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The White House is desperately trying to spin new allegations that President Joe Biden's Delaware residence was the beneficiary address of two Chinese payments involving Hunter Biden's overseas business.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R) revealed the bombshell allegation on Tuesday.
"On July 26, 2019, Hunter Biden received a $10,000 wire from Wang Xin. On August 2, 2019, Hunter Biden received a $250,000 wire from Jonathan Li and Tan Ling," a press release from the Overnight Committee reported. "Both wires originated in Beijing and Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home is listed as the beneficiary address for both wires."
White House spokesperson Ian Sams called the new allegations "bananas."
Responding to a journalist who called the allegations a "fake, would-be gotcha" because, allegedly, Hunter was living at Biden's Delaware home in 2019, Sams responded, "Imagine them arguing that, if someone stayed at their parents' house during the pandemic, listed it as their permanent address for work, and got a paycheck, the parents somehow also worked for the employer.
"It's bananas," he declared. "Yet this is what extreme House Republicans have sunken to."
But there's a significant problem with Sams' response.
The now-defunct plea deal that Hunter struck with federal prosecutors included a statement of facts that Hunter agreed is true when he entered into the deal. In that statement of facts, Hunter agreed that he was living on the other side of the country — in California, not Delaware — in 2019.
That document states:
After numerous programs and trips to rehab, Biden got sober in May 2019, the same month he married his current wife. He has remained sober since. Biden remained in California and spent much of Summer 2019 painting and developing plans for his memoir, which he began working on through the fall and into the winter.
Questions about the payments themselves aside, it's not clear why Joe Biden's address was used if they were meant for Hunter, especially if Hunter agreed in court, as the plea document shows, that he lived in California in the summer of 2019 — the same time the payments were sent.
Hunter also attested to his California residency at the time of the wire transfers in his memoir, the New York Post reported.
Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Hunter, said the Delaware address was used because that was the address on Hunter's driver's license at the time.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News