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Biden jokes about bribery allegations — then GOP lawmaker makes him regret it when she answers his wisecrack

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Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) sternly rebuked President Joe Biden on Thursday after he joked about the allegations of corruption against him.

After hosting a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the White House, a reporter yelled a question at Biden about allegations that, according to House Republicans, he engaged in a "criminal bribery scheme" as vice president.

"Congresswoman Nancy Mace says there's damning evidence in the FBI file that you sold out the country," the reporter noted, asking Biden for his response.

Despite the seriousness of the allegations, Biden used the moment to crack a joke.

"Wheres the money?" he wise-cracked, adding, "I'm joking. It's a bunch of malarkey."

The joke did not go over well.

"[W]e don't find selling out your country funny. Prove us wrong by releasing your and your family’s unredacted bank records. The FBI can't protect you forever," Mace responded.

The South Carolina Republican proceeded to answer Biden's joke by listing the names of companies that Republicans allege the Biden family used as "shell companies" to conceal money received from foreign nationals.

"And since you asked, the money is in your family’s shell companies," Mace said.

Last month, the House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said his committee had obtained bank records showing evidence of the shell companies and how much money they received.

"Most of these companies were limited liability companies formed during Joe Biden’s vice presidency," Comer explained. "The bank records show the Biden family, their associates, and their companies received over $10 million from foreign nationals and their companies."

Meanwhile, Fox News reported Thursday that the FBI's "highly confidential" confidential human source — whose information is the subject of a document that nearly landed FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress — told the bureau that an executive at Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian natural gas firm where Hunter Biden served as a board member, directly paid Biden $5 million.

"$5 million for one Biden, $5 million for the other Biden," the executive told the FBI's source, according to sources who spoke with Fox News.

The White House denies Biden is guilty of any wrongdoing.

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