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Ukraine Isn’t the Only Country Hunter Biden Had Extremely Sketchy Dealings With

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Given his drug addiction and getting kicked out of the military, I could be just talking about his dealings in the United States, but Hunter Biden gets around.

Somehow a guy with no experience doing anything has managed to land several lucrative gigs in foreign countries, making more in a month than most people make in a year. I wonder what could possibly be behind the stroke of luck the drug addled, womanizing Hunter Biden found himself on over the past five years?

Although most of the smoke surrounding the former VP’s son has revolved around getting paid $50,000 a month by a corrupt Ukrainian oil company, he’s also found himself tied up in dealings with the Chinese. Ironically, it looks like a mistaken phone call to the wrong Biden family member exposed the whole thing.

The Washington Examiner shares the details.

A high-ranking Chinese businessman was charged by the Justice Department with global corruption and bribery in 2017, and the first call he made after his arrest was to Vice President Joe Biden’s brother, James Biden, who thinks the call was meant for Joe’s son, Hunter.

Patrick Ho, the lieutenant to the founder of the multibillion-dollar Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy, was indicted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the Southern District of New York for his role in a global money laundering and bribery scheme aimed at government officials in Africa. The Justice Department also accused Ho of helping with Iranian sanctions evasion and working to use the Chinese company’s connections to sell weaponry to Chad, Libya, and Qatar.

Ho immediately tried reaching out to the younger Biden for help because that summer, as investigators circled, Hunter agreed to represent Ho as part of Hunter’s efforts to work out a liquefied natural gas deal worth tens of millions of dollars with CEFC China Energy’s leader Ye Jianming.

James Biden gave Ho the details on how to contact Hunter, but why was he calling in the first place? That all comes back to who Ho is and what his company, CEFC China Energy, was doing. Ho was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison for all manner of bad deeds, including money laundering, sanctions evasion, and bribery.

Ho was the right hand man of Ye Jianming. And who just happened to be his right hand man in the United States? That would be Hunter Biden. By comparison, this would be like Donald Trump Jr. being exposed as working directly with a Russian company of which it’s founder was put in prison. Anyone think that’d be a scandal?

Hunter Biden says he met Ye for the first time in Miami and that two of Biden’s associates surprised him when they gave Ye Scotch valued at thousands of dollars. Ye sent a thank-you card and a 2.8-carat diamond to Hunter’s hotel room. Hunter says he handed the diamond off to his associates and doesn’t know what happened with it but denies it was meant as a bribe.

“What would they be bribing me for? My dad wasn’t in office,” Hunter Biden told the New Yorker. “I knew it wasn’t a good idea to take it. I just felt like it was weird.”

Oh, I don’t know Hunter. Perhaps because your father was already flirting with running for President and was seen as the odds on favorite to beat Trump in 2020 by the chattering class? There’s also the fact that Ye would have expected the Bidens to still hold considerable sway in Washington.

This is the same lame line the Clintons used in 2016. Because they were out of power at the time (and remain so), they postured as if it was impossible that anyone could be attempting to buy influence. That was asinine, as many world leaders who were giving them millions saw them as a great bet to regain power after 2016. Obviously, those people gambled and lost, but the thinking was obvious and made more so by the fact that the Clinton Foundation basically went defunct after Hillary lost.

It should also be noted that diamond in question was said to be worth $80,000 by Hunter Biden’s ex-wife in their divorce filings. Someone doesn’t just give another person a rock worth that kind of cheese for no reason, and they certainly don’t do so as a thank you for a glass of scotch. Ye was desperate and he wanted something in return. Biden claims he doesn’t know what happened to the diamond and that he gave it to his associates. He’s obviously lying, because again, his wife knew enough about it to claim it and its value in the divorce filing.

Of course, we actually have a pretty good idea of what Ye wanted in return.

Hunter negotiated a $40 million investment deal with Ye related to a liquefied natural gas project on Monkey Island in Louisiana.

At the same time, Ye told Hunter that one of his business associates, Ho, was being investigated in the U.S., and Hunter agreed to represent him. The deal between Hunter and Ye crashed almost immediately when Ho was arrested by U.S. law enforcement at John F. Kennedy Airport in 2017.

I’m under no illusions that anyone in the media or on the left will be consistent and find this disturbing, but even then, it’s still mind-blowing that this isn’t a big story. Not only was Hunter Biden racking up the cash from corruptocrats in Ukraine, he was getting $80,000 diamonds in an obvious bribery scheme from China. But because Joe Biden has the magic letter next to his name, none of this matters I guess. We all know what the response would be if this were Trump’s kids.

Lastly, recall that Biden got into a bit of a controversy early in the year for hand waving away China as an enemy and threat. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that his son was tied up in dealings with a Chinese company looking to make a lot of cash in the United States.

