As Tucker Carlson asked Hunter Biden to help get his son into an elite Washington university in 2014, Fox News host’s wife Susie reportedly wrote in an email: “Tucker and I have the greatest respect and admiration for you. Always!”
Since the 2020 election, however, Carlson has fueled right-wing attacks on Joe Biden’s son, particularly over business deals in which he allegedly benefited from his father’s position.
The existence of emails regarding Buckley Carlson’s arrival in Georgetown has been known for some time, thanks to a laptop formerly belonging to Hunter Biden which was obtained by Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and transmitted to the media in 2020.
On Thursday, The Washington Post revealed new emails and said analysis by security experts confirmed their authenticity.
The emails, the Post said, “reveal how willing Carlson was to turn on a former associate as he thrives in a hyper-partisan media world in which conservatives have made Biden a prime target for the attacks”.
“They also show how Carlson once sought to benefit from elite political circles in Washington against which he now routinely rails as a ‘ruling class’.”
Carlson told the Post that in 2014, when Joe Biden was vice president, “Hunter Biden was my neighbor. Our wives were friends. I knew him well.
“I spoke to him several times about addiction, something I know well. And I said it. I think Hunter Biden is a drug addict and that’s why his life is falling apart, and I feel bad for him. I’ve said it many times, and I mean it.”
He also said he would not comment on the emails, as they “have been described by our [intelligence] community as Russian disinformation. So why would I? And I read that in the Washington Post.”
The Post said Carlson “spoke with apparent irony.” He and others rightly accuse the mainstream media of deliberately ignoring the Biden laptop in 2020, amid reports that it may contain disinformation planted by Russia or other malicious actors.
The Post also said emails showed Carlson helping Biden in 2015, amid reports about the state of Biden’s marriage. Carlson confirmed to do so.
But the Post focused on Carlson’s apparent hypocrisy.
Citing Carlson accusing Hunter Biden of getting “lucrative jobs…because he had an important dad,” the Post said the Fox News host did so without “revealing he had already enlisted Biden to help her son to enter a prestigious private university”.
On the same January 2020 show, Carlson said, “In America today, there is nothing illegal about paying de facto bribes by offering bogus jobs to unqualified members of the family of powerful people. And since it’s perfectly legal, naturally, Hunter Biden isn’t the only one shamelessly taking advantage of his last name.
In another email reported by the Post, Susie Carlson wrote, “Tucker and I would greatly appreciate it if you could write a letter or speak to someone at Georgetown Admission’s [sic] Office about Buckley.
Biden reportedly agreed to write to the president of the university and said, “I will do whatever you want me to do.”
According to the Post, Tucker Carlson wrote, “I can’t thank you enough for writing this letter to Georgetown on Bucky’s behalf. It’s nice of you. I know it will help. I hope you are well and that we can all have dinner soon.
Buckley Carlson went to the University of Virginia. Now communications director for Jim Banks, a Republican in the Indiana House, he did not comment on the Post report.
Amid online backlash, author Radley Balko wrote“The story here is that Tucker Carlson is the living embodiment of the privileged and undeserved elitism that Tucker Carlson pokes fun at every night on his show. The Hunter Biden part is just gravy.
Right-wing accounts pointed to an NBC report that Biden’s laptop and other sources showed that between 2013 and 2018, he and his company made around $11 million from work related to Ukraine and China.