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    GQ Journo Trolled for Finding ‘Russian Mark’ in US Paper's Tweet on DNA Test Involving Hunter Biden

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    The son of former US Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter, has recently come under increased media scrutiny over his business dealings in Ukraine since an impeachment inquiry was launched against the US president alleging that Donald Trump tried to pressure his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate the Biden family’s activity in the country.

    GQ correspondent Julia Ioffe has had to publicly admit making a rather glaring gaffe and delete several tweets after pointing out a “Russian quotation mark” in a story by the American outlet Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. 

    The 200-year-old American outlet reported that a DNA test proved Hunter Biden, the son of former US Vice President Joe Biden, has been named as the father of Lunden Alexis Roberts' 15-month-old child. Roberts filed a lawsuit in late May asking a court to establish paternity of her child.

    On Wednesday, Ioffe, who previously lost her job at Politico following a scandal involving comments about Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka, shared a viral post from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, expressing skepticism about the aofrementioned story and hinting that it might have been boosted by “Russian trolls”.

    “Note the Russian quotation mark", Ioffe wrote in her Twitter post, pointing out the symbol the paper used in the viral post.

    Ioffe admitted her blunder and deleted her tweets after receiving pushback and a wave of responses from social media users, including the former President of Estonia, who observed that this symbol should not necessarily be linked to the Russian language and suggested the journalist was “a bit paranoid”.

    “Deleted a couple tweets after being correctly corrected. Turns out the paper had used that symbol before", the journalist wrote.

    ​Although Ioffe publicly retracted her claims, the trolling did not stop, with social media users mocking the “Russians everywhere” craze and the idea that a media outlet in Arkansas is “totally in bed with the Russians”.

    The news comes following reports that Hunter Biden has been recognised by DNA testing to be the father of a 15-month old child with 28-year-old Lunden Alexis Roberts. Roberts filed a suit in May of this year seeking to establish Biden's paternity of her child despite his constant denials.

    The child was born in August 2018, while Hunter was still in relationship with his brother Beau’s widow Hallie Biden. Biden’s lawyers agreed to DNA testing in October of this year, and he is not expected to challenge the results, according to the revealed court documents. Biden, who has been married to South African filmmaker Melissa Cohen since May, has not publicly commented on the revelation yet.

    The son of former US Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden came under increased scrutiny this year following an impeachment inquiry launched against US President Donald Trump alleging that he pressured his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to start a probe into the Biden family's activity in Ukraine, where Hunter Biden was on the board of directors of the Ukrainian company Burisma.

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