Biden may end collapsing in the Democratic primary anyway, making all this moot, but as long as he’s still in the race, this stuff is going to hang over him like a dark cloud. Anyone think Trump will be too bashful to bring this stuff up in a debate? Yeah, didn’t think so. If Biden survives the primary, it’s going to get really dirty.

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Man Arrested for Illegal Possession of a Meth-Addled Attack Squirrel With Quite the Name

It’s Saturday so we’ll take a quick break from politics to cover something much more serious.

A man in Alabama is giving every crazed Florida man a run for his money this week. Mickey Paulk was arrested and charged with illegal possession of wildlife after it was discovered he was keeping an “attack squirrel” that was strung out on meth. The squirrel’s name was of course “Deez Nuts.”

An Alabama man who gained widespread notoriety after being accused of feeding methamphetamine to what authorities called his ‘attack squirrel’ has now been charged with a state wildlife offense.

Court records indicate 35-year-old Mickey Joel Paulk has been hit with a count of illegal possession of wildlife.

Paulk has not denied having a pet squirrel he named Deez Nuts, which is illegal under state law. But he has denied police allegations that he fed meth to the squirrel to make it aggressive.

Paulk actually led police on a high speed chase that culminated in him ramming an investigators car. He was also wanted on several other drug and firearm related charges.

Others had warned police about the squirrel before they sought to bring Paulk in, letting them know that the squirrel had been trained to attack and was fed meth to keep it aggressive.

This story does have a happy ending though, at least for the squirrel. After treatment, it was successfully released back into the wild in late June. No word on whether it’s found a new dealer yet, but here’s hoping he stays clean.

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CNN Is Really Upset that Scot Peterson Got Arrested Over His Cowardice During the Parkland Shooting

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You can always count on CNN to be on the wrong side of every issue and their response to Scot Peterson being arrested for his cowardice (among other things) during the Parkland shooting is no exception.

While there are questions about whether Peterson has legal liability, there’s no doubt he was a primary factor in so many children being killed that day. He sat idly by as a gunman walked around the school shooting people when it was his job to respond with force.

To give you an idea of CNN’s bias on this issue, Chris Cillizza once notably quipped on Twitter that a “good guy with a gun doesn’t always stop a bad guy.” This echoed CNN’s softball treatment of Sheriff Scott Israel at a town hall where they instead savaged Dana Loesch, who had nothing to do with the shooting.

In reality, Peterson wasn’t a “good guy with a gun.” He was a guy who failed to do his job and cost people their lives as a result.

Now that some action is finally being taken, how does CNN respond? By getting Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon together to moan at the fact that Peterson is being held accountable.

I can’t imagine why these guys are running behind The Hallmark Channel in prime time.

I’m not sure his characterization of “only in America” is correct, but let’s assume it is. There’s a reason we are the most prosperous, powerful country in human history. It’s not because we take our pointers from other countries who do stupid, illiberal things in response to tragedies. New Zealand’s response to the Christchurch shooting was irrational and emotional. So far, we’ve chosen to take a more logical path of not putting into place more laws that won’t actually help matters.

The most direct link to the capacity of the shooter to do what he did, at the level he did was Peterson’s inaction. Yet, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon are upset that something is being done about that.

Why? Because they didn’t get their pet gun laws passed as a result of the shooting. The crisis “went to waste,” in the words of Rahm Emmanuel. It didn’t matter that nothing they were pushing would have made a difference. Politics was the primary driver of CNN’s coverage and reaction.

Cuomo is an expert at non sequiturs. He’s always playing false choices against each other and shamelessly pushing his personal politics.

From what I can tell, most of the surviving victims of the shooting are happy Peterson is being charged. Cuomo might want to think before he talks next time, because in this case, he chose to defend a person who got people killed just to shill for his own political positions. That’s not a good look at all.

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Robert Kraft’s alleged hooker busted

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With all the buzz about the Democratic primary race eating up the headlines, it’s easy to lose track of some of the other important stories. You know, things like foreign policy, the situation in Venezuela, Social Security imploding and… Bob Kraft’s hooker trial. Yes, attorneys for the New England Patriots owner are still keeping busy in the courtroom and the prosecutors are out on the streets continuing the action as well. Just this week, officers arrested the woman accused of providing Kraft with some bonus services at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida. (WPTV News)

A woman accused of performing an illegal sex act on New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at a Jupiter day spa is now under arrest.

58-year-old Shen Mingbi was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Monday.

According to the Jupiter Police Department, a hidden surveillance camera recorded Mingbi performing a sex act on Kraft at Orchids of Asia Day spa on Jan. 19. Afterward, he paid her and another spa worker, 39-year-old Lei Wang, in cash, police said.

