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Dem Party Chair Changes 2020 Rules 'Midstream' After Saying 'We Can't Change The Rules Midstream'



This year’s candidate debates could shape who Democrats pick as a nominee to run against Donald Trump, and now the party is changing some of the rules for who can be in the debates in the middle of the process, drawing criticism from candidates including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Tom Steyer. In this Special Report, MSNBC’s Ari Melber charts the role of debates, the controversial new DNC rule change, the impact on candidates including Mike Bloomberg, and how the DNC’s shift conflicts with statements the party chair Tom Perez made as recently as January, when he said, “we made the rules, they were very transparent, they’re very inclusive, and we can’t change the rules midstream.” (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. Aired on 02/13/20.
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Dem Party Chair Changes 2020 Rules ‘Midstream’ After Saying ‘We Can’t Change The Rules Midstream’


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  1. dan112020

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    WAKE UP America. IMPEACHED imbecilic paedophile trump aka individual 1 has thrown out the American CONSTITUTION and the American rule of law aided and abetted by Billy slime ball Barr. A pig in a wig and a toad in glasses – what a pair. And the DEMS are talking about whether they should let Bloomberg in to the debates and the nominations. Bloomberg is the most effective democratic candidate so far and the only Dem candidate to get under IMPEACHED imbecilic paedophile trump skin and Bloomberg the only candidate to truly know IMPEACHED imbecilic paedophile trump. I cannot believe what I'm hearing let Bloomberg in, change the rules, play NASTY like trump/Barr/republicaniski/Russians.

  2. Chela Buford

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    I said from the beginning Tom Perez was a horrible pick. He has offered the most tepid, uninspiring, corrupt lack of leadership possible.I hate to say I was right. Demand his resignation.

  3. dan112020

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Billy slimeball Barr has not turned, Billy slime ball Barr is simply trying to cover himself and pretend that Billy boy Barr is independent of IMPEACHED imbecilic paedophile trump aka individual 1 America do not be fooled, did you see Billy boy Barr could not help but grin and smirk in this clip, If Billy boy Barr was serious, he would have been able to keep his serious face constantly throughout this segment.

  4. Duane St John

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Ari you forgot to shave the right side of your mustache.. Must have been late for work this morning…

  5. Richard Ball

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Hey Bloomberg! Can you Buy a spot for Yang on that Debate too?

  6. Guy Werbrouck

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    And I thought there was something rotten in the Kingdom of Denmark! The smell seems to be coming from the other side of the ocean…

  7. daniela Sanchez

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    It's not fear , the main reason to do it is to damage Bernie Sanders. Once again here we go .

  8. John D

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Tom perez looks ill or on some type of substance. Always looking frail and sweaty

  9. Chas Jostin

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Perez got a under the table money Bloomberg's passing so freely around seems like a Democrat party

  10. Jay Pride

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Hi, concerned citizen here.

    Can you explain why the DNC has pushed very specific, non-AP reported, pre-written editorials to your organization on numerous occasions, often crafted to attack Bernie Sanders and, earlier, Tulsi Gabbard?

    Can you comment on the amount of money the DNC pays for these services?

    Can you confirm the names on the Journo list used by the DNC to disseminate this propaganda?

    I'd be happy to take the answers to these questions publically, as a response here. The American people deserve to be shown the underbelly of both parties, the propaganda, the secretive scheming of the elite. It's sad that modern journalists are those very elite now.

    Look up "crossfire" in tweets on the Ukrainian airliner shot down by Iran. Over 50 "independent" journalists and news orgs tweeted the word "crossfire" in their first-run tweet headlines. There was no AP freelance article with a matching headline. This was a JournoList narrative provided to all of them at the same time. Now do the same for Tulsi Gabbard headlines or Bernie Sanders headlines. Same patterns, same strange "coincidences".

  11. John Cathcart

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    I am so sick of Tulsi Gabbard, she's gotta go. I also hate everything about this push for Bloomberg.

