. But we’ll go through this here and get information out to the American people.”

“It’s going to be the comparisons between what these individuals said and what Hunter Biden said and the contradictions that exist in this testimony from both sides,” Jordan told Fox News Digital when asked for a preview of what this week’s hearing on the Hunter Biden scandal will entail. 

Jason Galanis, Tony Bobulinski and Devon Archer, all former associates of Hunter Biden, were invited to participate in a House hearing on Wednesday as part of the investigation into an alleged corruption scandal that Republicans are suggesting could eventually lead to an impeachment vote for President Biden.

Fox News Digital reached out to Hunter Biden’s legal team for comment but did not receive a response.

This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller

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Comer tells Hunter Biden’s attorney House hearing will proceed ‘with or without’ him

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., told Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe D. Lowell, on Friday, that an Oversight Committee hearing on alleged influence peddling and the Biden family’s business dealings “will proceed forward — with or without Mr. Biden” next week, after Lowell said the president’s son would not attend.

Comer had invited Biden and business associates Tony Bobulinski, Devon Archer and Jason Galanis to testify at a public hearing at 10 a.m. on March 20. 

But on Wednesday, Lowell said he would decline the hearing, calling it and the investigation a “carnival side show.” 

“Your blatant planned-for-media event is not a proper proceeding but an obvious attempt to throw a Hail Mary pass after the game has ended,” Lowell said, adding that Biden couldn’t attend anyway because he is scheduled to be in California for a hearing on March 21. 

All four individuals have already testified behind closed doors as part of the impeachment inquiry – during which Hunter Biden repeatedly denied his father, President Biden, was involved in his foreign business deals – but Comer said the public hearing would, “examine inconsistencies among the witnesses’ testimonies in order to get the truth for the American people.”

Lowell reminded Comer of a statement he made in January when he said: “All we need are people to come in for the depositions and then we’ll be finished. We just need people to show up to the depositions and we’ll wrap this up. Nobody wants to wrap this up more than I do.”

Lowell said his client, the president’s son, “did just as you asked and, as you did when you announced that witnesses could choose depositions, you want to ignore what you said.”  

This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Brie Stimson

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White House has repeatedly denied Joe Biden was involved in family businesses, despite meetings

President Joe Biden has repeatedly denied having any involvement in his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings, despite interacting with his son’s and brother’s foreign business associates while serving as vice president. Over the years, the White House has mainly repeated blanket denials.

In April 2022, a reporter asked then-White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki if the president still maintains that “that he never spoke with his son about his business dealings.”

“He maintains his same statements that he’s made in the past,” Psaki said. 

Again, in June 2023, a reporter asked White House National Security Communications Advisor John Kirby about Biden’s claim that “he never once discussed his son’s overseas business dealings.”

“No, and I’m not going to comment further on this,” Kirby responded. “Let me save you some breath if you’re going to ask about this: I am not going to address this issue from this podium.”

One month later, in July, the White House was again pressed on the issue, with questions posed to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. 

Jean-Pierre answered: “So, I’ve been asked this question a million times. The answer is not going to change. The answer remains the same. The president was never in business with his son. I just don’t have anything else to add.”

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Here is the state of Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into President Biden

Republicans in the House of Representatives launched an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden after several members expressed growing concerns over any involvement he may have had in his son’s business dealings. But a slimming GOP majority, a loss of momentum, and a crucial election year have resulted in skepticism over whether an impeachment is actually possible.

The House committees on Oversight, Ways & Means and the Judiciary have been investigating Biden’s potential involvement in his son’s and brother’s business dealings and whether or not he used his vice presidency to enrich his family. 

The House officially voted to formalize its impeachment inquiry in December, which passed on a 221 to 212 vote.

While the probe has shined a light on Biden’s behavior both in and out of office, House Republicans recently revealed they are beginning to think that an impeachment vote might not be reachable anytime soon.

“I don’t think we have the will to impeach Joe Biden… We just don’t,” Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, told Fox News Digital. “We’ve got a two-seat majority. You’ve got some guys in these tough districts that don’t want to alienate maybe independents or moderates.”

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Devon Archer says Joe Biden showed up at Cafe Milano dinners in 2014 and 2015

During Devon Archer’s closed-door testimony last summer with House Oversight investigators, he confirmed that then-Vice President Biden was in attendance at two separate dinners at the upscale Washington, D.C. restaurant Cafe Milano.

