Three weeks before Election Day, Trump allies go after Hunter — and Joe — Biden

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Rudolph W. Giuliani and Stephen K. Bannon helped make public private materials purportedly belonging to Joe Biden's son, but publication by the New York Post raised questions.
Hunter Biden, Democratic nominee Joe Biden's son, seen in this video from the online broadcast of the Democratic National Convention. (—/Democratic National Convention/A)

President Trump's personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani and his former top adviser Stephen K. Bannon, who have attracted the scrutiny of U.S. authorities for their political dealings in recent months, helped make public private materials purported to belong to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son in an attempt to swing support to the struggling incumbent.

The Washington Post was unable to verify the authenticity of the alleged emails and other correspondence that the New York Post published Wednesday and said had come from the younger Biden's computer and hard drive.

Neither Giuliani nor Bannon responded to multiple requests to review the hard drive and other materials for verification, nor did they respond to phone calls and emails on Wednesday seeking interviews.

An attorney for Giuliani responded to an email on which he was copied to ask what outlet the reporter represented. There were no further replies.

The New York Post, which is owned by conservative media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, said its report was based on materials it said it heard about from Bannon and were provided by Giuliani. The material, which it described as a "massive trove of data" that included video, was the subject of several stories published Wednesday.

Since late last year, Giuliani has said, he has met multiple times with Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach. The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Derkach in September for being an active Russian agent interfering in the 2020 campaign, which Derkach has denied. Bannon recently pleaded not guilty to federal money-laundering and fraud charges.

The report Wednesday did not markedly advance what is already known about Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings, other than to suggest that at one point he gave Vadym Pozharskyi, a Ukrainian business colleague, "an…
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