Rudy Giuliani said he chose to release his Hunter Biden story to the New York Post because he knew other outlets would scrutinize it too much

  • Rudy Giuliani told The New York Times he chose to give The New York Post a copy of a hard drive that led to the publication's "smoking gun" stories on Hunter Biden because other media sites would "spend all the time they could to try to contradict it before they put it out."
  • Several New York Post journalists voiced concerns over The Post's Biden stories, which suggested that Joe Biden leveraged his power as vice president to help his son Hunter.
  • Business Insider previously reported that the Post's stories are full of red flags that raise questions about its authenticity. 
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President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told The New York Times that he gave the New York Post a copy of a hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden because he believed they would publish it without too much scrutiny. 

Giuliani told The Times that he chose the New York tabloid because "either nobody else would take it, or if they took it, they would spend all the time they could to try to contradict it before they put it out."

Several New York Post journalists voiced concerns over the Biden stories in interviews with The Times and New York Magazine's the Intelligencer, saying sourcing was "flimsy" and didn't meet "journalistic standards."

The Post published its reports on Hunter Biden last week, exposing emails purportedly written by the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and stolen off a laptop left at a repair shop owned by a Trump supporter. Emails cited in The Post's series suggested that Joe Biden used his power as vice president to help his son curry favor with a Ukrainian energy company.

The Post's reporting was filled with holes and red flags that raise questions about its authenticity, including whether the emails are real, how they were obtained, and who obtained them.

The FBI announced last week that it was investigating whether the Biden emails were part of a foreign intelligence operation.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Giuliani said concerns the leaks were part of a Russian disinformation campaign were "a bunch of bulls—."

He did say, however, that there was a "50/50" chance that once of his associates, Ukrainian government official Andrii Derkach, was a Russian spy.

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