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© Win McNamee/Getty ImagesThen US President Donald Trump: "Leaked emails prove Biden is 'a corrupt politician'"
Former US Attorney General Bill Barr on Monday accused President Biden of having "lied to the American people" during a presidential debate when he called The Post's exposure of his son Hunter Biden's emails "a Russian plant."

During an appearance on Fox News, Barr said:
"I was very disturbed during the debate when candidate Biden lied to the American people about the laptop.

"He's squarely confronted with the laptop, and he suggested that it was Russian disinformation and pointed to the letter written by some intelligence people that was baseless — which he knew was a lie. And I was shocked by that."

The comments from Barr — who recently authored a tell-all memoir, One Damn Thing After Another, that's critical of former President Donald Trump — came after the New York Times last week said emails it obtained had been authenticated by sources familiar with them and with the federal probe into Hunter Biden's taxes.

The Times and other media outlets previously denigrated The Post's exclusive reporting on the emails, saying the material hadn't been independently verified.

During the Oct. 22, 2020, debate, Trump suggested the emails showed Biden was "a corrupt politician" and called his scandal-scarred son's computer "the laptop from hell."

Biden responded:
"There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what this, he's accusing me of, is a Russian plant. They have said that this has all the characteristics — four, five former heads of the CIA, both parties — say what he's saying is a bunch of garbage."
Last week, only five of 51 former officials — including former National Security Director Jim Clapper — told The Post they still stood by an Oct. 19, 2020, public statement that said the release of the emails had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation."

Five others declined to comment, while 39 signers didn't respond and two couldn't be contacted.