It’s worth noting that the entire premise for the investigation and the arrests were originally focused on rescuing women from the sex trafficking trade. Now they’re arresting the women (and dozens of male customers) on a variety of low-level misdemeanor charges. That’s not to say that there was nothing wrong (or at least illegal) going on, but the story has certainly shifted in focus, hasn’t it?

Meanwhile, as I mentioned above, Kraft’s lawyers are still trying to get the video of him with the alleged prostitutes thrown out. And at least thus far, they seem to be winning the battle. As the AP reported yesterday, the judge in the case has agreed to keep the video out of the media’s hands, at least until the trial begins. But with that victory secured, Team Kraft is pushing to have it permanently destroyed so it can’t even be used at trial.

The New England Patriots owner’s high-profile attorneys went toe-to-toe Friday with some of Palm Beach County’s best, most-experienced prosecutors as they tried to persuade a judge to throw out secretly recorded video that police say shows Kraft paying for sex acts at a massage parlor. His attorneys want the videos sealed and never seen by the public. After six hours in court Friday, they are nowhere near finishing their presentation. It will resume Tuesday.

Kraft’s attorney Alex Spiro questioned lead detective Andrew Sharp for nearly the entire session. They went line-by-line through the Jupiter detective’s application for the search warrant that allowed him to surreptitiously install cameras in the Orchids of Asia Day Spa’s ceiling. They went over the minutia of his investigation, sometimes repetitively, sometimes humorously.

This motion is dragging on for weeks. And we should keep in mind that all of this courtroom drama is unfolding over a case involving a second-degree misdemeanor. Kraft is running up legal fees that will doubtless reach into the millions to avoid a fine that wouldn’t pay one of his attorney’s fees for fifteen minutes and most likely a suspended sentence of some community service. Of course, what he’s really trying to avoid is the headlines that would follow a conviction.

Kraft’s lawyers are arguing that the original warrant allowing the lead detective to install hidden cameras in the ceiling of the massage parlor (done after they planted a fake bomb at the strip mall and hustled all the employees and customers out “for their own safety”) was an overreach and an invasion of the privacy of all concerned. For their part, the prosecutors claim Kraft had little expectation of privacy while patronizing a public business establishment and, even if he did, the defense would need to show that the warrant was illegal before the question could be answered.

It certainly sounds as if the detectives had ample reason to believe that there was prostitution taking place. But if was strictly a solicitation bust, would a judge have approved a warrant for video surveillance rather than sending in some undercover agents to find out if sex was on the menu? When the detectives framed it as possible human trafficking, however, the stakes went up considerably and a warrant was readily granted. Now that no trafficking was found, does that make the warrant retroactively illegitimate?

That’s the question the judge, in this case, will need to decide. If Kraft’s team can pull this off and have the video permanently sealed, most of these cases will probably fall apart. Either way, this court case is going to go down in the history books of trials as one of the more bizarre ones, even by Florida standards.

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Julian Assange arrested in London… finally

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been complaining for some time now that he wanted to find a way to get out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London and now he’s gotten his wish. He’s out of the embassy and into a courtroom because the London police arrested him. Oddly enough, he didn’t walk out of the embassy on his own. The cops reportedly went into the building and removed him. (London Metro Police)

Julian Assange, 47, (03.07.71) has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador, Hans Crescent, SW1 on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court.

He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is possible.

The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.

That last sentence from the police is the key to how this happened. As long as Assange had asylum from the Ecuadorean government, the cops couldn’t set foot in there to touch him. But the patience of Ecuador apparently ran out at last and they revoked his asylum and invited the metro police to come in and get him. When the cops dragged him out, Assange looked more like Rasputin than any sort of computer hacker.

So what’s next? The charges the Brits have against him are relatively minor. (Failure to appear or honor a warrant.) The rape charges he faced in Sweden were dropped quite a while ago, so he might not be looking at any serious consequences in England. But that’s far from his biggest concern. We already know that a grand jury has been impaneled to look into Assange’s activities. It’s the same case that recently landed Assange’s buddy Chelsea Manning in a jail cell on contempt charges.

But will we be able to get our hands on him? We do have an extradition agreement with Great Britain, but if Assange challenges the request (as he almost certainly will without some sort of immunity deal), the case could be tied up in court for months or even years. And even if we do manage to get him to the United States, what will he be charged with? Stealing and revealing classified information or private correspondence would be a good start, but Assange will claim that he’s a journalist and claim innocence based on being part of the free press. There are also questions about what he may or may not know about Russian interference in the election.

No matter how this plays out, we’re at least on our way to the next phase of this incredibly long story. And Ecuador has finally rid themselves of a massive headache.

UPDATE: (Jazz) The AP is confirming that Assange wasn’t only arrested on failure to appear charges. It was in response to a United States request for extradition. So we’re off to the races, folks.

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