Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy has revealed that the White House tried to “bully” him after President Biden angrily scolded him at a press conference this week.
Doocy approached the president during an appearance in New Mexico and asked him about recent reports concerning his apparent interaction with his son Hunter Biden’s foreign business partners.
Doocy asked Biden about testimony given by former Hunter Biden business partner and friend Devon Archer – who said that then-Vice President Biden had spoken to a number of Hunter’s associates via speaker phone. The president snapped at Doocy, telling him that his question was “lousy” and tried to walk away.
Doocy pushed back, asking, “What makes it a lousy question?”
“Because it’s not true,” the president said, and he left.
“Doocy said that the White House called him as soon as he made it to his car to refute the specifics of the allegations on discussing business. The use of White House staff to repeat these positions could magnify the problems for Biden,” Turley said.
Turley also said that this could prove dangerous for Biden if Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith continues down his current path.
He maintained that if former President Donald Trump could be prosecuted for “knowingly lying” about whether or not he had won the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden could potentially be impeached for “knowingly lying” about Hunter’s foreign business dealings.
The encounter between Doocy and the White House officials is a sign of the growing tensions between the White House and the press. Biden has been criticized for his angry outbursts at reporters, and the White House has been accused of trying to intimidate the press.
The White House needs to find a way to have a productive relationship with the press. The press plays an important role in holding the government accountable, and the White House needs to be willing to answer tough questions.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 10, 2023
…Doocy said that the White House called him as soon as he made it to his car to refute the specifics of the allegations on discussing business. The use of White House staff to repeat these positions could magnify the problems for Biden. https://t.co/30HRB1CDFX
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) August 10, 2023