In the book many have reviewed but none fact-checked, the president’s son wrote he could not retain having sex with a stripper who later had his child, and in a recent interview with CBS News he stated he could not remember whether or not he went to a Delaware repair shop and dropped off a laptop that ended up being the center of a New York Post report at the height of his father’s presidential campaign.
"I'm not proud of it. It's why I would later challenge in court the woman from Arkansas who had a baby in 2018 and claimed the child was mine — I had no recollection of our encounter," Biden wrote. "That's how little connection I had with anyone. I was a mess, but a mess I've taken responsibility for."
An Arkansas judge directed in January 2020 that Hunter Biden was the father of the woman's child. The court’s order announced DNA tests made that fact clear.
While the child was a personal matter, the laptop grew a significant issue in his father’s campaign, as it held emails that seemed to be between him and associates that detailed business dealings with Ukraine and China and raised questions regarding his father’s potential involvement.
The Biden campaign never doubted the authenticity of the laptop, which had been left off at a Delaware computer shop before the store owner turned it over to the FBI. Then-candidate Biden insisted the reports regarding the laptop were part of a "smear campaign" and connected it to Russian disinformation efforts.
When questioned throughout a CBS interview whether the computer was in fact his, Hunter Biden claimed ignorance due to a drug-addled memory.
"For real, I don’t know," he stated. "I really don’t know what the answer is … I don’t have any idea."
He did admit that it is possible that the laptop was really his.
"Of course, certainly," he answered. "There could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me. It could be that I was hacked. It could be that it was the — that it was Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me."
During another CBS interview, Hunter Biden stated that "whether or not somebody has my laptop, whether or not it was a — I was hacked, whether or not there exists a laptop at all, I truly don't know."
He explained his forgetfulness by saying that if one reads his book they would "realize that I wasn't keeping tabs on possessions very well for about a four-year period of time," an apparent reference to when he was addicted to crack cocaine.