In The Bulwark morning email, Charlie Sykes predicts that Donald Trump is Finished. Here is one reason why - there is no October surprise, at least no HunterGate.
WSJ vs. WSJ: This. Is. Amazing.
For days, we’ve been hearing that the Wall Street Journal was working on a big investigative piece on Hunter Biden. At first, last night, it looked like it was this opinion piece by Kimberly Strassel that rehashed the details of Hunter’s attempts to launch a business venture in China. But within a few minutes, the Wall Street Journal’s news department weighed in with a dueling article, essentially debunking the whole thing.
Text messages and emails related to the venture that were provided to the Journal by Mr. Bobulinski, mainly from the spring and summer of 2017, don’t show either Hunter Biden or James Biden discussing a role for Joe Biden in the venture.
Mr. Gilliar told the Journal: “I would like to clear up any speculation that former Vice President Biden was involved with the 2017 discussions about our potential business structure. I am unaware of any involvement at anytime of the former Vice President. The activity in question never delivered any project revenue.”
So, to sum up: Hunter may have had some sketchy ideas; the deal never happened; there is no evidence that Joe Biden played any role; and the whole thing happened in 2017, after the former VP had left office.
We can expect continued heavy-breathing from TrumpWorld and self-stroking from the usual suspects in the conservative media, but this is not going to be the October Surprise of Trump’s dreams.