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Trump Compares Files on Hunter Biden's Computer to Anthony Weiner Scandal

Newsweek logo Newsweek 10/17/2020 Jeffery Martin
Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: President Donald Trump said Friday that files allegedly found on Hunter Biden's personal laptop could be worse than those discovered on the laptop of former Congressman Anthony Weiner. © Joe Raedle/Getty President Donald Trump said Friday that files allegedly found on Hunter Biden's personal laptop could be worse than those discovered on the laptop of former Congressman Anthony Weiner.

At a campaign event in Macon, Georgia on Friday, President Donald Trump compared files allegedly found on Hunter Biden's laptop with explicit pictures discovered on former Congressman Anthony Weiner's computer by the FBI.

Files on a laptop with a Biden Foundation sticker on it, which allegedly connected Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to shady business dealings in Ukraine, were reported on by the New York Post on Wednesday. While Trump has brought up the allegations during public remarks in the following days, some observers have criticized the story for using uncorroborated sources. Weiner pleaded guilty in 2017 to sending obscene material to a minor and was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

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"Between Anthony Weiner's laptop and this laptop," Trump said, referring to this computer, "these are two beauties. I think this one could be worse than the Weiner laptop."

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for further comment.

According to the New York Post, the information from the computer's hard drive was given to them by Trump's personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani. The Post published PDFs of the alleged emails without dates or metadata, causing some observers to doubt the story's authenticity. Social media platforms initially attempted to curb the sharing of the story. Twitter locked down the Twitter account of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday after she posted a link to the story.

This is a breaking story and will be updated with further information.

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