BREAKING NEWS: White House Bans The New York Post From Attending Biden Event

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks marking National Small Business Week during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 1, 2023. REUTERS/Leah Millis

The White House stopped the New York Post from attending President Joe Biden’s event on Monday. The reporters suggest that the decision has to do with the looming legal troubles that Hunter Biden faces. 

New York Post’s White House correspondent Steven Nelson wrote that he was not given the press credentials he requested on Sunday to attend Biden’s remarks on “Investing in Airline Accountability.” 

White House staff replied to Nelson on Monday and said, “We are unable to accommodate your credential request to attend the Investing in Airline Accountability Remarks on 5/8. The remarks will be live-streamed and can be viewed at WH.gov.”

“Thank you for understanding. We will let you know if a credential becomes available,” White House staff added. 

Fox News reported:

Nelson replied to the email with a list of questions about what he dubbed the White House’s “mysterious prescreening program” that was implemented to curate which reporters can attend presidential events, pressing whether access is denied based on their coverage of the Biden administration. The White House did not respond to Nelson’s inquiry. 

While the White House did not indicate there were space limitations when rejecting Nelson’s credentials, he did obtain a photo from Daily Caller’s White House correspondent Diana Giebova, which showed empty seats at Monday’s event, reporting “There were about 20 empty press seats” in total. 

Nelson told Fox News Digital there was “relatively light interest” in Monday’s event since Biden hasn’t taken many questions from reporters in recent months “so a lot of people didn’t even RSVP.”

The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Nelson has a long track record in holding the White House accountable for scandals, especially the ones about Hunter Biden. The New York Post has been very aggressive in the reporting of the First Family. They famously broke the bombshell report about Hunter’s laptop during the 2020 presidential election. 

Nelson helped write and spearhead an open letter to the White House last year to lift any restrictions on reporters and grant access to all events, which was supported by journalists from all news organizations.

Monday’s barring from the event came just a few days after a report that federal prosecutors are nearing a decision on whether to indict Hunter Biden over tax and gun-related violations. 

A whistleblower from the IRS is alleging, through an attorney, that the IRS’s investigation into Hunter Biden was politicized. A separate whistleblower from the FBI has told GOP lawmakers that there is a document within the bureau that outlines a bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden accepting foreign money in exchange for favorable policy. The lawmakers have said they have not seen the evidence yet, but view the whistleblower as trustworthy.

Biden continues to defend his son Hunter. He most recently did so in an interview with MSNBC on Friday when he was asked how potential criminal charges brought by his own Department of Justice will impact his presidency.

Biden knocked the “negative” press coverage he receives.

“All they’ve heard is negative news for three years. Everything is negative,” Biden said. “I’m not being critical of the press, but you turn on the television — the only way you’re gonna get a hit is if there’s something negative.”

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