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Should women really hold out for Mr Perfect? As author Joanna Trollope says she’s given up on men

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Linda Kelsey, 68, (pictured) says the women who make later-life relationships work are the ones who know their priorities

Linda Kelsey, 68, (pictured) says the women who make later-life relationships work are the ones who know their priorities

Linda Kelsey, 68, (pictured) says the women who make later-life relationships work are the ones who know their priorities

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By Linda Kelsey

Bearing in mind my age — 68 — here is a wishlist for my Mr Perfect: he should be 6 ft tall, a consultant doctor in, let’s say, orthopaedics, who combines NHS work with private (more dosh), cooks like Ottolenghi, looks like Sean Connery did when he was in his 60s and is always calm in a crisis.

Here’s what I’ve got: a 5 ft 7 in, well-respected osteopath, who is financially far from flush, can cook one meal (a mean shakshuka) and bears a very passing resemblance to Leonard Cohen in his final decade. Oh, yes, and is often anxious, even when there isn’t a crisis.

If that makes my partner second best, how is it that I count myself to be a very lucky woman? One who is both loving and loved?

When it comes to love, it’s all about priorities — or it should be.

Mr Perfect doesn’t exist outside of romantic novels and our fantasies, and by the time we get to mid-life maturity, we are hopefully experienced enough to know we don’t need him anyway. What we need is a Mr Good Enough.

I can count several of my contemporaries who have held out for Mr Perfect and ended up alone, childless and not at all happy.

For those willing to compromise, priorities can differ. The number one priority for some of my friends who were looking for love in later life was finance.

One told me that she couldn’t even consider a man who had a pension pot of less than £2 million.

Well, at least she was honest about it. And she actually found what she was looking for, while quite prepared to overlook other (to quote novelist Joanna Trollope) ‘substandard’ characteristics. Turns out my friend is really happy with her man and their luxe lifestyle.

Unlike Joanna who, at 76, says she doesn’t need a man in her life, I know absolutely that I do.

If you wait around you’ll end up alone and unhappy 

Living alone doesn’t appeal to me at all. I love all the domestic stuff — eating supper together over a glass of wine, chewing over the day, going for long weekend walks together.

Taller and richer might have been nice, but when I was looking for love again after the end of my marriage more than a decade ago, I chose a man who was short, sweet, often hilarious and who I believed would always be loyal and loving. And, importantly, I fancied him. A lot.

My belief is that the women who make later-life relationships work are the ones who know their priorities but don’t attempt the impossible feat of prioritising everything.

Younger women might do well to follow suit.

Rowan (pictured) argues settling does a terrible disservice to your partner

Rowan (pictured) argues settling does a terrible disservice to your partner

Rowan (pictured) argues settling does a terrible disservice to your partner

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By Rowan  Pelling

Suppose a young person told you: ‘I’ve always dreamed of starting my own business, but it makes better sense to settle for my current job in sales.’ Would you not urge them to follow their dreams?

Strive for the top! Go for the goal! Or as my big brother told me when I was 18 and debating whether to apply to a top university: ‘It’s better to aim high than to aim low and miss.’

So why on earth does anyone tolerate the idea of ‘settling’ in love? How will embarking on a long-term relationship that’s tepid at the start keep you warm in the winter of your old age?

Also, it does a terrible disservice to the person for whom you’ve settled.

Few people I’ve observed in this situation are honest enough to say they don’t return their partner’s devotion in full. As a result, they’re always emotionally cheating the person to whom they should be closest.

I detest the modern urge to mistrust romantic love. Pragmatic types talk instead of best friends and power couples with the same backgrounds, incomes, interests and ambitions, as though that somehow solves the infernal mystery of pairing up. But the truth is, unions rarely last long without sexual chemistry.

I honestly don’t think I would still be with my husband — not even after the deaths of four parents and a step-parent, the loss of a much-wanted first pregnancy, money problems, the vicissitudes of parenting teenagers, work stress and all the traumas that necessarily accompany complex lives — if I hadn’t been struck with love’s thunderbolt at the start of our courtship.

Tepid love won’t keep you warm in old age 

However furious or disappointed we are with one another, there’s something real and golden to cling to. Something that draws us back after arguments to a position of mutual respect.