Archer told investigators that the elder Biden “had dinner” with him and several others, including “Vadym P. from Burisma,” which refers to Burisma board adviser Vadym Pozharskyi. When Biden arrived, Archer said Biden “shook everybody’s hand” and joined their conversation, torpedoing the narrative that the Biden campaign pushed during the 2020 campaign.

“That dinner was — I think we went over it before, but it was Vadym, Hunter, Joe, myself, Karim Massimov, a Greek Orthodox priest, maybe someone from World Food Programme,” Archer said.

POLITICSDevon Archer torpedoes Biden camp’s defense of controversial dinner with Burisma execPresident Biden’s inner circle said he wasn’t at a 2015 dinner that featured son Hunter Biden’s foreign business associate. A longtime Hunter business partner says otherwise.

Archer also testified that in the spring of 2014, then-Vice President Biden attended a business dinner with his son, Hunter, and his associates at Café Milano in Washington, D.C. Elena Baturina, a Russian oligarch who is the widow of the former mayor of Moscow, attended the dinner.

That dinner took place just weeks after Baturina wired $3.5 million to Rosemont Seneca Thornton, an LLC linked to Hunter Biden and his associates.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed reporting

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Multiple witnesses told House investigators Joe Biden was ‘the brand’ Hunter Biden was selling

Former Hunter Biden business partners Tony Bobulinski and Devon Archer conveyed to House investigators that the president’s son was offering “the brand” of his father, Joe Biden, when he made business deals abroad.

In February, a House Republican source told Fox News Digital Bobulinski gave testimony specifically claiming now-President Biden’s influence was being marketed by Hunter overseas. According to the source, Biden “was the brand.”

MEDIAFormer Hunter Biden biz partner offered critical testimony proving Joe ‘was the brand’: lawmakerNavy veteran and former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski offered critical testimony appearing to link Joe Biden to his son’s business deals, Rep. Comer said.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., claimed Bobulinski confirmed in his testimony the significant involvement of Biden in his son’s business activities, noting that he and the then-vice president spoke “numerous times.” 

Last year, Archer attested to a similar idea, that Biden, who was vice president at the time “brought the most value to the brand.”

In fact, he claimed certain business ventures may not have come to fruition without the prominent position of Hunter’s father.

“I think Burisma would have gone out of business if it didn’t have the brand attached to it,” he said.

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Why Hunter Biden declined to attend a public hearing after pushing for one last year

Hunter Biden has been locked in a battle with congressional Republicans over a planned hearing and deposition regarding allegations of corrupt business dealings potentially involving his father.

In December 2023, Hunter Biden defied a congressional subpoena on the grounds that he would only testify in public. The following month, under the threat of contempt of Congress charges, he agreed to a private deposition
to be held on Feb. 28. After this deposition, Republicans on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee invited Hunter Biden to publicly testify on March 20.

Biden’s attorney Abbe Lowell called the Republicans’ impeachment inquiry a “carnival side show” in a letter stating that his client wouldn’t be able to attend the public hearing. 

March 20 hearing with former associates of Hunter Biden, Lowell said, is “not a serious oversight proceeding.” 

“Your idea of congressional ‘fact-finding’ is, amazingly, to have Mr. Biden appear with the discredited ‘witnesses’ you continue to promote.” 

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., offered a response, stating: “Hunter Biden, for months, stated he wanted a public hearing, but now that one has been offered alongside his business associates that he worked with for years, he is refusing to come.”

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Democrats considered bringing Michael Cohen to hearing to shift the narrative toward Trump

POLITICSHouse Democrats invite ex-Giuliani associate Lev Parnas as Biden impeachment inquiry hearing witnessHouse Democrats have unveiled who they have invited to be their witness at the second impeachment inquiry hearing into President Biden.

Before formally inviting ex-Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas to Capitol Hill, House Democrats on the Oversight Committee had considered inviting Michael Cohen, former President Trump’s ex-lawyer, as a witness.

Democrats on the panel hope that a potential Cohen appearance could turn the spotlight at the highly-publicized event onto Trump, according to the source. 

They “believe Cohen could help focus the hearing on Donald Trump by delivering first-hand testimony on Trump’s foreign business deals while he was president,” the source said.

The source said Democrats think Cohen’s appearance and testimony could also force Republicans to respond in real time, and on camera, to criticism that they ignored allegations that Trump profited from countries like China while in office.

