Retired Navy officer Tony Bobulinski told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the Biden family hoped to avoid any scrutiny over their tangled web of financial ties to foreign entities for alleged influence-peddling with two simple words: "Plausible Deniability."
“I remember saying, ‘How are you guys getting away with this?’ ‘Aren't you concerned?’” he told Carlson.
He claims that Jim Biden chuckled.
"'Plausible Deniability,' he said it directly to me in a cabana at the Peninsula Hotel,” he said.
In the interview, he outlines how an alleged meeting with Joe Biden took place on May 2, 2017.
Here's the thing about plausible deniability: Your denials need to be... what's the word for it? Oh yeah! Plausible. I mean, it's right there in the phrase, isn't it? Plausible deniability.
So, let's walk through Joe Biden's recent denials, and we'll let you decide if any of this is plausible.
Biden's first denial: “My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong.”
This was at a debate of Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination last year. Please note, Biden didn't say neither he nor his son did anything illegal. He merely said they did nothing wrong.
Hunter Biden made millions of dollars from foreign businesses with direct ties to corrupt and/or hostile governments where his father had direct influence over American policy. Russia, Ukraine, and Russia, to name a few.
He made this money without providing any discernible product or service in exchange for the riches. Nobody can tell us exactly what Hunter Biden (and Joe Biden's brother, Jim) did to earn the money they received from these companies.
It's up to you to decide if this financial arrangement was wrong or not, but let's see what Joe Biden himself said about the arrangement around the same time of his first denial. (Emphasis mine)
"No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will, in fact, have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country. Period. Period. End of story,"
So, his son did nothing wrong, but if he's president, he won't allow his son to do the same thing that he just said wasn't wrong. I mean... if it wasn't wrong when he was vice president, why wouldn't he allow it if he were to be president?
That seems to be an implausible denial.
Biden's next denial: “No one has said my son did anything wrong.”
Biden said this one many times. Including a famous moment on the campaign trail when he called a voter, an ordinary American citizen, a "damn liar" for raising the issue of his son's overseas dealings.
WATCH: A tense exchange with a voter at ?@JoeBiden?’s event in New Hampton, IA this morning, where a voter started out by telling Biden he had two problems with him: he was too old, and his son’s work in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/ok7m0ShFPd— Molly Nagle (@MollyNagle3) December 5, 2019
First of all, I think his son did something wrong. You probably think he did something wrong. President Trump certainly thinks he did something wrong. So to say, "No one has said my son did anything wrong" is just wrong on the face of it. What Biden means is no one he has any respect or regard for said his son did anything wrong.
But here's the thing: Hunter Biden himself admitted to ABC News that his dealings in Ukraine were wrong:
“Did I make a mistake? Well, maybe in the grand scheme of things, yeah,” he said. “But did I make a mistake based upon some … ethical lapse? Absolutely not.”
Furthermore, the John Kerry State Department alerted the Obama/Biden White House of the conflict of interest in 2015, according to the Wall Street Journal:
A career State Department official told congressional investigators this week that he raised concerns in 2015 with a senior official at the White House about then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son being on the board of a Ukrainian natural-gas company because of concerns about the potential optics of a conflict of interest, a person familiar with the matter said.
The State Department official, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, told lawmakers behind closed doors on Tuesday that he raised the issue in January.
If by "no one," Biden doesn't include the people in the State Department who were in charge of overseeing our diplomatic efforts in Ukraine at the time, I guess you could believe this denial.
Otherwise, this is an implausible denial.
Biden's latest denial: This is nothing but Russian disinformation
"From what I've read and know, the intelligence community warned the president that Giuliani was being fed disinformation from the Russians,” Biden said in a "60 Minutes" interview this past week. "We also know that-- Putin is trying very hard to spread disinformation about Joe Biden… And so when you put the combination of Russia, Giuliani-- the president, together-- it's just what it is."
To believe the Hunter Biden scandal is "disinformation" from the Kremlin, you need to believe that the emails found on his abandoned computer are forgeries.
Are they? Well, Mr. Bobulinski has personally verified them to the FBI and has turned over three cell phones with corroborating emails and text messages.
Also, according to the Daily Caller, forensic experts examining the emails have independently verified the veracity of the most important one:
An email Hunter Biden received in April 2015 from a Burisma executive discussing an introduction to then-Vice President Joe Biden, which lies at the heart of a New York Post investigation, is unquestionably authentic, a cybersecurity expert told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday.
The DCNF obtained a full copy of Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday. The DCNF provided Robert Graham, the founder of the cybersecurity firm Errata Security, with a copy of the email and its metadata for forensic analysis.
Graham, who has been cited as a cybersecurity expert in The Washington Post, the Associated Press, Wired, Engadget and other news and technology outlets, told the DCNF that he used a cryptographic signature found in the email’s metadata to validate that Vadym Pozharsky, an advisor to Burisma’s board of directors, emailed Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015.
So, to believe that this scandal is merely "Russian disinformation," you need to defy the cyber experts, the corroborating evidence, the corroborating, on-the-record testimony and... even more implausibly, you'd have to believe Adam Schiff who has been lying about such matters for the past several years.
"Who are you gonna believe Adam Schiff, or your lying eyes?" seems to be Biden's position here. And, for me, that's an easy choice.
Russian disinformation? An implausible denial.
Yeah, "plausible deniability" makes perfect sense and is a great strategy to get away with the dirty, sordid little scheme the Biden family appears to have cooked up with these foreign businesses, but it only works if the denials are, in fact, plausible.
What do you say? Do you believe any of "The Big Guy's" denials? Implausible.