  12. mike mitchell

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Smells like 2016 all over again.

  13. RAP

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Let's ALL face this Fact: The Radicalized Democratic Soviet Socialist/Fascist Party Boat of HATE, DIVISION, CRIME, SHAME, FRAUD, DECEIT, DISGRACE and DEATH is Sinking into the Abyss. President Trump is going to make Minced Meat out of the Hapless Liberal Socialist/Communist Democrat nominee in November. Make Absolutely NO Mistake about that. Our President Will Be Reelected in a MASSIVE Landslide BLOWOUT Victory and We the GOOD People of America Will Be Celebrating another SWEET, SWEET Political Victory for the ages. The Washington Swamp Draining Will Continue.

    MAGA! KAG!

  14. jdubbjazzbass

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Progressive………..that word is kryptonite to dnc………

  15. chimpakawanzelu

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    the only democrat candidate with democrat values is an independent.

  16. Ray Holden

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    So the NFL changes the rules at halftime during the Superbowl because the winner wasn't the one that a major advertiser wanted. No big deal. Well except there would be riots in the street.

  17. Yuki-Onna

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

  18. Cool Hand Mark

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

  19. The Modern Dictator

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    One of the most genuine journalist today is Ari

  20. jim cherkas

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    What MSNBC complaining about the Democratic National Committee

  21. Tiger Tiger

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Oooooh that US$$$$ money, it gona fight any any changes.., that money in either Rep or Dem pockets… it don’t like the “change” F no

  22. Millie Ortiz

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

  23. Douglas Lees

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Perez doesn´t resign, because he has no integrity. He should have resigned after Iowa. No accountability


    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Why you dems continualy support this corrupt party is nuts. From the core, your party is corrupt. Super delegates. #walkaway

  25. A Robot Army

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    I can’t believe I’m hearing this on MSNBC.

  26. Young PaperTowel

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    This is called buying your way into the election. It's sickening

  27. Ron Alberto

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Get Rid of Tom Perez.
    Take him Out.
    Lock Him Up

  28. M Cahill

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Changing the rules Ha Ha what rules you kidding me Congress Senate the "president" ( if you want to call it that) all recognize there's no such thing as rules. Next thing to go out the window will be Freedom. Get ready for martial law.

  29. Jorge Stolfi

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    The DNC is almost as corrupt as the RNC. The only way America can save its democracy is by junking the insanely moronic election system (Electoral College, district voting) AND the two-party system.
    Parties are not in the Constitution, and its authors considered them serious dangers to be avoided. They are mafias that decide beforehand who the people is supposed to vote for — and sell that decision to the highest bidders.

  30. foresaken to none

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    A Hypothetical foretelling of the future with the Democratic Party in charge!!! Safe to say…starts with an F…ends with Up???

  31. Omarious

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    The democrats are changing the rules in favor of a republican… this is how failed democracies start. Welcome to oligarchy.

  32. Lexo Getti

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    It is Transparent because they told you about the rule change. I take that as Transparent. I also think Bloomberg should be allowed in the debates so we can figure out what he is going to do. The debates gives us a view of the candidates plans for the Country should they win. Realistically the Grass Roots requirement was simply a push to force those seeking nomination to campaign in states the democrats in the past neglected and what got Trump elected.

  33. BritishYankee

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Its not fair

  34. Edgy1

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    the party is falling apart. literally.

  35. AJ V

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    First time I ever liked an MSNBC video.

  36. Revdope 1

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    The only person capable of running against Trump is Chuck Norris, and Chuck Norris don't vote Democrat.

  37. Rob Fahey

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Lmao a republican with 55 billion is buying the election as dems sit and watch.

  38. Alex Najera

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Alright nevada you know the drill. Theyre trying to take down Sanders so prove them wrong!

  39. landsolo

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    When your Chairperson resembles a Ferret with AIDs

  40. Endo Roboto

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Ari are you going to be the guy to give Sanders a fair shot on MSNBC? I guess that lady that called you out the other night really lit a fire.

