When asked if he was anxious that the information he had provided to The New York Post as part of its recent series of reports about stolen data from a hard drive that supposedly belonged to Democratic nominee Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, was the result of the 2019 hacking of Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings, where the younger Biden served on the board beginning in 2014, Giuliani told the outlet it "wouldn't matter", and asked "what's the difference?"
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The bombshell revelation published less than three weeks until the November election comes days after the New York Post dumped its first round of reporting on content found on a DE computer.
The disk is said to have originated from a laptop that had been in a computer store in the state of DE for a year, where it was handed in for service but never retrieved.
The story cited an email by Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of the energy company, Burisma, to Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, thanking him for "giving an opportunity to meet your father" and to spend "some time together". The Biden campaign and a lawyer for Hunter Biden said they had no record of such a meeting taking place.
Giuliani has publicly denied that he obtained the material from a foreign source.
The News Corp-owned paper said it was unable to verify that the laptop from which the purported emails were obtained actually belonged to Hunter. The precise scope of the probe is not yet clear.
Andrii Derkach, the Ukrainian parliamentarian who is one of Giuliani's principal contacts, was mentioned in an August intelligence assessment that described a concerted Russian effort to disparage Biden.
Derkach in recent months has leaked recordings of calls Biden had as vice president with Ukraine's then-leader, audio the Biden campaign contends is heavily edited. "Trump administration officials have attested to these facts under oath".
Derkach was one of the largest proponents of the false conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, meddled in the 2016 election.
Schiff was one of the key figures in both the investigation into allegations about Russian interference in 2016 and the 2019 impeachment hearings, and has a history of making dramatic claims about President Trump's alleged ties to Russia.
According to news agency Reuters, Republican lawmakers slammed the social media companies' actions, with US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell saying that the blocking of the story was "reprehensible" and that there should be no "speech police" in the United States.