But another source who spoke to Fox News Digital about the ultimate decision on Tuesday said the committee would invite Lev Parnas, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani

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FLASHBACK: As VP Biden bragged about helping oust Ukrainian prosecutor who was looking into gas comp

President Joe Biden once proudly claimed that he personally put pressure on former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
to fire former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who at the time was investigating the energy firm where Hunter Biden sat on the board.

During an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in January 2018, then-Vice President Biden described how he aided in the firing of Shokin by telling Ukrainian officials the U.S. would withhold up to $1 billion in aid money earmarked for their country if Shokin remained in his position. 

Shokin told Fox in August 2023 that he believes he was fired because the president and Hunter Biden were bribed.

“I have said repeatedly in my previous interviews that Poroshenko fired me at the insistence of the then Vice President Biden because I was investigating Burisma,” Shokin said in an interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade.

“[Poroshenko] understood and so did Vice President Biden, that had I continued to oversee the Burisma investigation, we would have found the facts about the corrupt activities that they were engaging in. That included both Hunter Biden and Devon Archer and others,” he said.

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White House accused of shifting story about Biden’s involvement in family businesses

Although President Joe Biden has consistently denied having any involvement in his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings during his time as vice president and in the years since, his press secretary has gotten caught tongue-tied when asked about the true nature of his role when taking questions from reporters. 

President Biden once told Fox News reporter Peter Doocy that he has “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”

President Biden has maintained this position for years, but more questions were raised after White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre diverted from denying the president ever spoke to Hunter Biden about his business dealings to saying that he “was never in business with his son.”

In July 2023, Jean-Pierre was asked about the House Oversight Committee investigation into the Biden family business dealings ahead of the testimony of Hunter Biden’s former business partner Devon Archer. A reporter asked whether “the president still stand behind his comment that he’s never been involved and has never even spoken to his son about his business?” 

“So, I’ve been asked this question a million times,” Jean-Pierre responded. “The answer is not going to change. The answer remains the same. The president was never in business with his son. I just don’t have anything else to add.”

To Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy, that appeared to be a substantial shift.

“I think it’s significant that they’re looking you in the eye and saying, ‘I’ve said this a thousand times,’ and then they say something that they’re actually saying for the first time,” McCarthy said.

During closed-door depositions, Biden’s brother, James Biden, and son Hunter Biden, both denied any involvement by now-President Biden in their businesses. They downplayed significance of any interactions between their foreign business partners and Joe Biden.

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What criminal charges does Hunter Biden face?

Hunter Biden has been charged in two jurisdictions stemming from a years-long investigation run by now-Special Counsel David Weiss.

Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to nine federal tax charges in January after Weiss alleged a “four-year scheme” when the president’s son did not pay his federal income taxes from January 2017 to October 2020 while also filing false tax reports.

Weiss filed the charges in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. 

The charges break down to three felonies and six misdemeanors concerning $1.4 million in owed taxes that have since been paid.

In the indictment, Weiss alleged that Hunter “engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least $1.4 million in self-assessed federal taxes he owed for tax years 2016 through 2019, from in or about January 2017 through in or about October 15, 2020, and to evade the assessment of taxes for tax year 2018 when he filed false returns in or about February 2020.”

Separately, in Delaware, Weiss charged Hunter Biden with making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm; making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer; and one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance. 

The first son pleaded not guilty to those charges as well. His attorneys are seeking to dismiss that case altogether.

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Ireland’s prime minister makes stunning announcement days after meeting with Biden

Leo Eric Varadkar announced on Wednesday that he is soon resigning as prime minister of Ireland – just days after meeting with President Biden in Washington, D.C.

At a press conference, Varadkar said he is resigning as president of the Fine Gael Party effective on Wednesday. 

He said he will also step down from the prime minister role, known as Taoiseach, once a successor is ready to take the role. An election will be held before April 16. 

Varadkar has served as Taoiseach since December 2022, and previously from 2017 to 2020. 

In his farewell remarks, Varadkar championed several achievements, including how Ireland has welcomed more than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees since Russia’s invasion. 