  41. Bellicose Ataraxia

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Bernie for president….if they screw him it is time to #walkaway from the Democrats

  42. Cherrie Dee

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Rule change: Hillzebub Clinton MUST be declared the Democratic nominee.

  43. dementeduncle

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    DNC wants Bloomberg in because Bernie is running double digit leads in polls. When Bernie wins the nomination, he runs the party… folks will be in charge at the DNC.
    There's a revolution brewing comrade….things will be changing.

  44. Aden Hussein

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    They see burnie winning and they wana change to cheat burnie. We will let trump win if they cheat burnie this time

  45. Myron Caballero

    February 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Tom Perez must go all of these Obama and Hillary pundits must go they are way to corrupt clean house #bernie2020

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Fed Focused on Coronavirus Fallout at January Meeting




WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials left interest rates unchanged at their January meeting as the economy grew steadily, but they spent their meeting reviewing risks to the outlook — including fresh concerns about the coronavirus that had begun to take hold in China.

Minutes from the Fed’s Jan. 28 and 29 meeting showed that officials called the new coronavirus “a new risk to the global growth outlook.” At the time, the outbreak had killed more than 100 people and sickened about 5,000. It has continued to spread since, causing more than 2,000 deaths and infecting more than 75,000 people.

Central bankers have been cautious about predicting how much the virus will affect the United States economy, though they have made it clear that they expect some spillover. Swaths of China have ground to a standstill as authorities try to contain the virus by shuttering factories and enforcing quarantines, disrupting trade and tourism. Factories across the nation are reopening, but haltingly.

The Fed is monitoring how the economic fallout in China bears on American growth and inflation.

“The question for us really is: What will be the effects on the U.S. economy? Will they be persistent, will they be material?” Jerome H. Powell, the Fed chair, told lawmakers while testifying last week. “We know that there will be some, very likely to be some effects on the United States. I think it’s just too early to say.”

Fed officials have signaled that they plan to leave policy unchanged as they wait to see how the economy shapes up in 2020. That patient stance comes after central bankers cut interest rates three times last year in a bid to insulate the economy against fallout from President Trump’s trade war and a slowdown abroad.

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      World Health Organization officials have praised China’s aggressive response to the virus by closing transportation, schools and markets. This week, a team of experts from the W.H.O. arrived in Beijing to offer assistance.
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      The United States and Australia are temporarily denying entry to noncitizens who recently traveled to China and several airlines have canceled flights.
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While an initial trade deal with China has alleviated some uncertainty that dogged America’s economy last year, tensions are not fully resolved. Beyond that, manufacturing remains slow and business investment is still weak.

“Participants generally expected trade-related uncertainty to remain somewhat elevated, and they were mindful of the possibility that the tentative signs of stabilization in global growth could fade,” according to the January minutes. Against that backdrop, they saw the current policy as “likely to remain appropriate for a time.”

Interest rates are currently set in a range between 1.5 and 1.75 percent. That is below the Fed’s longer-run estimate of where its rate will settle, and officials believe the current stance should give the economy a slight boost.

The central bank’s next meeting will take place March 17 and 18 in Washington. Since the January gathering, Fed officials have consistently signaled that they remain comfortable leaving rates unchanged for now, unless an economic surprise knocks them off that course.

Policymakers also discussed the future of their bond-buying program at their meeting last month. The central bank has been snapping up $60 billion in Treasury bills per month since mid-October. Officials say the program is a technical fix meant to prevent a money market disruption that happened in September from repeating.

The Fed had just stopped shrinking its bond holdings, swollen by post-crisis stimulus programs, when rates in the obscure but important market for short-term lending between banks temporarily jumped. Officials concluded that they may have gone too far in draining reserves — deposits at the Fed — from the financial system, contributing to that cash crunch.

To fix the problem, they swelled their balance sheet holdings using a combination of short-term operations and bill purchases. Now, the size of those temporary programs is shrinking, and bill purchases are being used to make sure that reserves in the financial system stay at what the Fed considers an “ample” level.

