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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