“Of course, there are areas in which we’ve been much less successful and some in which we have sadly gone backwards, but I hope if you’ll forgive me if I leave it to others to point them out on a day like this. They will receive plenty of airtime and column space,” he said. “I know this will come as a surprise to many people and a disappointment to some, and I hope at least you’ll understand my decision. I know that others will, how should I put it, cope with the news just fine. That is the great thing about living in a democracy.” 

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“There’s never a right time to resign from high office; however, this is as good a time as any. Budget 2024 is done. Negotiations have not yet commenced on the next one. The institutions of the Good Friday Agreement are working again, and our trading relationship with the UK in the post-Brexit era is settled and stable,” he said. 

“My reasons for stepping down are both personal and political,” he said, adding that he will remain in the Teachta Dála, or lower house of Parliament, position for Dublin West.

“Politicians are human beings, and we have our limitations. We give it everything we can’t anymore, and then we have to move on,” he said. “I know inevitably there will be speculation as to the quote, unquote real reason for my decision. These are the real reasons. That’s it. I have nothing else lined up. I have nothing in mind. I have no definite personal or political plans. But I’m really looking forward to having the time to think about them.” 

Varadkar, who has celebrated Ireland’s evolution from an overwhelmingly conservative, Roman Catholic country to an increasingly diverse and socially liberal society, conceded defeat earlier this month when two constitutional amendments he supported that would have broadened the definition of family and removed language about a woman’s role in the home were quashed in a referendum vote. The prime minister admitted “clearly, we got it wrong” regarding what he had beforehand deemed, “very old-fashioned language.” 

The prime minister has also been criticized as a globalist amid government-supported mass migration into Ireland that has driven the rise of the Irish Lives Matter countermovement. 

Last week, Varadkar was in Washington, D.C., and visited the White House to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Biden played host to Varadkar at the White House and then the two attended a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol as the two countries celebrated a century of diplomatic relations. 

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House Speaker Mike Johnson hosted the president and Varadkar for the annual “Friends of Ireland Luncheon” at the Capitol. Johnson introduced the president as “America’s most famous Irishman.” Biden used the event to push for foreign aid to support Ukraine as it fights against Russia, for Israel, as well as provide humanitarian assistance to people in Gaza.

Varadkar used his remarks at the luncheon to thank the United States for its work to bring peace between Ireland and Northern Ireland — part of the United Kingdom — with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. But he turned to the war in Ukraine, as the House has stalled in passing additional U.S. aid for the country. 

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“Ukraine must not fall and together, we need to stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes,” Varadkar said. “We look forward to working with America for the next 100 years.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Mom arrested after allegedly encouraging young daughter to commit a crime at restaurant

A Georgia mother has been arrested for allegedly encouraging her daughter to snatch an unattended purse at a restaurant after surveillance video of the incident surfaced, and she was identified by police.

Kenya Butler, 28, of Union City has been taken into custody for a March 2 incident at The Juicy Crab in Newnan. Police say she is seen on video telling her 7-year-old daughter to take the bag from a booth.

“After the story aired in the media, we were able to identify Kenya Butler as the offender in this case,” Det. Taylor Dalton of the Newnan Police Department told FOX 5 Atlanta.

Butler is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and theft by taking, both misdemeanors, police confirmed to Fox News Digital. Her 7-year-old daughter is not in any trouble.

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Police say the mom of three declined to comment on why she allegedly told her daughter to do it, and that the group with her quickly left the restaurant after the purse was taken, skipping out on a more than $500 bill.

Investigators are looking to speak with a man they say is responsible for the bill, seen on video wearing a white shirt with the words “Fake love, rich sex.” The man has tattoos on both his arms. Anyone who can identify him is asked to call the Newnan Police Department.

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Butler was booked on March 13, police said. She made her $2,300 bond the same night, and her court appearances have not been set yet. 

The Juicy Crab did not immediately respond to a request for comment about what happened at the restaurant.

Body language expert explains viral clip of Kate Middleton setting social media ablaze

Kate Middleton broke cover over the weekend and was spotted enjoying some fresh air with Prince William at the Windsor Farm Shop nearly three months after her last official royal outing. 

Body language expert Blanca Cobb exclusively told Fox News Digital Kate appeared to be happy “with a genuine smile on her face” and a “pep in her step.”

Cobb noticed the Princess of Wales was walking “slightly ahead of Prince William” as they toured the market near her family’s Adelaide Cottage home. 