Lorie Logan, who oversees the open market account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said that conditions would support slowing Treasury bill purchases in the second quarter of this year.

“As reserves reached durably ample levels, we intend to slow our purchases to a pace that will allow our balance sheet to grow in line with trend demand for our liabilities,” Mr. Powell told lawmakers last week, meaning that the balance sheet would grow along with the economy.

Central bankers also discussed a longer-running problem at the January gathering: Inflation has remained below policymakers’ 2 percent goal even as the unemployment rate lingers near half-century lows and the economy grows steadily.

“A few participants stressed that the committee should be more explicit about the need to achieve its inflation goal on a sustained basis,” the minutes said. Several said that “mild overshooting” might help the Fed to reinforce that its goal is symmetric, meaning that officials want price gains to oscillate around 2 percent rather than hovering below that level.


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Hunter Biden scandals explained: Ukraine, China, drug history and more




From his eyebrow-raising dealings in Delaware, China and Ukraine to controversies involving drug use and child support, Hunter Biden is no stranger to scandal. The son of former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has faced accusations of corrupt behavior from both sides of the political aisle, and played a starring role in the recently concluded impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

The younger Biden’s distinct scandals are best understood in rough chronological order because Republicans have argued that Biden’s apparently irresponsible behavior only made it more likely that his later sweetheart gigs were obtained not through merit, but because of connections that he could monetize.


In 2008, both The New York Times and The American Spectator highlighted Hunter Biden’s sweetheart gigs while his father rose in political prominence. The articles, written as Barack Obama and John McCain vied for the White House, found that Hunter Biden received consulting fees from the financial services company MBNA from 2001 to 2005 — while his father, then a senator, was pushing successfully for legislation that would make it harder for consumers to file for bankruptcy protection.

The precise amount of the payments was unclear, but a company official once said Hunter Biden was receiving at least a $100,000 per year retainer, the Times reported. Hunter Biden, now 49, previously had been an executive at MBNA beginning in 1996, but the consulting fees came years after his departure from the company as a full-time employee.

Aides to then-presidential candidate Barack Obama at the time denied that any lobbying had occurred, and insisted the payments were proper. However, that explanation was immediately treated with skepticism. The Trump campaign recently posted a contemporaneous interview in which an incredulous Tom Brokaw asked Joe Biden whether it was “inappropriate” for the then-senator to have his son “collecting money from this big credit card company while you were on the [Senate] floor protecting its interests.”

Hunter Biden’s previous work as an executive at MBNA from 1996 to 1998 also has raised what critics called red flags.

Rachel Mullen, a former senior personal banking officer at MBNA from 1994-2001 who later went into Republican politics, tweeted that managers referred to the younger Biden as “Senator MBNA” after he was hired into a lucrative management-prep track right after he graduated from Yale Law School.

An MBNA source who previously worked at the company told Fox News that other employees heard Hunter Biden boasting that his salary was unusually high, even for the management-prep track — which was widely seen in the company as a way to groom and pamper well-connected executive candidates with powerful family members.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Somersworth, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The source said Biden’s “Senator MBNA” nickname was not politically motivated, but rather reflected a widely held belief among managers – who did not work directly with Biden – that he essentially was engaged in lobbying.

The Bidens’ connections with MBNA apparently ran deep. In a January 2008 article entitled “The Senator from MBNA,” columnist Byron York recounted how then-MBNA vice chairman John Cochran paid “top dollar” for Joe Biden’s home in February 1996, just prior to his Senate reelection bid, and that “MBNA gave Cochran a lot of money – $330,000– to help with ‘expenses’ related to the move.”

The $1.2M sale was a “pretty darned good deal for Biden,” York wrote, noting that “Cochran simply paid Biden’s full asking price” even though the “house needed quite a bit of work; contractors and their trucks descended on the house for months after the purchase.”

Asked how Cochran and Biden found each other for the sale, an MBNA spokesperson told York: “That’s a very personal question.”