My mother once described the same level of passionate certainty she felt about my father. She said that at the start of things, they were at a party and she was sitting on one side of a sofa, with Dad on the far side and an interloper sitting in between them.

Mum suddenly had an overwhelming sense she was about to levitate and be carried by a current of love to his side. She said she knew it sounded absurd, but there was an almost supernatural force in the room.

By the time I heard that story, my father was a grumpy 70-year-old publican in an M&S cardie. But we children had the knowledge we were the result of a great passion — something I’ve been able to extend to my own sons.

Whatever the here and now, I can always tell them truthfully: ‘You were born of great love.’ 

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The coronavirus pandemic has continued to eat away at the finances of Britain’s poorest families, an economic think tank has warned.

Families from lower-income groups have been left bearing the brunt of the struggling economy, with their outgoing costs outstripping any savings brought about by the current restrictions and leaving them with increasing debts. 

In comparison richer households have built up savings faster than normal during the coronavirus crisis, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Its analysis suggests that the pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities in society. 

Britain's poorest households have been left bearing the brunt of the struggling economy, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). (Stock image)

Britain's poorest households have been left bearing the brunt of the struggling economy, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). (Stock image)

Britain’s poorest households have been left bearing the brunt of the struggling economy, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). (Stock image)

The think tank’s report found that those from the lowest-earning fifth of households had seen their savings decrease by £174 a month compared to their bank balance last year. 

This is because the poorest households tend to spend bigger percentages of their income on essentials and so often have less room to cut back. 

Meanwhile individuals from wealthier households had seen an increase in savings by £364 a month. 

The IFS said that, for richer households, falls in income have generally been outweighed by declines in spending, meaning they have been able to shore up surplus cash into savings more quickly than usual. 

The think talk said ‘forced saving’ – declines in spending on goods and services that were substantially affected or shut down by lockdown – has tended to be greater among high-income households. 

The top income fifth have reduced their spending on such goods by £195 per month typically, compared with £75 for the poorest fifth.  

Mubin Haq, chief executive of Standard Life Foundation, said: ‘Increasingly the pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities.

‘The poorest were the least able to cut back on spending, as much of their expenditure is on daily essentials. 

The analysis also found richer households have built up savings faster than normal. (Stock image)

The analysis also found richer households have built up savings faster than normal. (Stock image)

The analysis also found richer households have built up savings faster than normal. (Stock image)

‘Coupled with income falls, they saw their bank balances reduce by nearly £200 a month, whilst those on higher incomes saw increases of nearly £400 a month.

‘Finances for those on the lowest incomes are likely to deteriorate further, especially if the Government does not extend the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit beyond March next year.’   

Tom Waters, a senior research economist at IFS and an author of the report, said: ‘The inability to spend in many shut-down sectors of the economy has led to reduced spending across the income distribution.

‘However, spending falls have been higher among higher income groups, and more than outweigh falls in income, with the opposite true for the poor. 

‘This means, on average, richer households have accumulated savings faster than normal, whereas poorer households have run them down or accumulated debts.’

The IFS also said there has been little recovery in consumer spending since July, even in areas with relatively few Covid-19 cases.

After shops and other venues reopened in June, consumer spending started to rebound.

But the IFS said the recovery stalled at the end of July, and even by the end of September spending was still at 89 per cent of the level seen at the same time in 2019. 

It said that even across local authority areas with relatively low coronavirus case counts, spending has followed a similar general pattern.

Spending on the hospitality sector, which often employs lower earners, remains particularly behind.

The IFS research, funded by the Standard Life Foundation, used bank account data from budgeting app Money Dashboard.

It found the general spending decline masks big differences between sectors.

For example, spending on groceries is up by around 10 per cent on 2019 levels, while takeaway spending has increased by 60 per cent as people have spent more time at home.

But in restaurants and pubs, holidays, and transport the spending recovery has petered out. Those in the still-struggling sectors are disproportionately low earners, the report said.

The shift towards online shopping also means that people’s spending habits are not necessarily directly linked to whether they are living somewhere that has higher or lower cases of the virus.

Alex Davenport, who also authored the report, said: ‘The recovery in consumer spending initially seen following the easing of lockdown appears to have stalled, and spending in certain sectors remains well below levels seen in previous years with little change since the end of July.

‘This will have potentially devastating consequences for businesses in those sectors, and is true nationwide, even in areas where Covid-19 prevalence is still relatively low.’ 