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“However, their pace is off tempo, with Kate walking faster than her husband,” Cobb said. “You tend to walk faster when you’re in a good mood or in a hurry. Or, perhaps, William is feeling a bit distracted, which might account for his slower walk.

“Additionally, William is carrying a bag in his left hand, which doesn’t allow him to get closer to Kate and hold her hand.” 

Their three children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis — were not pictured with the couple in the short video. 

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The prince and princess wore casual attire on their afternoon out. Kate dressed down in black leggings and a windbreaker while William wore jeans and a blue coat.

“It’s not customary to see the prince and princess out and about in casual clothing in a casual setting,” Cobb said. “This might explain why no one around them seems to notice their real identity because they blend in as everyday people.

“Some people might assume that it isn’t Kate because she hasn’t been in public since her surgery, and she’s not in royal attire participating in a royal event. Kate is out of the royal context, and the casualness of the situation and her attire might be throwing some people off.”

Kate’s every move since her hospitalization has created controversy, and this latest sighting is no exception. Social media users have gone wild with a #FakeKate hashtag, claiming the woman shown in the video from Saturday wasn’t actually the Princess of Wales.

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Middleton was also entrenched in controversy when Getty Images confirmed Tuesday that an April 2023 photograph of the late Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by her grandchildren was manipulated. Middleton allegedly captured the photograph.

A Getty Images spokesperson told Fox News Digital, “Getty Images is undertaking a review of handout images and, in accordance with its editorial policy, is placing an editor’s note on images where the source has suggested they could be digitally enhanced.”

Getty Images added an editors’ note to its website and cautioned clients the image was “digitally enhanced at source.”

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Prior to that, Middleton was pictured riding in the backseat of a vehicle alongside the Prince of Wales. 

Online speculation grew quickly after the image was released, with social media users implying the photo had been edited, prompting the photographer to speak out. 

“We don’t change our photos in Photoshop other than adjusting the light levels if necessary,” Jim Bennett, who works with Goff photos, confirmed to Fox News Digital. 

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Representatives for the Prince and Princess of Wales did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

The princess was admitted to a hospital for a planned abdominal surgery Jan. 17.  On March 10,  Middleton shared a photo on Instagram of her alongside her and William’s three kids for U.K. Mother’s Day. 

However, the photo was pulled from major photo agencies due to “manipulation” concerns.

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Metadata from Middleton’s Mother’s Day photo revealed the image had been digitally altered multiple times before it was published on the official royal social media platforms, Fox News Digital previously confirmed.

Information included in the photo data showed timestamps indicating the photo was first edited at 9:54 p.m. Friday, March 8, in Photoshop. On March 9, the image was altered once again at 9:39 a.m. The data does not indicate who altered the photo.

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The Princess of Wales apologized one day later and admitted that the image shared online had been edited.

“Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing,” she wrote. “I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother’s Day.”

Royal watchers have been waiting with bated breath for a glimpse of Kate after she was hospitalized in January. Her health and whereabouts have faced intense scrutiny.

Earlier this month, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace told Fox News Digital, “Kensington Palace made it clear in January the timelines of the Princess’s recovery, and we’d only be providing significant updates. The guidance in January stands that the Princess would be recuperating at home in Windsor.”

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The spokesperson reiterated the princess is “doing well.”

Billionaire gives Dem rep ‘math’ lesson after he accuses Trump of lying about net worth

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., was criticized by billionaire business entrepreneur Mark Cuban after accusing former President Donald Trump of lying about being a billionaire and not being able to secure a $464 million appeal bond.

Trump has not been able to secure the required $464 million appeal bond he needs following a New York civil fraud judgment against him, and his attorneys said in a court filing Monday that obtaining one is a “practical impossibility under the circumstances presented.”

Lieu reposted a story from another media company on the matter yesterday on X.

“Trump claims he is a billionaire. But he can’t pay a $464 million [judgment],” Lieu tweeted. “That means he is lying. How do I know? Math.”

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He also tweeted that if bond companies thought the former president had enough assets, they would have provided the bond.

Several people responded to Lieu about his logic, telling him he was wrong, including Cuban.

The entrepreneur told Lieu he was not a supporter of Trump.

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“How anyone can vote for someone who has so many of his executive employees turn on him, and say he is incompetent is beyond me,” Cuban wrote. “But you are wrong on this topic Ted.”

Cuban’s post turned into more of a TED talk on the economy.