Aside from MBNA during this period, the younger Biden worked at a lobbying firm and served on the board of Amtrak — a prestigious role he apparently obtained through his connections, although Democrats claimed he deserved the post because he traveled regularly on trains.

“Hunter Biden has spent a lot of time on Amtrak trains. Like his father, like our congressman, Mike Castle, and myself, Hunter Biden has lived in Delaware while using Amtrak to commute to his job as we commute to our job in Washington almost every day of the week,” Democratic Delaware Sen. Tom Carper said at a hearing on Biden’s nomination to the Amtrak board in June 2006. “You know, you learn a lot about what could work and what would work better at Amtrak by riding trains and talking to the passengers, the commuters, the passengers, the folks who work on the trains and make them work every day.”

Navy expulsion

In 2014, Hunter was kicked out of the military after testing positive for cocaine. The Navy said that Biden, a former lobbyist who worked at a private equity firm, was discharged barely a year after he was selected for his part-time position as a public affairs officer in the Navy Reserve.

Two people familiar with the situation quickly told the media that Biden was discharged because he failed a drug test in 2013. The Wall Street Journal first reported Biden’s discharge and failed drug test.


An attorney by training, Biden applied to join the Navy Reserve as a public affairs officer and was selected in 2012 — one of seven candidates recommended for a direct commission for public affairs. A board of senior Navy officers interviewed Biden before making the recommendation.

Photo exclusively obtained by Fox News shows Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and Devon Archer golfing. The elder Biden has denied discussing his overseas business dealings with his son.

Photo exclusively obtained by Fox News shows Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and Devon Archer golfing. The elder Biden has denied discussing his overseas business dealings with his son.

Because he was 42 at the time, he needed a special waiver to be accepted. Cmdr. Ryan Perry, a spokesman for the Navy, said Biden had been assigned to the Navy Public Affairs Support Element East, based in Norfolk, Va.


Hunter Biden and and his friend Devon Archer joined the natural gas company Burisma Holdings board in April 2014. Biden apparently cannot speak Ukrainian and had no relevant natural gas experience.

Joe Biden has acknowledged on camera that in spring 2016, when he was vice president and spearheading the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy, he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire top prosecutor Viktor Shokin. At the time, Shokin was investigating the notoriously corrupt Burisma Holdings — where Hunter’s role was especially lucrative. The vice president threatened to withhold $1 billion in critical U.S. aid if Shokin was not fired.

“Well, son of a b—h, he got fired,” Biden joked at a panel two years after leaving office. Shokin himself had already been widely accused of corruption.


Critics alleged Hunter Biden might have been selling access to his father, who had pushed Ukraine to increase its natural gas production.

Government officials have raised similar concerns. During the House impeachment proceedings, a career State Department employee testified that he had flagged Hunter Biden’s apparent conflict of interest, but was told essentially not to bother the vice president’s office.

“Impossible to justify $50k/month for Hunter Biden serving on a Ukrainian energy board w zero expertise unless he promised to sell access,” political scientist Ian Bremmer previously tweeted.

Joe Biden has said he never discussed his son’s overseas business dealings — an assertion seemingly contradicted by both his son and a photo exclusively obtained by Fox News.

“I know I did nothing wrong at all. Was it poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is a swamp in many ways? Yeah,” Hunter Biden said in an exclusive sit-down with ABC’s Amy Robach at his Los Angeles home last October.


He acknowledged he may not have gotten the job were it not for his connections to the vice presidency.

In the ABC News report last year which also delved into the Bidens’ China dealings, journalist Tom Llamas called it “strange” that Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings, widely accused of corruption, had appointed Hunter Biden to its board of directors — and agreed to pay Hunter Biden’s company “more than a million dollars a year.”

“Hunter — a lawyer, who had just been discharged from the Navy Reserves for testing positive for cocaine,” Llamas says incredulously. “He had served on other boards, but had no known experience in Ukraine or natural gas.”