Commenting on the report, Sarah Pennells, head of financial capability at Royal London, said: ‘Coronavirus discriminates when it comes to the financial consequences, with wealthier people effectively getting a ‘Covid-19 bonus’. Even if they’re earning less, their spending has fallen by more.

‘Anyone who’s been working from home is probably saving on the cost of commuting, lunches and after work socialising, which all adds up. But it’s a very different picture for poorer households. 

‘It’s particularly worrying that some poorer households are building up debt, as being in debt doesn’t just affect your finances, it can affect your mental health as well.’

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Tucker Carlson reveals documents implicating Joe Biden in dodgy deals went MISSING in the post

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Tucker Carlson has revealed that a dossier of documents detailing Hunter Biden’s business deals went missing in the post, somewhere between Manhattan and Los Angeles, as he airs new audio recordings discussing Hunter’s businesses.

Carlson detailed the mystery of the vanishing documents during his Wednesday evening show on Fox News.

The presenter said his team had sent documents, via an established courier, from Manhattan on Monday to Los Angeles.

At 3:44am on Tuesday someone in the courier company noticed that the envelope was empty, and the documents had been removed.

Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden's former business partner, claims Joe was aware of the deals

Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden's former business partner, claims Joe was aware of the deals

Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s former business partner, claims Joe was aware of the deals

Bobulinski insisted he was telling his story because the American public needed to know

Bobulinski insisted he was telling his story because the American public needed to know

Bobulinski insisted he was telling his story because the American public needed to know

Carlson, the most-watched person on Fox News, on Wednesday described the documents

Carlson, the most-watched person on Fox News, on Wednesday described the documents

Carlson, the most-watched person on Fox News, on Wednesday described the documents

He said no one was able to explain where the documents, damaging to the Bidens, had gone.

He did not explain what the documents described, or whether they only had one copy.

Carlson described them as ‘confidential documents related to the Biden camp’ coming from ‘a source’.

He said: ‘We believe they are authentic and, at the time we received them, my executive producer and I were in Los Angeles talking to Tony Bobulinski. 

‘So we texted a producer in New York and asked him to send us those documents to LA. 

‘Monday afternoon this week, he shipped the documents overnight to California with a large national carrier, a brand-name company that we’ve used, you’ve used countless times. 

‘But the Biden documents never arrived in Los Angeles.’

Carlson said that on Tuesday morning, the day of the Bobulinski interview, they received word from the shipping company that ‘our package had been opened and the contents were missing.’

He said: ‘The documents it disappeared.’

Hunter, pictured with his father in 2016, was exploring business deals around the world

Hunter, pictured with his father in 2016, was exploring business deals around the world

Hunter, pictured with his father in 2016, was exploring business deals around the world

Joe Biden, pictured with his younger brother Jim, a businessman, in 2008

Joe Biden, pictured with his younger brother Jim, a businessman, in 2008

Joe Biden, pictured with his younger brother Jim, a businessman, in 2008 

Joe Biden insists that he was never aware of what Hunter was doing in business

Joe Biden insists that he was never aware of what Hunter was doing in business

Joe Biden insists that he was never aware of what Hunter was doing in business

Carlson said that the courier company, ‘to its credit, took this very seriously’ and investigated.

He said they traced the envelope unti 3:44am on Tuesday, when an employee at sorting facility in another state notice that the package was ‘open and empty.’ 

Carlson explained: ‘The company security team interviewed every one of its employees who touched the envelope we sent. 

‘They searched the plane, and the trucks that carried it; they went through the office in New York where our producers dropped that package off, they combed the entire sorting facility, they used pictures of what we had sent, so the searchers would know what to look for. 

‘They went above and beyond, but found nothing.’

He said the courier company was ‘baffled and deeply bothered by this.’ 

‘And so are we,’ he concluded.

In his show on Wednesday Carlson revisited his interview the previous night with Tony Bobulinski, Hunter’s business partner, and aired new audio.

Rob Walker, one of the five in the business - Hunter and Jim, Bobulinski and James Gilliar

Rob Walker, one of the five in the business - Hunter and Jim, Bobulinski and James Gilliar

Rob Walker, one of the five in the business – Hunter and Jim, Bobulinski and James Gilliar

In the clips Rob Walker, a family friend of the Bidens’ and former Clinton official, who was one of the five men in their company Sinohawk, said that he was concerned their story would ‘blow up big time.’ 