He told Lieu that net worth was completely different from cash in the bank, adding that the country has been in a zero-interest rate environment for a long time.

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“So, keeping cash in the bank or even money markets was dumb. In fact, searching for yield is what killed small banks last year,” Cuban wrote. “Also dumb was keeping interest rates that low for that long. Something Trump demanded more of.”

Cuban told Lieu he could argue Trump “sucked” at growing his net worth, resulting in him putting himself in the position of lying to banks about his assets. But the only reason to lie on a loan application, Cuban acknowledged, is because you have to.

Cuban continued to talk on a more macro basis, saying even if rates remained on a long-term trend line for the last 10 years, few people keep over 45% of their assets in liquid assets.

“And as far as the bond companies, Trump’s assets are mostly interests in commercial real estate and foreign assets,” he said. “No bond company is loaning against them in this commercial real estate market, if ever.”

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Trump’s filing on Monday said, “ongoing diligent efforts have proven that a bond in the judgment’s full amount is ‘a practical impossibility.’”

The filing also said efforts were made to include approaching about 30 surety companies through 4 separate brokers.

“A bond requirement of this enormous magnitude – effectively requiring cash reserves approaching $1 billion…is unprecedented for a private company,” the filing read.

A New York Appeals Court judge previously ruled that the former president must post a bond for the full amount of the judgment and that an independent director of compliance will be appointed. 

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That ruling comes after Engoron handed down his decision earlier in February after a months-long trial beginning in October in which the former president was accused of inflating his assets and committing fraud in financial documents.

Engoron ruled that Trump and other defendants were liable for “persistent and repeated fraud,” “falsifying business records,” “issuing false financial statements,” “conspiracy to falsify false financial statements,” “insurance fraud” and “conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.”

Greg Norman of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.

Federal judge orders FBI to fork over trans school shooter’s writings

A federal judge in Tennessee has ordered the FBI to hand over the “manifesto” left behind by a transgender killer who gunned down three adults and three children at the Covenant Christian School in Nashville last year before responding officers put an end to the mayhem.

Audrey Elizabeth Hale, who police said identified as a trans male and went by Aiden, shot her way into the school in March 2023, killing Mike Hill, 61, Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and three 9-year-olds, Hallie Scruggs, Evelyn Dieckhaus and William Kinney.

Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake told reporters that officers recovered a “manifesto” from Hale’s car as well as other documents, including a hand-drawn map of the school. He said last year it would be released, but it has not been.

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Even though police shot the suspect dead on the school’s second floor, the FBI has repeatedly refused to release the manifesto, arguing that doing so “could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.”

The parent company of the Tennessee Star, a local newspaper, sued the FBI after the bureau denied its public records request under the Freedom of Information Act.

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“It has been long enough, and the public has an urgent right to know why this tragedy happened, how future events may be prevented, and what policies should be in place to address this and other similar tragedies,” lawyers for the newspaper wrote in a federal complaint. “[The] FBI has no right to retain a monopoly on this information.”

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The FBI sought to have the complaint dismissed, but Judge Aleta Trauger of the Middle District of Tennessee said the bureau had failed to support its position “with sufficient clarity or detail” and ordered it to submit the manifesto to the court, so she could review the materials.

“The FBI is ORDERED to produce ex parte all documents that are potentially responsive to the defendants’ Freedom of Information Act request for in camera review, with the exception that, based on the plaintiffs’ concessions in this litigation, the FBI need not produce any documents that could not reasonably be construed to bear on Audrey Hale’s motives,” Trauger wrote.

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In November, portions of what appeared to be crime scene photographs of a couple of pages leaked, however authorities refused to confirm their authenticity.

The FBI, which has previously declined to comment due to pending litigation, did not immediately respond to questions from Fox News Digital.

When Hale burst in, the first victim, Hill, sustained fatal gunshot wounds in the process. According to city officials, Koonce heard the first shots while on a Zoom call, hung up and confronted the attacker. Police found her dead in the hallway outside her office.

Drake said investigators had not immediately determined a motive but that they believed Hale, a former student, had targeted the school and its affiliated church. One of the child victims, Hallie, was the pastor’s daughter. 

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The manifesto is expected to reveal more about the killer’s motive and rage. Critics have questioned the motive behind continued delays in its release.

The National Police Association is also suing the city of Nashville for the same documents.

