Andrew Kerr of the Washington Free Beacon reports on an implausible claim from President Biden.

President Joe Biden on Monday denied any knowledge of his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings, the latest in a series of confusing, and seemingly goalpost-shifting statements from the White House.

Biden offered a simple “no” in response to a reporter’s query, “Did you lie about never speaking to Hunter about his business deals?” Days earlier, White House spokesman Ian Sams responded to mounting evidence to the contrary by claiming simply that President Biden “was not in business with his son.” Sams’s statement itself contradicted Biden’s oft-repeated claim, which the president has maintained since 2019, that he’s never discussed foreign business deals with his son.

The various statements offer a glimpse into the White House’s frenzied response to the release of bombshell texts implicating the president in his son’s Chinese energy dealings. Congress last week made public testimony from IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley, which shows that Hunter Biden invoked his father’s name in a threatening text message to a Chinese business partner.

“We would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled,” Hunter Biden said in the July 30, 2017, message. “I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.”

Photographs from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop place him at Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, residence when he sent the text, the Washington Free Beacon reported. Ten days after Hunter Biden invoked his father’s name, a Chinese official associated with CEFC China Energy wired two payments totaling $5.1 million to the first son.

The texts, which IRS investigators obtained from an electronic search warrant of Hunter Biden’s iCloud account, are the latest in a growing mountain of evidence suggesting the president was intimately aware of his son’s foreign business dealings, specifically the deal with CEFC China.