Earlier this month, the Treasury Department complied with a Senate inquiry into the younger Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and reportedly handed over highly sensitive financial records and “evidence of questionable origin.”


Top Republican senators recently requested travel records from the Secret Service that might shed light on Hunter Biden’s dealings in China, which Trump has long said merit a state investigation.

Much of the focus concerns Biden’s position as one of nine directors at BHR — a private-equity company controlled by Chinese government-backed stakeholders. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said the arrangement raised red flags.

Hunter Biden on Oct. 11, 2012, waiting for the start of the his father's, Vice President Joe Biden's, debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Hunter Biden on Oct. 11, 2012, waiting for the start of the his father’s, Vice President Joe Biden’s, debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

“In December of 2013, one month after Rosemont Seneca’s joint venture with Bohai Capital to form BHR, Hunter Biden reportedly flew aboard Air Force Two with then-Vice President Biden to China,” the senators wrote. “While in China, he helped arrange for Jonathan Li, CEO of Bohai Capital, to ‘shake hands’ with Vice President Biden.”

“Afterward,” they continued, “Hunter Biden met with Li for reportedly a ‘social meeting.’ After the China trip, BHR’s business license was approved.

Then, in 2015, BHR joined with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to acquire Henniges, which was the ‘biggest Chinese investment into U.S. automotive manufacturing assets to date.'”

The senators also sought travel records relating to Biden’s trips to Ukraine, if any.

Last year, Biden stepped down from the board of BHR and said he wouldn’t take similar roles if his father won the presidency. The Wall Street Journal reported that BHR Partners filings show that while Hunter was a director of BHR since its founding, he didn’t become a shareholder until October 2017.

Trump has specifically accused Biden of walking “out of China with $1.5 billion in a fund.” The Journal reported in 2014 that BHR was trying to raise that much money to invest outside of China, but it’s otherwise unclear what the president was referencing.


In January of this year Hunter Biden agreed to pay monthly child support retroactive to November 2018, ending a standoff that began after the judge in his Arkansas paternity case ordered him to appear in person for a hearing to explain why he shouldn’t be held in contempt.

Biden had previously denied paternity, before a DNA test proved otherwise.


The court redacted the amount of child support that Biden agreed to pay, pursuant to his agreement with plaintiff Lunden Alexis Roberts, who alleged Biden was an entirely absent father.

However, Independence County Circuit Court Judge Holly Meyer noted that she “lacks sufficient information” to determine the appropriate amount of “permanent” child support “based off the defendant’s income,” and that modifications to the child support owed each month could be made based on additional evidence.

Contempt proceedings over Biden’s repeated failure to turn over relevant financial documents have been delayed until March 1, giving Biden an opportunity to resolve the issue in the meantime by providing the information.

“The Court specifically reserves the right to retroactively amend or modify child support without the need for the filing of a proper motion by either party to modify support,” the judge wrote. “If the evidence indicates that the defendant should have paid more in support than the amount set forth in this Order, the Court may order that he pay an additional amount after receiving credit for the amount he has paid.”


The paternity dispute has presented headaches for the elder Biden ever since a court filing showed that DNA results indicated he was now a grandfather. Joe Biden tangled with a Fox News reporter on camera when asked about that development last November.

“No one has said my son has done anything wrong.”

— Joe Biden

“I’m wondering if you have a comment on this report, and court filing, out of Arkansas, that your son Hunter just made you a grandfather again,” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked.

“No, that’s a private matter and I have no comment,” Biden fired back before attacking the reporter.

“Only you would ask that,” Biden said. “You’re a good man. You’re a good man. Classy.”

Campaigning late last year, Biden has also lashed out at voters — even appearing to call one man “fat” for bringing up issues with his son’s possible corruption and questioning his fitness for office.

“You’re a damn liar, man,” Biden said. “Let’s do push-ups together here, man. Let’s run. Let’s do whatever you want to do. Let’s take an IQ test. … No one has said my son has done anything wrong.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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