Man hides in plane bathroom without a ticket because he just wanted to go home

A non-ticketed passenger was reportedly removed from a Delta Air Lines flight set to take off from Salt Lake City earlier this week after trying to hide in two of the plane’s bathrooms, a report says. 

A Delta spokesperson told FOX Business on Wednesday that the airline is now “cooperating with law enforcement and relevant federal agencies regarding an investigation into a non-ticketed individual being escorted off an aircraft in Salt Lake City prior to a scheduled departure.” 

The incident involving Flight 1683 from Salt Lake City to Austin, Texas, on Sunday led to the arrest of 26-year-old Wicliff Fleurizard of George, Texas, CBS News is reporting, citing a criminal complaint. 

Fleurizard reportedly told investigators he used a friend’s Southwest Airlines “buddy pass” to get through security at the airport and went to the Delta plane’s gate after the flight he wanted to get on was full. 

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The complaint alleges Fleurizard was seen on security cameras taking pictures of other people’s boarding passes at that gate without their knowledge before apparently using one of those photos to get on board the plane, CBS News reports. 

Fleurizard then tried to hide in the front and rear bathrooms of the aircraft, but once the doors were sealed and the plane began taxiing with no open seats left, the flight staff on board noticed the issue, and the plane returned to the gate, the station added, citing the complaint.  

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Fleurizard reportedly told investigators he “admitted he had made a mistake and was only trying get home” from Utah following a snowboarding trip to Park City.  

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Jail records show Fleurizard is still being held Wednesday in Salt Lake City on a federal detainer. 

A Transportation Security Administration spokesperson told FOX Business that “we have looked into this matter and learned that the individual in question was screened without an incident at the security checkpoint at Salt Lake City international Airport on Sunday, March 17 using a photo ID that matched the name on the boarding pass.” 

Last month, a woman reportedly was able to travel on a domestic flight from Tennessee to California without a boarding pass. 

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“TSA is reviewing the circumstances of this matter but can confirm that the traveler in question was physically screened, along with their carry-on items, without incident at the Nashville International Airport security checkpoint on February 7th before boarding the flight,” a TSA spokesperson told USA Today at the time. 

FOX Business’ Timothy Nerozzi contributed to this report. 

Trump has message for Pence, other Republicans who refuse to endorse him

Former President Trump is a man on a mission — to win back the White House in November — and he doesn’t have time for Republicans who are standing in his way, he suggested in Florida on Tuesday.

The Republican presumptive nominee spoke with a group of reporters after he cast his ballot in the Florida primary election, which he later won. During the gaggle, Trump was asked about his former running mate and vice president, Mike Pence, and whether Pence’s decision not to endorse him against President Biden bothered him.

“Oh, I couldn’t care less,” Trump told the press corps. “I couldn’t care less. We need patriots. We need strong people in our country. Our country is going downhill very fast, very rapidly.”

He added: “Millions of people coming across the border, coming from jails, from prisons, coming from mental institutions and insane asylum terrorists. We need strong people in this country. We don’t need weak people.”

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Pence, who briefly ran for president in the 2024 cycle, and Trump have had an embattled relationship since the 2020 presidential election and the former vice president announced as recently as last week that he would not endorse his former running mate.

“It should come as no surprise that I will not be endorsing Donald Trump this year,” Pence said on “The Story.”

“I’m incredibly proud of the record of our administration. It was a conservative record that made America more prosperous, more secure and saw conservatives appointed to our courts in a more peaceful world,” he added. “What I’m going to spend the rest of this year on is talking about what we should be for. And that is the broad mainstream conservative agenda that’s defined our party and always made America strong and prosperous and free.”

Trump, the only Republican still in the presidential primary after Nikki Haley suspended her campaign earlier this month, was declared the winner in the Florida primary election late Tuesday evening.

The comments were similar to Ohio Republican Bernie Moreno, who also won his primary contest to be his party’s nominee for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, when he urged Republicans to rally behind Trump — whether they disagreed with his personal antics or not.

“I am so sick of Republicans that will say ‘I support President Trump’s policies, but I don’t like the man,'” Moreno said, drawing some reaction from the crowd. “This is a good man. This is a great American.”

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He continued: “This man wakes up every day fighting for us, fighting for this country. He loves this country like no other leader in this nation has ever loved this country.”

Moreno, who Trump endorsed in the contest, triumphed over Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and state Sen. Matt Dolan in the Republican primary on Tuesday. He will face third-term U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, in November.

