Trump rips media for 'letting Hunter Biden scandal fade away' despite claiming 'everyone knows it's true'

DONALD Trump has criticised the media for not covering allegations of impropriety against Hunter Biden, the son of presidential rival Joe Biden.

Speaking at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Monday, he went on to claim that "everybody knows it's true" that the former vice president is corrupt.

The comments come after weeks of controversial reports about Hunter Biden's personal and professional life.

In October, the New York Post claimed to have seen a copy of a laptop hard drive belonging to Hunter Biden handed to it by Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudi Giuliani.

The hard drive purportedly contained evidence of $21,000 of payments to a "live cam" site, tens of thousands of dollars spent at a strip club, and photos in which Hunter appears to be intoxicated.

It was also said to include an e-mail from an adviser to Ukrainian gas firm Burisma, where Hunter previously served as a board member, thanking him for an invitation to meet his father.

Giuliani claimed to have obtained the laptop after Hunter took it to a Delaware repair shop in April 2019.

The credibility of the claims has been widely questioned, and a letter signed by dozens of intelligence officials and published by Politico suggested Giuliani may have been the target of a Russian misinformation operation.

Joe Biden has said the reports are part of a "smear campaign" and strongly denied ever using his position as vice president to help his son.

Speaking at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Monday, President Trump said: "Outside of what I say, it is fading away, because you can't have a scandal if nobody writes about it.

"So we have the fake news not writing about it and you have the Big Tech not…

"So how can you have a scandal? Nobody's talking about it.

"We don't have freedom of the press. Probably haven't had it for a long time."

After the Hunter Biden story was published by the New York Post, Facebook and Twitter both took steps to prevent it being shared on their platforms.

Testifying before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the measures had been taken after consultation with the FBI.

Since launching his first presidential bid in 2015, Donald Trump has frequently attacked the media, accusing it of inaccurate reporting and having a liberal bias.

The comments come as Americans head to voting stations across the country to decide whether to grant Trump a second term in office.

Polls currently suggest a steady lead for Biden both nationally and in a number of key swing states.

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