The New York Post asked this week why one of its reporters was barred from a Biden administration press event as the Hunter Biden investigation may be drawing to a close.
On Monday, one of the newspaper’s reporters was excluded from the event. The Post‘s Steven Nelson received attention in February when he asked whether Biden was “compromised by your family’s business relationships in China.”
The White House did not give a specific reason for not approving the president’s press event Monday, stating that it was “unable to accommodate your credential request.”
Biden held the press event on airline policy with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, which had nearly half of its seats empty.
During the event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in D.C., Biden accepted no questions. Nelson’s query about the Biden family’s business dealings occurred in the same room several months prior.
The exclusion comes as the Justice Department is weighing possible charges against the younger Biden, with an announcement that could come at any time.
The Post published the information about the Hunter Biden laptop immediately prior to the 2020 election, leading to several social media outlets barring sharing of the link to the article.
BREAKING: @JoeBiden @WhiteHouse Has Just Denied @nypost Access Amid #HunterBiden Indictment Speculation; Press Freedom Concerns Intensify
The New York Post reported on Monday that the White House press office denied the newspaper access to President Biden's public event earlier… pic.twitter.com/bbCMectn2a
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) May 8, 2023
Furthermore, the newspaper’s Twitter account was suspended.
Biden narrowly carried the 2020 election, with several states being decided by razor-thin margins. Many conservative political and media figures have openly speculated about the suppression’s impact on the race.
The CIA may have played a role in the restrictions placed on the Post’s article.
The House Weaponization of the Federal Government and two other committees are expected to release information on the role the agency may have had in an October 2020 letter signed by 51 former members of the U.S. intelligence community which stated that the laptop story had “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”
Biden recently made a public statement in support of his son, saying that he did “nothing wrong.”