Since the Republican primary for the presidency has become a one-man race, Trump Republicans are urging others in the party to support the former president as the GOP looks to win back the White House and a majority in the U.S. Senate.

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Republicans are undoubtedly hoping to set aside their differences in an effort to win as Biden remains historically unpopular, immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border continues to set all-time high crossing records and as Americans are forced to continue paying higher prices due to crippling inflation.

Ancient recipe goes totally viral on TikTok thousands of years after it was created for emperor

Dragon’s beard candy, an ancient Chinese delicacy, has become one of the latest viral food trends within TikTok’s culinary community.

With just a few basic ingredients and a little bit of practice, you can whip up this historic confection in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Read on to discover the secrets behind pulling sugar strands like a pro.

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Here’s everything you need to know.

What is dragon’s beard candy?

Dragon’s beard candy is a sweet treat known for its intricate, thread-like appearance and melt-in-your-mouth texture.

It shares similarities in appearance and texture with cotton candy.

The sugary confection requires a labor-intensive preparation method involving repeated stretching and folding.

What is the history of dragon’s beard candy?

Dragon’s beard candy is a traditional Chinese sweet that dates back thousands of years. Its exact origins are unknown, but it is believed to have originated nearly 2,000 years ago during the Han dynasty.

Legend says that the dragon’s beard candy was first crafted by court chefs in the imperial palace as a delicacy for the emperor and the royal family, according to Atlas Obscura.

The sweet treat was reserved exclusively for royalty and the wealthy elite due to its extensive preparation process. It was considered a symbol of luxury and sophistication.

The candy has since gained popularity beyond the imperial court. 

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It is now a beloved delicacy throughout China, especially during festive occasions such as Lunar New Year celebrations.

How did dragon’s beard candy get its name?

The name of dragon’s beard candy is derived from its appearance, which resembles the wispy beard of a dragon.

Dragons hold a significant place in Chinese culture, often symbolizing power, strength and good fortune.

The mythical creatures are also one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac and are said to represent leadership qualities.

Dragon’s beard candy, aside from being a tasty treat, also serves as a homage to the country’s rich heritage.

Why is dragon’s beard candy trending?

Digital creator Rivata Dutta, known as Riv, has garnered more than 21 million views for her videos documenting the process of making dragon’s beard candy on her TikTok channel “rivovershares.”

The Los Angeles-based Dutta, who said she got the dragon’s beard candy recipe from another TikTok creator named Avery Cyrus, told Fox News Digital that she believes the food trend stems from the challenge of getting the sweet treat to one million strands.

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“I think people really want to see you be able to get to a whole nice even number,” Dutta said. 

“The audience really likes counting along and knowing that the next number is going to come along. That’s why I can never watch half of those videos, because I’m like, now I need to know what number they got to. Like, if it’s a good number that satisfies my brain or not.”

The culinary trend’s popularity aligns with people’s interest in watching food being prepared in a visually appealing way, she said. 

What is the recipe for dragon’s beard candy?

To prepare her dragon’s beard candy, Dutta told Fox News Digital that she combined sugar, corn syrup, vinegar and water in a medium-sized pot.

She recommended the following measurements:

  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2½ tablespoons of corn syrup
  • ½ cup of water

Dutta then whisked the ingredients together and heated the pot on the stove.

She inserted a candy thermometer into the pot and waited for it to reach the hard-ball stage, which falls between 250 F and 265 F.

Once the syrup reaches the right temperature, it’s poured onto a flat, cornstarch-covered surface and allowed to cool slightly.

The syrup must be pulled and stretched repeatedly to create fine strands.

Dutta told Fox News Digital that the best piece of advice she could offer to those who want to try their hand at making the confection is to wait for the mixture to cool down completely.

“It’s better if you forget about it,” Dutta said. “But don’t forget about it long enough that it becomes as hard as a rock.”

Once the mixture cools, the syrup must be pulled and stretched repeatedly to create fine strands.

These strands are then twisted and folded to form multiple layers.

After the syrup has been stretched into fine strands and twisted into multiple layers, it should be coated with a dusting cornstarch to prevent sticking.

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Once coated, the candy can be cut into bite-sized pieces and served immediately or stored in an airtight container for later enjoyment.

With patience and practice, virtually anyone can master the art of creating this historic treat.

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