Sinohawk, active in 2017 and wound down in 2018, comprised of Hunter Biden, his uncle Jim – Joe’s brother – Bobulinski, Walker, and a British businessman James Gilliar.

Walker is heard, on the phone with Bobulinski and Gilliar, saying: ‘I just think that if somebody comes out now and verifies the story it blows up big time that’s all.’ 

Gilliar, in a second clip, appears equally concerned, saying: ‘We’ve got this situation now where it’s escalating again because somebody, allegedly one of us three, has qualified the story. Already it’s back on the front pages.’

Bobulinski, in a third clip, says that their company is attracting attention from the Chinese firm they wish to work with as a result of the Biden name.

‘He was there because he was selling his family’s name and that’s the whole reason why the Chinese were there,’ says Bobulinski. 

‘The Chinese would’ve never been there if the Biden name wasn’t there.’ 

Carlson did not air anything more, to give context of the conversation. 

 

 

Hunter Biden’s former business partner releases audio of ‘Biden family friend imploring him not to go public’ – and claims Joe’s brother chuckled and said ‘plausible deniability’ allows the family to ‘get away with it’

A former Navy lieutenant who spent six months in 2017 in business with Hunter Biden, trying unsuccessfully to get a joint venture with a Chinese firm off the ground, has made public an audio recording from earlier this month, which he claims was a Biden associate trying to silence him.

Tony Bobulinski appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show on Tuesday night and an audio was played of Rob Walker – whose wife works for Jill Biden – allegedly warning Bobulinski not to go public with the information.  

‘If he doesn’t come out on record I am providing the facts,’ Bobulinski told Walker. 

‘You’re just going to bury all of us, man,’ Walker, described on the show as a Biden family representative, allegedly replied in the October 18 conversation.

During the interview, Bobulinski also claimed that in 2017, he asked Joe Biden’s brother Jim – who was part of their business consortium – how he could ‘get away with’ all their business dealings.

Bobulinski claimed that Jim replied: ‘Plausible deniability.’

Bobulinski further claimed during the interview that he had met Joe twice – both times in Los Angeles, on the night of May 2, 2017, and the morning of May 3, 2017. 

Bobulinski previously said he had only met Joe once – on the night of May 2. 

Tony Bobulinski spoke to Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night in an interview from Los Angeles

Tony Bobulinski spoke to Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night in an interview from Los Angeles

Tony Bobulinski spoke to Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night in an interview from Los Angeles

Joe Biden, pictured with his son Hunter in 2009, says he was unaware of Hunter's businesses

Joe Biden, pictured with his son Hunter in 2009, says he was unaware of Hunter's businesses

Joe Biden, pictured with his son Hunter in 2009, says he was unaware of Hunter’s businesses

Bobulinski calls Joe a liar

Bobulinski has since early October been pushing the story of his time in business with Hunter, 50, and his claims that Joe was involved in the attempts to make deals with their Chinese partners. 

Bobulinski and Hunter formed a company in 2017, specializing in infrastructure investment. No deals appear to have been completed, and the firm folded in 2018. 

Joe had left the White House and was a private citizen at the time. 

Nevertheless, he has insisted he and his son never discussed business – which Bobulinski claims is untrue. 

‘That’s a blatant lie when he states that,’ Bobulinski told Carlson. 

‘It’s a blatant lie.’ 

Tucker Carlson devoted the full hour of his show on Tuesday to the interview with Bobulinski

Tucker Carlson devoted the full hour of his show on Tuesday to the interview with Bobulinski

Tucker Carlson devoted the full hour of his show on Tuesday to the interview with Bobulinski

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Bobulinski held a press conference ahead of the final presidential debate last week, but did not take questions.

‘It was made clear to me that Joe Biden’s involvement was not to be made in writing, but only face to face.’

Bobulinski is listed as one of the recipients of a May 13, 2017, email detailing their business deal, and he claims that ‘the big guy’ mentioned is a reference to Joe, whom he claims Hunter regularly asked for business advice. 

Joe has always insisted he was not involved in Hunter’s numerous business ventures. 

