Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported on the contents of emails found in the laptop believed to belong to Hunter Biden, raising questions about whether a former top CNBC executive had improperly directed his wife to make donations. to political organizations.
The report focuses on Brian Steel, the former senior vice president of communications at CNBC, and an email sent to President Joe Biden’s son in September 2016.
“Emails came to us from a source with access to Hunter Biden’s laptop, the one he supposedly left at the repair shop. We’re not sure we believe that story. But the laptop itself is absolutely realCarlson said Friday on his show. “These documents show that a CNBC executive used his wife to evade corporate rules that prohibit financial contributions to political campaigns.”
“In 2015 Breitbart reported first the wife of a man named Brian Steel, who until recently served as executive vice president at CNBC, was a donor to Hillary Clinton. A major Hillary Clinton donor,” Carlson said. “That report came to light after a CNBC Republican debate with several biased questions in favor of Democrats. It was actually pretty over the top. It’s on YouTube. Treat yourself.”
“The emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop showed that Brian Steel’s wife was spending that money and his leadership, which we believe is actually illegal, we’ll leave that to the lawyers to determine. But here are the facts,” Carlson continued. “In September 2016, Hunter sent Biden Steel an email inviting him to a fundraiser for a former Biden aide who was running for Congress in South Carolina. The candidate was named Francis – ‘Fran Person.'”
Fran Person, a former University of South Carolina football player and former assistant to Joe Biden when he was a U.S. Senator from Delaware and Vice President, he ran as a Democrat in an effort to oust the then Representative. Mick Mulvaney to represent the 5th Congressional District. Mulvaney won that match and became a top aide to Trump in his administration.
Carlson shared the contents of an email from Steel that read, “‘I’d love to support [congressional candidate] French [person] but unfortunately, as an EVP of cnbc, I am not allowed to donate to political campaigns. In recent years, I’ve been able to get around that by having my wife donate, but after CNBC staged a controversial/aggressive Republican debate earlier this year, Breitbart and rush limbaugh showed me as the husband of a ‘max’ Hillary donor, so I can’t even get Eileen to donate anymore.'”
“Explicitly, anyone?” said Carlson after a big laugh.
Steel was at CNBC from 2007 until recently, a month or so ago 2021, during which time his wife donated $16,000 to the Democrats. How much of that money was given at his direction? We’ve reached out to Steel and CNBC for comment, and neither has contacted us. Not surprisingly,” he concluded.
The Washington Examiner examined Federal Election Commission records showing that an “Eileen H. Libutti” made three donations to Hillary for America and the Hillary Victory Fund in the amount of $8,100 between June 2015 and July 2016, and $16,299 in total Democrats since 2008.
Eileen Libutti, managing partner at law firm Lewis Johs Avalone Aviles LLP in New York City, was the person named as Steel’s wife in reporting the late radio host Rush Limbaugh discussed on his show in November 2015.
FEC records show no donations from Libutti or Steel to Fran’s campaign. The Washington Examiner also contacted Libutti for comment on Carlson’s coverage of her and her husband.
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Original author: Daniel Chaitin, Kaelan Deese