Following its publication of bombshell revelations concerning Hunter Biden and his alleged influence peddling, which led him to take a stake in a Chinese investment vehicle created in partnership with politically-connected individuals, the New York Post was immediately censored by Twitter and the other social media giants, as they alleged the emails, texts and other information shared by the NYPost had either been "hacked", or were completely fraudulent.
Fast forward five months, and Hunter Biden admitted in an interview with CBS's "Sunday Morning" program that the "laptop from hell" might indeed be his. Asked a point-blank yes-or-no question about the water-damaged laptop (which was eventually seized by the FBI's top child porn investigator) Hunter replied that the laptop "absolutely" belonged to him, but that it could have been "hacked", "stolen" or - who knows? He insisted that he didn't drop it off at the laptop repair shop, contradicting the shop owner's claims that he believed Hunter was the one who dropped them off.
Some clips from the interview were published Friday, but on Sunday morning, the full interview was aired, and it included even more probing questions. Asked about the federal tax probe that he's currently facing, Biden insisted that he is "100% certain that at the end of the investigation, that I will be cleared of any wrongdoing."
He added that he is "cooperating completely" and that..."all I can do is cooperate", before CBS delved into B-roll detailing Hunter Biden's upbringing in the public eye, and the tragic car accident that killed his mother. Afterward, CBS detailed Biden's "substance abuse" struggles for years.
At one point, Biden detailed a previously private story about his father shirking his secret service to visit Hunter Biden's apartment and encourage him to go to rehab.
"I spent more time on my hands and knees, picking through rugs, smoking anything that even remotely resembled crack-cocaine. I've probably smoked more parmesean cheese than anyone that you know. I went one time for 13 days without sleeping...smoking crack and drinking vodka exclusively throughout that time."
The interview was timed to promote the younger Biden's book, "Beautiful Things," reportedly named for a phrase he and his deceased brother, Beau Biden, used to describe their lives.
The interview delved into other sensitive subjects, like Hunter's relationship with his dead brother's widow. "To me, it's not something that's difficult to explain because it came out of a real overwhelming grief that we both shared...that grief turned into a hope for a love that maybe we thought could replace what we had lost."
The interview also probed Biden's decision to join Burisma, the Ukrainian energy firm that later embroiled him and his family "in a political firestorm". Looking back, did Hunter make "a mistake" by taking a spot on the board of Burisma? "No" he insisted, even after being pressed about whether he had "foreseen" the optics. "Not one investigative body, not one serious journalist has ever come to the conclusion that I did anything wrong, or that my father did anything wrong."
Watch the full interview below: