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Sun Oct 25, 2020, 06:34 PM

White House lawyer part of scheme to smear Hunter Biden -- but not even the WSJ would buy it: NYT

October 25, 2020
By Sarah Toce

In a Sunday article for The New York Times titled, “Trump Had One Last Story to Sell. The Wall Street Journal Wouldn’t Buy It,” insiders recalled the White House’s secret, last-ditch effort to change the narrative, and the election — even though it didn’t work.

Journalist Ben Smith wrote in The Times article, “By early October, even people inside the White House believed President Trump’s re-election campaign needed a desperate rescue mission. So three men allied with the president gathered at a house in McLean, Va., to launch one. The host was Arthur Schwartz, a New York public relations man close to President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr. The guests were a White House lawyer, Eric Herschmann, and a former deputy White House counsel, Stefan Passantino, according to two people familiar with the meeting.”

Schwartz, Herschmann and Passantino made the decision to pin their hopes for re-electing Trump on a fourth guest, “a straight-shooting Wall Street Journal White House reporter named Michael Bender.”

The Wall Street Journal conducted its due diligence as the Trump team hung out in the wings waiting to unfurl the expose against Trump’s Democratic candidate Joe Biden. The premise was nothing new: go after his son, Hunter Biden. Bender was provided “a cache of emails detailing Hunter Biden’s business activities,” and was made accessible to a former business partner of Hunter’s named Tony Bobulinski. Bobulinski said he was willing to go on the record in The Wall Street Journal with an explosive claim: that the elder Biden had been aware of, and profited from, his son’s activities.

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https://www.rawstory.com/2020/10/white-house-lawyer-part-of-scheme-to-smear-hunter-biden-but-not-even-the-wsj-would-buy-it-nyt/

NYT article (paywall)

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/25/business/media/hunter-biden-wall-street-journal-trump.html

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Sun Oct 25, 2020, 06:50 PM

1. Is this typically part of the duties of a WH counsel?

Seems that would be a good story for Michael Bender to write about.

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Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:30 PM

2. This will be a fun story to follow

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