Secretary of State Antony Blinken Appears Baffled as GOP Legislator Asks Him Questions About Hunter Biden During Congressional Hearing on Afghanistan
- Rep. Scott Perry Used An Afghanistan Hearing On Monday To Ask Secretary Of State Antony Blinken About Hunter Biden
- He asked, “How long was your recent FBI interview?”
- A stunned Blinken said he didn’t understand what the question was about
- Perry further asked if the State Department had handed over any documents about Hunter Biden, Burisma and a lobbying firm
- Blink stammered before saying he couldn’t comment on legal proceedings involving the department
Secretary of State Antony Blinken got at least one question he wasn’t expecting when he appeared before Congress on Monday to discuss Afghanistan: Had he handed over documents about Hunter Biden and his dealings in Ukraine to the FBI?
Republican Representative Scott Perry used his five minutes to question the nation’s top diplomat about what he knew about an investigation into the president’s wayward son.
The result was a witness who struggled to find the words to respond.
Perry had first inquired about the US withdrawal from Afghanistan — the subject of the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing — before relenting.
“A little off topic here, but I think it’s interesting,” he said.
“How long was your recent FBI interview? Was it an explanation?’
Blinken replied, “I’m sorry I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“I’m sorry I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a Congressional hearing on Afghanistan when asked if he had been interviewed by the FBI.
Rep. Scott Perry used his time at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing to ask Blinken about Hunter Biden
To which Perry asked, “Are you saying you haven’t had an interview with the FBI recently since becoming Secretary of State?”
Blinken, appearing via video link, paused. “I’m not sure what you’re talking about, and I’d be happy to discuss that with you offline,” he said at last.
Perry asked if the State Department had handed over documents to the FBI regarding Hunter Biden, Burisma — the Ukrainian energy company where the president’s son once worked — or the Blue State Strategies Corporation, a Washington lobbying firm associated with Biden. that worked for Burisma.
Republican efforts to investigate Burisma and corruption allegations were central to President Trump’s first impeachment.
And earlier this year, it turned out that the Department of Justice was investigating Blue State Strategies.
Blinken stumbled over his words, “Uh, you’ll have to, uh…” before Perry interrupted to ask, “And you don’t know about this?”
Blinken replied, “It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment on any legal process the department…”
“I’m not asking you to comment on the legal process,” Perry said, interrupting again.
“I’m just asking if you’ve been interviewed by the FBI since you became Secretary of State!”
Blinken must have been prepared for a whim, given the government’s handling of the withdrawal of US troops and the evacuation of civilians, by allies and critics alike.
Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, became the unlikely subject of a congressional hearing on Afghanistan Monday when Rep. Perry brought up his name
And he understood, as he faced calls for his resignation during several heated rounds of interrogation.
But he probably wasn’t expecting a barrage of questions about the affairs of the president’s son.
Deputy Gregory Meeks, the chairman of the committee, intervened to get the hearing back on track.
“Let me remind the gentleman that the subject of this hearing is Afghanistan,” he said.
Perry had no remorse.
‘I appreciate it, Mr. Chairman,’ he began, ‘but the secretary generally refuses to answer questions about Afghanistan, so I thought we were talking about something you should be well acquainted with.
“Have you tried to alter any of your testimony from last year’s Senate inquiry on this subject?”
At that point, his time had expired, leaving Blinken to return to his main task: warding off complaints from angry GOP lawmakers about the government’s response to the collapse of the Afghan government.