His team and Hunter’s lawyers have not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

On Friday Bobulinski reportedly spoke to the FBI and handed over three cell phones which he said contained ‘evidence’. He did not say of what.

‘Obviously the world is aware that I attended the debate last Thursday and in that debate, he made a specific statement around questions around us from the president and I’ll be honest with you, I almost stood up and screamed a liar and walked out because I was shocked that after four days that they prepped for this at the Biden family is taking that position to the world,’ Bobulinski told Carlson.

Two meetings with Joe Biden 

Bobulinski, in Tuesday night’s interview, told in additional detail how he had allegedly met Joe in Los Angeles.

‘I first met with Hunter Biden and Jim Biden, and just had a light discussion where they briefed me that my dad’s on the way, and we won’t go into too much detail on the business front, but we will spend time talking at a high level about you, your background, the Biden family and then he’s got to get some rest because he is speaking at the conference in the morning,’ Bobulinaki said.

Joe was coming to Los Angeles to speak at the Milken Conference and discuss his ‘moonshot’ efforts to find a cure for cancer. 

Asked by Carlson why Joe would meet him, Bobulinski emphasized that Hunter and Jim wanted him to meet Joe – it was not Bobulinski wanting to meet the former vice president. 

‘They were sort of wining and dining me and presenting the strength of the Biden family to get me more engaged and taking on the CEO role and develop it both in the United States and around the world in partnership,’ he told Carlson. 

‘And as you can imagine, I’ve been asked by a hundred people over the past month why would you be meeting with Joe Biden, and sort of turn the question around to people that ask me, why that 10:38 on the night of May 2nd would Joe Biden take time out of his schedule to sit down with me in a dark bar at the Beverly Hilton’s position – behind a column so people couldn’t see us – to have a discussion about his family and my family?’ 

Bobulinski was in business with Hunter, and the pair tried to set up Chinese investments

Bobulinski was in business with Hunter, and the pair tried to set up Chinese investments

Bobulinski was in business with Hunter, and the pair tried to set up Chinese investments

Bobulinski, pictured at a press conference ahead of Thursday's debate, spoke on Tuesday

Bobulinski, pictured at a press conference ahead of Thursday's debate, spoke on Tuesday

Bobulinski, pictured at a press conference ahead of Thursday’s debate, spoke on Tuesday

In Bobulinski’s telling, when Joe arrived with his security detail, Bobulinski ‘stood up out of respect to shake his hand.’

He continued:  ‘And Hunter introduced me as: “this is Tony, the individual I told you about that’s helping us with the business we are working on in the Chinese.”‘ 

The group sat down.

Asked what they discussed, Bobulinski said that Jim ordered some food; they all ordered drinks; and Joe asked Bobulinski about his background and family. 

‘He thanked me for my service, I’m obviously very proud of that,’ Bobulinski said.

‘Then he walked through his family, obviously some of the tragedies they’ve dealt with, his political career on a high level.

‘We didn’t go into too much detail on business because prior to Joe showing up, Hunter and Jim had approached me and said this is a high-level discussion meeting. 

‘So it’s not like I was drilling down with Joe about details.’

Bobulinski told Carlson that, the following day, he had a second meeting with Joe.

‘I met with Joe Biden the morning of May 3rd at that conference, and then was taken backstage after Joe had spoken,’ he recalled.

‘We joked around for 10 minutes and then I walked out to his car, I think they referenced he was off to see lieutenant governor.’

Bobulinski said that, when they spoke, Joe ‘just asked how I did and what I thought of the speech.’ 

Bobulinski said: ‘I said great job in the speech, and obviously it’s a very serious thing we should all be working together to solve. I lost a sister-in-law to cancer. 

‘And he just sort of asked me to keep an eye on his son and his brother.’ 

When Carlson asked what he meant, Bobulinski replied: ‘I think he was conscious of things and I can’t speak for him.’

Joe has never denied meeting Bobulinski, but neither has he explained the circumstances. 

Bobulinski insisted he was telling his story because the American public needed to know

Bobulinski insisted he was telling his story because the American public needed to know

Bobulinski insisted he was telling his story because the American public needed to know

‘Plausible deniability’ 

After Bobiulinski said goodbye to Joe on May 3, he went to meet Jim at the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles, he said.

Jim Biden, seven years younger than Joe, spent two hours discussing the family’s story, and their careers. 

