The news these days for President Joe Biden and his errant son Hunter is almost all bad. As the Justice Department investigates Hunter Biden for tax and weapons charges, it’s become increasingly obvious over the years that Joe Biden has far more to answer for than Hunter does.
The headlines haven’t been kind to the Biden White House of late: “Hunter Biden payments to Eastern European escort ring were flagged by bank: Report,” “Hunter Biden laptop shows dozens of meetings with dad, business partners,” “Overwhelming Evidence: Joe Biden Lied, Had Dozens of Meetings with Hunter Biden’s Business Partner,” “Inside The Biden Family Business (Or Not),” and, perhaps most seriously of all, “Report: Justice Department Weighs Charging Hunter Biden for Tax, Gun Violations.”
Yes, Joe Biden has been revealed to be a grifter who tolerated his own very compromised son’s illegal escapades in order to build his family’s wealth. And then he lied about it, repeatedly. What’s shocking is how long it’s gone on.
Many of the recent revelations come from Hunter Biden’s misplaced laptop, whose contents are now being spilled on the Internet as the mainstream media do their best to ignore the lost PC’s politically disastrous contents.
There is a virtual mountain of damning information emerging from that small computer.
It starts with Hunter possibly lying to get a gun permit in 2018, saying on the application he had no drug addictions when in fact he was a major user of illicit drugs.
But that isn’t all. More serious is the charge that then-Vice President Joe Biden met repeatedly with Hunter from 2008 to 2016 after he had contacts with foreign “business” partners. Biden has repeatedly, and categorically, denied this. But the evidence is overwhelming.
As the New York Post recently wrote, “Hunter Biden met with his father at least 30 times at the White House or the vice president’s residence, often just days after he returned home from overseas business jaunts.”
The question is, what was the content of all those meetings? Was Hunter a bagman for Joe Biden’s well-known “connections” in Ukraine, Russia and China?
Even more intriguing is the fact that Eric Schwerin, the president of Hunter Biden’s “investment company” Rosemont Seneca Partners, was invited to attend at least 21 of the 30 meetings.
As the Post noted, “Schwerin was a longtime Hunter Biden business confidante, and had access to the elder Biden’s personal financial information.” These don’t sound like family schmooze fests, but rather like serious business.
Over at American Greatness, another piece of the puzzle has been added. It shows that the Biden administration recently has “limited access” to more than 150 “suspicious activity” reports on Hunter Biden.
Now why would it do that?
Among those “suspicious activities” are thousands of dollars of payments from accounts connected to Hunter Biden to a Russian-linked “escort service” called UberGFE, a company tied to both prostitution and human trafficking. As for Hunter’s payments to the group, they were financed by, yep, Joe Biden.
One is left to wonder: What information did the escort service, and likely Russia’s intelligence, have on Hunter as a result of his relationship? Was there a quid-pro-quo? Do they have dirt on Joe Biden?
And how is this related, if at all, to Hunter’s lucrative seat on the board of directors at the Burisma Holdings energy company in Ukraine? Hunter Biden was paid $1 million a year for his services, at least until Joe Biden was no longer vice president.
All this is only part of a much bigger picture of well-documented corruption found in Peter Schweizer’s 2018 “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends.” It’s not new.
But a recent revelation really stands out. First reported by the New York Post, the BBC last year noted a “purported email from Hunter Biden in August 2017 that indicated he was receiving a $10 million annual fee from a Chinese billionaire for “introductions alone,” though it is unclear who was involved in the alleged introductions.
The BBC report added: “Another purported email … reportedly refers to a deal pursued by Hunter involving China’s largest private energy firm. It is said to include a cryptic mention of ’10 held by H for the big guy.’ Former Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski has noted that the “big guy” referred to Joe Biden.
Pull back, and the corruption picture gets even bigger. White House climate czar John Kerry’s family, with close ties to the Bidens, was in on the questionable deal-making.
In December 2013, Biden traveled to China for talks, taking Hunter with him. The senior Biden soft-pedaled Beijing’s aggression while highlighting the trade partnership. Ten days after the trip was over, the Bank of China set up a $1 billion joint venture called Bohai Harvest RST. “RS” referred to Hunter’s firm, Rosemont Seneca.
But Rosemont Seneca was most closely tied to both Kerry and his step-son Chris Heinz, who joined forces with Hunter Biden in 2009, as the Obama administration got off the ground, to take advantage of their fathers’ global clout and influence.
So the apparent corruption is broad, deep and longstanding. The point here is much of the media are focused on Hunter Biden’s sordid and sensational lifestyle, which reportedly includes the use of copious amounts of drugs and an alleged penchant for seeking paid female company.
But the corruption isn’t just about bad-boy Hunter, and it should have been investigated during the 2020 election cycle, if not well before. But the media were content to let Joe Biden sit in a basement unchallenged in 2020, while they trashed all things Trump.
As a result, we now have not just the most incompetent administration in history, but perhaps the most corrupt one, as well. Both the Democrats and their media allies are complicit.
It’s possible that Hunter Biden, now under investigation by the Justice Department, will soon be indicted for some of his recent shenanigans. But why stop there? There’s powerful evidence Joe Biden used his offices and influence to line his family’s pockets for years, if not decades. Hunter didn’t do all this on his own. It’s time for Joe Biden to get the thorough investigation he merits, too.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board