The Associated Press revised a story about the Hunter Biden scandal after constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley spotlighted the "whopper of a claim" within it.
What did the AP claim?
On Saturday, the AP wrote about House Republicans and their plan to investigate President Joe Biden for potentially being involved in his son's business dealings despite his denials.
Buried deep within the story was a paragraph absolving the president of any wrongdoing. The AP reported:
Joe Biden has said he’s never spoken to his son about his foreign business, and nothing the Republicans have put forth suggests otherwise. And there are no indications that the federal investigation involves the president.
Turley quickly called out the "breathtaking but telling" claim.
"[T]he Bidens have succeeded in a Houdini-like trick in making this elephant of a scandal disappear from the public stage," Turley wrote on his website. "They did so by enlisting the media in the illusion. However, this level of audience participation in the trick truly defies belief."
He then detailed the circumstantial evidence that appears to contradict Biden's claims about not being involved in Hunter's business dealings, including voice messages, emails, and claims from Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden.
What change did the AP make?
The AP later deleted its suggestion that Republicans have failed to produce evidence backing their suspicions.
"Joe Biden has said he’s never spoken to his son about his foreign business, and there are no indications that the federal investigation involves the president," the AP story now reads.
According to Turley, the edit — which the AP does not disclose in an editor's note — "creates a new problem."
"Rather than simply stating the fact, AP seems to struggle to shield the President. There is every indication that 'the federal investigation involves the president.' Not only is the President discussed in key emails under investigation, but the grand jury heard testimony that the 'Big Guy' is Joe Biden," he explained, adding a link to this story.