Bobulinski told Carlson: ‘I know Joe decided not to run in 2016, but what if he ran in the future – aren’t they taking political risk or headline risk?

‘And I remember looking at Jim Biden and saying: “how are you guys getting away with this? Aren’t you concerned?” 

‘And he looked at me and he laughed a little bit and said: “plausible deniability”.

‘He said it directly to me at the cabana at the Peninsula Hotel, after an hour and a half or two-hour meeting, with me asking out of concern how are you guys doing this, aren’t you concerned you will put your future presidential campaign at risk, the Chinese, the stuff you guys have been doing already in 2015 and 2016 around the world.

‘And I can almost picture his face where he sort of chuckles and says plausible deniability.’

Jim has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Joe Biden, pictured with his younger brother Jim, a businessman, in 2008

Joe Biden, pictured with his younger brother Jim, a businessman, in 2008

Joe Biden, pictured with his younger brother Jim, a businessman, in 2008 

Jim Biden (pictured with wife Sara) formed a company with his nephew Hunter to work on infrastructure

Jim Biden (pictured with wife Sara) formed a company with his nephew Hunter to work on infrastructure

Jim Biden (pictured with wife Sara) formed a company with his nephew Hunter to work on infrastructure

Russian disinformation?

Bobulinski told Carlson that he felt compelled to come forward following Joe’s repeated insistence that he had no involvement in Hunter and Jim’s businesses.

Bobulinski’s account of his dealings with Hunter, and his allegations about Joe was provided to the Wall Street Journal in late October.

The Journal began investigating the documents Bobulinski provided, and concluded, in a report published on the night of the debate, October 22, that there was no evidence Joe had any role in their company. 

The New York Post had by that point published their own story involving Hunter’s emails, after Rudy Giuliani – Donald Trump’s lawyer – gave the paper a laptop he claimed belonged to Hunter.

The first story, on October 14, claimed that Hunter leveraged his father’s name to secure business deals in Ukraine. It did not mention Bobulinski’s name.

The following day, October 15, the Post published a second story, marking the first time Bobulinski’s name was mentioned.

The Post story looked at Bobulinski’s business dealings with Hunter, his uncle Jim and two other men – James Gilliar, a long-time friend of Bobulinski’s, and Rob Walker, a friend of the Bidens.

Walker’s wife Betsy is Jill Biden’s personal assistant.

Bobulinski said that, when people started speculating that he was some sort of Russian pawn, being played to discredit the Bidens so close to the election, he felt compelled to clear his name and publicly tell all he knew.

‘They brought in Russian disinformation and basically associated my name with that, which is absolutely disgusting to me and I had to go on the record,’ Bobulinski told Carlson.

‘We went through three years of every day Russia, Russia, Russia. It’s just absurd. The Cold War is over.’ 

‘Bury us all’ 

Bobulinski concluded that he had to make his case public, and clear his name. 

Carlson said: ‘The Biden family knew that you were going public with this and you spoke to Rob Walker about it, the self-described Biden family representative. What was his response when you let him know that you were going public with this?’

Bobulinski replied: ‘Trying to coach me, trying to say we don’t want to do that, we don’t want press trucks out in front of our house and we have to move because it’s my job and all of that.

‘I’m not trying to cause any harm to anyone in this situation, let alone Rob Walker and his family, but basically, his position was if you go on record, you will bury all of us.’ 

Carlson broadcast the audio of Walker saying ‘bury all of us’, which had been recorded on October 18. 

‘If he doesn’t come out on record I am providing the facts,’ Bobulinski told Walker. 

Walker warns him: ‘Tony, you’re just going to bury all of us, man.’ 

Walker has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

Rob Walker, one of the five in the business - Hunter and Jim, Bobulinski and James Gilliar

Rob Walker, one of the five in the business - Hunter and Jim, Bobulinski and James Gilliar

Rob Walker, one of the five in the business – Hunter and Jim, Bobulinski and James Gilliar

How it all ended

Bobulinski on Tuesday night provided an extremely complicated story as to how his business dealings with Hunter and Jim, Walker and Gilliar came to an end.

He said that the Chinese partners in the deal promised $10 million – $5 million as their capital funding, and $5 million as a loan to the Bidens.

But as the summer of 2017 dragged on, the money was not forthcoming, and the Chinese company began speaking to Russian investors – a development which worried Bobulinski, as he felt they would miss out to the Russians. 

