U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks throughout a marketing campaign occasion at United Association (UA) Plumbers Local 27 in Erie, PA, October 10, 2020.
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden warned marketing campaign donors on Thursday that President Donald Trump is “going to throw everything but the kitchen sink at me” throughout the 19 days remaining earlier than Election Day.
Biden advised attendees that he expects extra “lies and distortion” to be directed at him by the Trump marketing campaign.
Biden spoke a day after The New York Post ran a sequence of articles claiming that he had met with a Ukrainian vitality government at the behest of his son Hunter Biden who was a board member of the government’s firm, Burisma. The supposed assembly got here months earlier than then-Vice President Biden pressured Ukraine authorities officers to fireplace a prosecutor who purportedly was investigating the firm.
The declare that the prosecutor was conducting such a probe at the time has been debunked.
Biden didn’t point out The Post’s report, but did refer to “misinformation” about him at Thursday’s occasion.
“I know these are anxious times,” Biden advised the fundraising attendees.
“I appreciate everything you’re doing for the campaign,” he mentioned. “We have 19 days left, and you know, he’s going to throw everything but the kitchen sink at me.”
But, he added, “I think you’ve put me in a position to be able to respond in real time in a way that we can compete.”
Biden and a number one Democratic fundraising web site have considerably outraised a Republican web site in the lately completed monetary quarter, yet one more signal of bother for Trump, who is badly trailing Biden in nationwide polls.
Biden has denied talking along with his son about Hunter’s work for Burisma, and the Biden marketing campaign mentioned there is no such document of a gathering.
A replica of the laptop arduous drive supposedly owned by Hunter Biden that is the foundation for The Post’s report was given to the newspaper by Trump’s private lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
George Mesires, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, mentioned in a press release Thursday, “We have no idea where this came from, and certainly cannot credit anything that Rudy Giuliani provided to the NY Post, but what I do know for certain is that this purported meeting never happened.”
Biden’s presidential marketing campaign on Wednesday mentioned that a number of investigations, together with probes by two Republican-led Senate committees, have discovered that Biden “carried out official U.S. policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing.”
“The New York Post never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story,” he added. “They certainly never raised that Rudy Giuliani — whose discredited conspiracy theories and alliance with figures connected to Russian intelligence have been widely reported — claimed to have such materials,” mentioned Andrew Bates, a Biden spokesman.
But the Republican incumbent Trump and his allies since Wednesday have repeatedly highlighted The Post’s stories, and blasted the social media giants Facebook and Twitter for taking steps that restricted the unfold of the articles’ contents on their platforms.
Biden introduced Wednesday that his marketing campaign introduced in $383 million in donations throughout September, a bit greater than his marketing campaign’s record-breaking haul in August. Biden marketing campaign supervisor Jen O’Malley Dillon mentioned that the marketing campaign had greater than $400 million available coming into October.
ActBlue, the Democratic fundraising web site, on Thursday revealed that it processed $1.5 billion in donations constituted of July via September.
ActBlue’s tally was greater than double the greater than $620 million in donations throughout the identical time interval processed by WinRed, the Republican fundraising web site.
Trump’s marketing campaign has not revealed fundraising numbers for September.