In the most predictable story of the day, Hunter Biden was finally indicted by U.S. Attorney/Special Counsel David Weiss, but only on gun charges, which should be called the “safe” charges because they have nothing to do with the financial case against Hunter that can be tied to the rest of his family, including dad. This tactic is pretty easy to see through…
Of course, there has to be some sympathy for dad…
Specifically, here are the charges:
There are three counts. Counts I and II allege that Hunter knowingly made and certified a false statement when he indicated he was not an unlawful user of or addicted to any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance in the process of obtaining a gun. Count III alleges that he knowingly possessed the gun (a Colt Cobra revolver), knowing he was an unlawful user or addicted to a stimulant, narcotic drug or controlled substance. These actions date from October 2018.
REDSTATE released an overview of the case yesterday. An update last night included the unsealed indictment from Delaware state court.
The headline at AMERICAN GREATNESS reads, “Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges, Faces 25 Years in Prison.” It really should read, “Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges, Technically Faces the Nonexistent Possibility of 25 Years In Prison.” Hunter Biden, now 53, is not going to prison for 25 years. He’s probably not going to prison for 25 minutes, at least not for this.
Though Hunter lied on Form 4473 to get the gun, he was much more forthcoming in his memoir, stating that he was “smoking crack every 15 minutes.”
Hunter’s attorneys are insisting that their “sweetheart” deal for Hunter, which not only kept him out of jail but also protected him from future charges stemming from more investigation of his past actions, is still in force. As the NEW YORK POST reports, Cornell law professor Randy Zelin, who specializes in white-collar criminal defense, said he expects them to file a “Santebello motion,” arguing this.
One really has to wonder, with all the Democrats’ talk of “privilege,” especially “white privilege,” how they can stomach this. The NY POST quotes an attorney for rapper Kodak Black, who was sentenced in 2019 to 46 months in prison after pleading guilty for giving a false Social Security number on a federal gun purchase form in order to buy three guns from a Miami-area shop. “2 tiers of justice:’ the attorney wrote. “Kodak was charged for the same crime. Got over 3 years. Mr. Biden will not serve a day. Feels right?”
Kodak is just fortunate that he wasn’t wearing a MAGA hat when he was buying those guns. He might have gotten 20 years for domestic terrorism.
Kentucky Rep. James Comer, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, told reporters outside the Capitol, “That’s one of about a dozen crimes that Hunter Biden’s committed, and ironically that’s the one crime that he committed that you cannot tie Joe Biden into.”
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said that “getting Hunter on the gun charge is like getting Jeffrey Dahmer on littering.” (Okay, slight exaggeration, but one does have to wonder what any member of the First Family, with a supportive-enough media and ‘justice’ system, might be able to get away with.)
For those Democrats who keep repeating the mantra “there’s no evidence there’s no evidence,” here’s a compilation of the evidence. You might want to save this for when you have time, as it’s long.
The charges against Hunter come one month after Attorney General Merrick Garland “promoted” Weiss to special counsel and gave him full authority --- which he may or may not have already had, depending on whom you talk to --- to charge Hunter. You’ve no doubt heard the argument that since Weiss was a Trump appointee, Republicans shouldn’t complain about his possible bias. As far as we know, Trump didn’t know him from Adam, and he was recommended for the job of U.S. attorney by Delaware’s two Democrat senators, both of them close Biden allies, and previously was acting U.S. attorney under President Obama.
Marjorie Taylor-Greene tweeted (X’d?), “BREAKING: Hunter Biden has been indicted for three counts of federal gun charges. But where are the indictments for tax fraud, FARA abuse, money laundering, and sex trafficking???”
Of course, absent incontrovertible, “without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt” proof --- and likely even then --- those charges are not going to come from the DOJ, because they can’t take the chance that any of them involving money will end up being tied to the enrichment of his family, including his dad. Even so, Rep. Comer happened to answer her question yesterday, saying these charges would “absolutely not” cause House Republicans to change course on their impeachment inquiry. He did urge Weiss to bring indictments for “money laundering, violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act [FARA], tax evasion, the list goes on and on.”
In case you think Republicans in Congress are slacking off, the Judiciary Committee has been holding behind-closed-doors hearings, and on Monday, a second FBI official from the Baltimore field office testified that Weiss’ authority to charge Hunter was indeed blocked, by U.S. attorneys in California and DC who refused to let him bring charges against Hunter in their districts last year.
She told the committee that Weiss had to pursue other Department of Justice “processes” after those offices refused to “partner” with his investigation. Her testimony was in line with that of Thomas Sobocinski last week.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio wrote on Thursday, “It’s obvious DOJ hasn’t been square with us.”
Hunter’s highly aggressive DC attorneys are still on the offensive, not just trying to force that outrageous “sweetheart” deal but also suing Garrett Zieglar, a former assistant to Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro, alleging that Zieglar violated laws against fraud and hacking with the material on the laptop and that his team “manipulated and altered some of the data,” as BUSINESS INSIDER reports. (Translation: they pixilated some of the images in which Hunter appears nude. Did he really want those unpixilated? I sure don’t!)
The suit seeks relief for alleged violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the California Data Access and Fraud Act, and demands a jury trial.
And, of course, it labels him a right-wing “extremist” (which seems to be the only real crime these days): “While Defendant Zieglar is entitled to his extremist and counterfactual opinions, he has no right to engage in illegal activities to advance his right-wing agenda...”
Note that Hunter, with essentially unlimited funds provided by friends, can use the system to bankrupt various “little people” caught up in this story. His team has already sued John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of the computer shop where Hunter abandoned his laptop. Never mind that for a long time, Hunter would not even claim the laptop or the material on it as his. So now it belongs to him after all? Well, legally, it doesn’t.
Zieglar said no hacking had occurred and also denied manipulating the images except for modifying their explicitness. He told BUSINESS INSIDER that the lawsuit is “not worth the paper it’s printed on.”
RELATED COMMENTARY from Huckabee staff writer/researcher Laura Ainsworth:
Longtime readers of this newsletter will remember that over two years ago, I predicted that Biden and Harris would both be edged aside by the DNC --- that they definitely would not be the candidates in ‘24. My prediction then was that Michelle Obama would be the late-in-the-game nominee, to continue the Obama Machine (which never really went away), and I still believe that’s what is being orchestrated now. (Hope I’m wrong.)
Joe’s rapid decline, both in approval ratings and cognitive ability, now makes it a virtual certainty he won’t run again, whether he knows it or not. This is why we’re suddenly seeing, in mainstream media, discussions of Biden’s age and even (within careful bounds) the Biden family business. CNN even points out things Biden says that aren’t true. Certain media influencers got the memo, it seems. Nothing is accidental; it’s all deliberate.
In a way, everyone who circulates these newly unflattering stories about President Biden that we’re suddenly seeing is playing along with their master plan. Not that we wouldn’t report them, of course, but keep this context in mind. And to the Trump campaign: you’d better be ready to run against a candidate who ISN’T Joe Biden and who will be immediately coronated by the media.