‘I did reach out to Hunter Biden in October 2017 asking him if they haven’t funded the $10 million to have you done something that I am no,’ he said, suggesting that Hunter Biden received money but used it for other purposes.

No evidence was provided of the Chinese ever paying money in to the company, and it was wound up officially in 2018.   

What it means

Bobulinski on Tuesday night repeatedly stressed that he was ‘irrelevant’ in the story; that he had not wanted to appear on television, but that he felt the story needed to be told.  

Asked what he thought this all meant, Bobulinski replied: ‘I think they are compromised. 

‘I just don’t see, given the history here, and the facts, how Joe can’t be influenced in some manner based on the history that they have with stuff like that.’

Bobulinski said he had received death threats, and had a team of former Navy Seals stationed outside his family’s house. 

Hunter Biden, left, has long been known for his failed business deals. He is pictured with his father

Hunter Biden, left, has long been known for his failed business deals. He is pictured with his father

Hunter Biden, left, has long been known for his failed business deals. He is pictured with his father

Joe Biden insists that he was never aware of what Hunter was doing in business

Joe Biden insists that he was never aware of what Hunter was doing in business

Joe Biden insists that he was never aware of what Hunter was doing in business

Hunter, pictured with his father in 2016, was exploring business deals around the world

Hunter, pictured with his father in 2016, was exploring business deals around the world

Hunter, pictured with his father in 2016, was exploring business deals around the world

Trump has seized upon the emails from Bobulinski, and others from a laptop that Hunter reportedly took to be repaired, as supposed evidence of the Biden family’s corruption.

Joe during Thursday night’s debate vehemently denied having ever taken any money from foreign governments.

The Biden campaign insists that Trump is attempting to divert attention away from his own shortcomings, and Trump critics have suggested that it is part of a Russian-orchestrated disinformation plot.

On Sunday night, in a 60 Minutes interview, Biden spoke out about the laptop scandal and the emails that have been found detailing plans for business ventures involving China and Ukraine.

Joe said he believed that Giuliani, who has touted the laptop around various media outlets seeking publicity, was being used by Russia.

‘From what I’ve read and know, the intelligence community warned the president that Giuliani was being fed disinformation from the Russians,’ Biden said. 

‘And we also know that Putin is trying very hard to spread disinformation about Joe Biden. 

‘And so when you put the combination of Russia, Giuliani, the president, together – it’s just what it is. 

‘It’s a smear campaign because he has nothing he wants to talk about. What is he running on? What is he running on?’

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moment burglar gets his just desserts as police find him asleep next to a half eaten cheesecake

A man who broke into a restaurant was found by police asleep on the floor inside next to a half-eaten cheesecake.

Video from an officer’s body camera showed him looking bewildered and shouting ‘whoa, whoa, whoa’ to the police, one of whom tells him to ‘wake up’.

When he asked what was happening, he was told: ‘You broke into a bar, man.’

Mark Cooper, 41, was arrested last Saturday morning in Sunderland.

A burglar was caught sleeping on the job next to a half-eaten cheesecake at a Sunderland bar and restaurant

A burglar was caught sleeping on the job next to a half-eaten cheesecake at a Sunderland bar and restaurant

A burglar was caught sleeping on the job next to a half-eaten cheesecake at a Sunderland bar and restaurant

Raiders had broken into the empty till and stolen food and alcohol at 808 Bar & Kitchen on St Thomas’ Street in the city.

Cooper admitted burglary when he appeared before magistrates in South Tyneside and was jailed for 26 weeks. 

After the case, Detective Constable Catherine Gibson said: ‘This burglary clearly proved to be tiring work for Cooper, and it’s safe to say he was brought back to the real world with a bump when awoken by our officers.’

Officers are continuing to investigate others thought to have been involved in the break-in.

Mark Cooper, 41, was jailed for 26 weeks for the burglary at the 808 Bar & Kitchen on St Thomas' Street in Sunderland

Mark Cooper, 41, was jailed for 26 weeks for the burglary at the 808 Bar & Kitchen on St Thomas' Street in Sunderland

Mark Cooper, 41, was jailed for 26 weeks for the burglary at the 808 Bar & Kitchen on St Thomas’ Street in Sunderland

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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