Former VP, and current Democrat presidential candidate, Joe Biden has been caught lying about using the influence afforded him as an influential senior senator to enrich his son, Hunter.
For the elder Biden this was business as usual.
While we’ve become aware of then-Vice President Biden’s extortion of Ukraine, threatening to withhold a $1.2 billion loan guarantee unless they fired the prosecutor who was investigating corruption at Burisma where his son was both a grossly unqualified, yet highly compensated director, and the shocking $1.5 billion investment China made in Hunter Biden, Joe Biden has a long history of using his influence to benefit his son.
Here’s Biden bragging that he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko with pulling $1 Billion in loan guarantees if he didn’t fire Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’”
“Well, son of a bitch, he got fired.
What quid pro quo?
To put Hunter Biden’s compensation at Burisma in perspective, he and his partner were paid $166,000 on a monthly basis. Exxon directors are compensated at a rate of $330,000 annually. But, there was no reason to suspect they were paying for the vice president’s fealty… nah.
On Thursday, the Washington Examiner reported that it had discovered:
On at least two occasions, Biden contacted federal departments to discuss issues related to Hunter’s firm’s lobbying clients…
… Government records show that Biden, who has always insisted he knows nothing about his son’s business activities, helped Hunter’s work with strategic and highly specific interventions that could have benefited his son to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.
On Feb. 28, 2007, Biden contacted DHS to express that he was “concerned about the Department’s proposed chemical security regulations authorized by Section 550 of DHS Appropriations Act of 2007,” according to the department’s log of its contacts with members of Congress…
… Eight weeks earlier, the Industrial Safety Training Council had hired Hunter Biden’s firm to lobby DHS on the issue…
… Biden also sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Jan. 31, 2007 requesting a meeting with the Department of Justice to discuss expanding the federal fingerprint background check system.
Wait for it…
… One of Hunter’s firm’s lobbying clients at the time, a coalition of state-level criminal justice advocates called SEARCH, was also lobbying the federal government for a broader fingerprint screening system at the time.
All of this makes the promise Joe Biden made on “60 minutes” so condescending to the intelligence of listeners.
Biden: “I can just tell you this, that if I’m president, get elected president, my children are not gonna have offices in the White House.
“My children are not gonna sit in on cabinet meetings.”
LOL. Hunter probably couldn’t afford the cut in pay.
In all seriousness though, cabinet members who seek to profit from insider information could be held liable for their actions. Why would Joe and Hunter give up the sweetheart deal they’ve got going to risk that?