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Fox News host Jesse Watters went back and forth with Jessica Tarlov, the sole liberal co-host of “The Five,” over a new development involving President Joe Biden and members of his family.
Earlier this month, House Republicans discovered a $200,000 check written to Joe by his brother, James Biden, on March 1, 2018, which they claimed was a “smoking gun” linking him to international business dealings.
The show played a clip of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) saying that Republicans believe the father of Hunter Biden and other relatives were all involved in unsavory and potentially illicit business dealings, adding that the GOP-led House was planning to subpoena Hunter very soon to testify about their claims.
Tarlov claimed that the check was not evidence of anything nefarious, and of course, Watters disagreed.
“Jessica and her ilk for years have said, ‘Well, you don’t have money going directly into Joe Biden’s bank account.’ All right, so now we have a check for $200,000 from one company through the brother to Joe’s bank account,” Watters said to begin the segment.
“Ok, you still say that that’s not from overseas. That was a loan. OK, OK. What happens if the next check originates somewhere really bad, Jessica? And I mean really bad?” he continued.
“And it goes through Hunter or James, and it goes directly into Joe Biden’s checking account? Is that your smoking gun? Is that your smoking gun, Jessica? Because, as you said, that was a smoking gun if money went from overseas directly into Joe Biden’s bank account. If a check comes out at some point from that avenue, is that a smoking gun?” Watters asked as the segment already began to get heated.
“Ok, so two things —” Tarlov began before Watters immediately shot back, “Yes or no?”
“No,” Tarlov said.
“It’s not? Woah, woah, woah. Jessica! For a year, you said, ‘The money never hit his bank account.’ What if I have a check that hits his bank account that comes from overseas? Is that not a smoking gun?” Watters demanded to know.
Tarlov then attempted to respond, but Watters cut her off as he continued to explode.
“Someone help me out,” she pleaded with her co-hosts as Watters continued interrupting. “Ok, if, uh, uh, uh, Ok —”
Tarlov finally got the chance to explain that the check the panel had been discussing was dated 2018, before Biden was president.
“Is he in elected office, and did he do something about it? So, that check, that 2018 check, was when he was not doing anything except hanging around, and there was an explanation for it. So if you get a check, then you can connect that to an action that he took,” Tarlov said.
“Oh, no, not to an action that he took! That was just an action that he took. Because before you said none of the money from overseas went into his checking account—” Watters began before Tarlov jumped in and said, “That’s not true!”
“So now it’s an action?” Watters demanded.
“You are yelling, and there’s no reason for it,” Tarlov complained.
“There’s a reason,” Watters continued. “I was promised a smoking gun, and if I deliver a smoking gun, you have to admit that gun was smoking.”
Jesse Watters RIPS lefty co-host Jessica Tarlov after Biden Family BUSTED with “direct evidence of money laundering scheme” with $200,000 personal check. pic.twitter.com/EAzWbYI7Qy
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Earlier this month, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) told Newsmax TV host Eric Bolling that GOP investigators had discovered a wealth of financial data linked to the Bidens with nefarious origins.
“We built a case that will win in court, and we’ve made it all the way to the personal bank records of the Bidens,” Comer said.
“So now that we can trace the money, we have enough bank records that we can bring the Bidens in,” Comer said. “So we’re preparing everything now to be able to serve them and try to bring them in. We’ve got a couple more bank statements that need to come in first, but when that all comes in, it should be in a matter of days.”
“Then I think the American people who want to see this family held accountable, I think they’re going to be very satisfied with the next step,” the GOP leader and former banker added.