That first WhatsApp message from Hunter Biden to a CEFC executive, the shakedown for payment on their “commitment” to the Bidens with “the Big Guy” said to be sitting right there in the room, is about the most disturbing glimpse we’ve had so far at the shadowy world of international politics in which that family was operating. It’s right up there with the second WhatsApp message, which says, “The Bidens are the best at doing exactly what the Chairman wants.”
Jonathan Turley has a new column in which he speaks bluntly about the Bidens’ monetization of power and influence. He’s been covering Biden family corruption for years, and it might be surprising to younger readers to know that he called it what it is decades ago --- influence peddling. This is a must-read, and a must-share with all the people you know who get their news from mainstream media or otherwise haven’t kept up with what this scandal is about.
The story is so shady, it even has code names for then-VP Biden, like the one we’ve all heard by now, “the Big Guy.” There’s at least one reference on the laptop to not mentioning his real name. But influence peddling, Turley points out, is a “cottage industry” in Washington DC, and seeing Hunter schmoozing with the crowd at a state dinner right after his lawyers announced reaching a plea agreement was disturbing to us but not to them. “Despite overwhelming evidence of corruption,” Turley writes, “Hunter was back in circulation.”
Republican House committees --- Oversight, Judiciary and Ways & Means --- are joining forces to investigate the alleged mishandling of Hunter Biden’s tax/finance case. Everyone at the DOJ, IRS, Secret Service and U.S. attorney’s office involved in this investigation should expect to have to sit for a transcribed interview.
Chairmen James Comer, Jim Jordan and Jason Smith, respectively, sent letters on Thursday to the ‘Justice’ Department, IRS and Secret Service.
This witness list so far is pretty extensive: at the DOJ, we have Delaware District Attorney Weiss, who led the investigation; Assistant District Attorney Lesley Wolf, whom investigators say blocked them from looking into certain areas; U.S. District Attorney for DC Michael Graves, who allegedly prevented Weiss from filing charges in his district; Jack Morgan and Mark Daly of the DOJ’s Tax Division; U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Martin Estrada; Acting Deputy Assistant AG for the Tax Division Stuart Goldberg; Assistant U.S. Attorney in Delaware Shannon Hanson; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Weede.
From the FBI, they’re calling the special agent in charge of the Baltimore field office, Tom Sobosinski; and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ryeshia Holley.
From the IRS, they’re calling a director for the Criminal Investigation Division, Michael Batdorf; and the DC field office’s Special Agent in Charge Darrell J. Waldon. Some of these names are new, so we wonder what else the House committees have.
They’re also calling on anyone who might know anything about a “tip-off” from the FBI to the Secret Service and the Biden transition team on December 7, 2020. According to a whistleblower, this tip to people who were close to Hunter gave them the opportunity to obstruct the investigation.
One interesting shift: At this point, the congressional Republicans oppose having a special counsel to investigate this, knowing that such an appointment would block the committees from obtaining critical records. Also, guess who would be appointing the special counsel? You guessed it: Merrick Garland.
Whistleblower Gary Shapley spoke with John Solomon at JUST THE NEWS, saying that Hunter engaged in a “pretty classic tax evasion scheme.” Most Americans could never get the deal Hunter got in 2014, he said, and Hunter still hasn’t paid back taxes on $400,000 from Burisma Holdings from that time. (The statute of limitations has expired, thanks to what appears to have been deliberate slow-walking by the IRS.)
“I’ve been a senior leader at this agency,” Shapley said. “I have a lot of great friends in senior leadership. And I believe in what we’re doing. But I believe in what we’re doing, when we’re treating people fairly. And, you know, it just didn’t happen in this particular case.”
Much more detail here; recommended reading…
Solomon appeared on HANNITY Thursday night and said this: “The most interesting thing [Shapley] told me was, everybody from David Weiss all the way down to the tax division, the career agents, everybody agreed that Hunter Biden should face far more serious felonies, and they recommended those cases to both U.S. attorneys, in California and in Washington DC, both appointees of Joe Biden, and they got turned down. The agents also got turned down for search warrants; the agents got turned down for permission to interview witnesses; the agents got turned down to ask questions about Joe Biden; and they were told --- they actually had a question for Hunter Biden’s children, a factual question, very important to solving the case --- and they were told it was ‘not in their career interest’ to go interview Joe Biden’s grandchildren.”
Solomon said the team was thwarted with every investigative tactic, every search warrant. Shapley had told him that Hunter was treated differently “over and over again.” And everything Shapley has said “is in direct conflict with Merrick Garland’s testimony and his answers to Sen. Chuck Grassley a few months ago.”
Shapley told Solomon that he was motivated to blow the whistle only after he saw how much political interference there was and then heard Garland claim there was no interference.
By the way, Thursday was the day Hunter sat for a deposition in the defamation lawsuit by computer repair technician (and FORMER shop owner) John Paul Mac Isaac. No word yet about how that went.
RELATED: If you thought DA Alvin Bragg was satisfied with prosecuting his existing case against President Trump on falsifying records related to payments made to Stormy Daniels, think again. Bragg is continuing to expand his never-ending investigation by requesting access to communication records involving the White House and the Trump Organization, even including emails exchanged between First Lady Melania Trump and Rhona Graff, a long-serving executive.
Melania obviously has valued her privacy these past few years, after being treated horrendously by the media. That she would agree to support another presidential run by her husband after what they’ve been through says a lot. She’s reportedly spending this summer in Europe with their son Barron, and more power to them if they can escape this madness for a time.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to the First Lady, tweeted that “Melania used several email addresses, texts, and Signal to communicate with me and others while working in the White House and prosecutors want to see them.”
Melania’s experience with politics has so far been a nightmare, and now it seems prosecutors feel entitled to read her personal emails on their extended fishing expedition.