“...This is the key: if you look at what’s happened with the Biden narrative, it’s completely collapsed. And, honestly, I don’t know how any self-respecting journalist is gonna pay attention to anything that the Bidens say, because of how many times they’ve been lied to.”
I think most of us who have a clue have reached that point, though we recognize the term “self-respecting journalist” as virtually an oxymoron. But this was investigative reporter and “follow-the-money” bestselling author Peter Schweizer --- also president of the Government Accountability Institute --- speaking with FOX NEWS’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.
The remark came after his mention of the personal phone carried by Joe Biden but paid for by Rosemont Seneca, Hunter’s company. Obviously, “this was a systematic business operation that the Bidens were running --- to sell access, to sell influence.” By Schweizer’s calculation, the Bidens got $30 million from the Chinese, plus millions from the Ukrainians, Russians and others.
“It’s an astronomical number when you look at it in the larger context.”
Bartiromo asked him about Burisma founder Zlochevsky’s alleged statement that he had 17 recordings with both Hunter and Joe Biden that he was holding as “insurance.” Schweizer thought that if there was a phone conversation between Zlochevsky and Joe Biden, it would be on that phone. “I think there were probably phone calls with other foreign nationals as well,” he said.
He sees no reason why this phone shouldn’t be available to the [House Oversight] committee and to the public, and it should be subpoenaed if it hasn’t been already. (It’s not an official government phone; we would guess that was the idea, as with Hillary’s private email server.) “That’s going to be a crucial part of this record,” he said.
As we’ve pointed out, this doesn’t just have to do with Burisma Holdings per se. “As Zlochevsky the head of Burisma is making those allegations to the confidential human source [as noted in the FBI’s “1023”], another person said to be present at those meetings was an individual that works for President Zelenskyy of Ukraine,” Schweizer said. “That means, certainly, that if that conversation took place, I would imagine President Zelenskyy knows of the claims that Burisma bribed Joe Biden.
“That’s the kind of leverage in the context of Ukraine or China that is extremely worrisome, and that’s what should be driving this investigation.”
Heading into the Devon Archer testimony, he’d been concerned because Archer’s attorney was Boies Schiller, the same big-Democrat firm where Hunter worked as a lawyer from 2009 to 2014. (Aside: our guess is that he was more of a “rainmaker,” not a practicing attorney.) But he was pleasantly surprised by the “measured and focused” testimony given by Archer, who struck him as “the adult in the room.” He confirmed the worst suspicions, Schweizer said, which had to do with Joe Biden being “the product that this firm was selling.”
He thinks the next shoe to drop will be that of another Biden business associate, Eric Schwerin. Archer was the “deal guy,” Schweizer said, but Schwerin was “the money guy.” He moved the money around, including money destined for Joe Biden’s accounts.
“When he testifies before the [Oversight] committee, it’s going to be interesting to see what he says and what pressure he might be under from this administration.”
The interview is a must-see. It has a lead-in from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, but that segues into the Schweizer conversation…
Former DOJ prosecutor Jim Trusty, in an interview Sunday with Mark Levin, noted that, given the gutting of attorney-client privilege in the effort to take down Trump in the J6 indictment, our DOJ is showing how different the standard is for investigating the Bidens. The IRS whistleblowers on the Hunter Biden case, he said, went to the U.S. attorney ready to do a search warrant for documents belonging to Hunter, but that attorney not only refused but, unbelievably, called Hunter’s lawyers to give them a heads-up. “In my book,” Trusty said, “that’s basically obstruction of justice.”
Contrast this with what happened in the Trump classified documents case. A high-level DOJ attorney, according to a sworn statement to a federal judge, told defense attorney Stanley Woodward essentially that it would be a shame if he endangered his pending judge-ship by not “flipping” his client against Trump.
“Again, it’s extortion,” Trusty said. “And so the people we’re entrusting in our federal justice system to fairly and impartially and transparently pursue justice are actually obstructionists, because they’re so hell-bent on going after one target.”
“...There’s evidence from both of those cases,” he said, “that suggests this Department of Justice, if those accusations are right, has no compunction about breaking the rules, about destroying the rule of law, because of their political interest in being ‘the ones’ who got President Trump.”
There’s much more that he says “smells rotten.” See his entire interview here...
Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was a guest on Levin’s show as well, noting that Hunter’s plea deal, in giving him immunity but saying the investigation was ongoing --- which, by the way, makes NO SENSE --- was shielding the DOJ from Congress ever looking into it. Fortunately, Judge Mary Ellen Noreika saw through that. The DOJ is, in effect, representing Joe Biden and his family, just as much as Hunter’s own lawyers are.
Whitaker agreed that by cooperating with his son’s requests, Joe Biden was a co-conspirator in his son’s violation of FARA. All it takes is “one overt act” and this involved 20 phone calls --- that we know of --- and participating in face-to-face meetings as well. There must be a special counsel, he said. (We would add that this individual would have to be chosen by a panel of judges --- certainly not by Merrick Garland.)
James Lynch at DAILY CALLER recalls the times during the 2020 campaign when President Trump made assertions about then-candidate Joe Biden’s connections to Hunter’s foreign business that were dismissed at the time but that turned out to be spot-on. By November of 2019, of course, the FBI was already well aware of the Biden family business and even had Hunter’s laptop safely under wraps. We can look back at this now and marvel at what a liar Biden was. Note also how moderator Chris Wallace changed the conversation just when it was getting good.
The above story mentions that a text allegedly sent by Hunter Biden in 2017 to a CEFC associate says the Bidens are “best” at assisting his boss. That quote in particular stood out to legal professor Jonathan Turley.
“The Bidens are the best I know at doing exactly what the Chairman wants from this [partnership],” Hunter told Gongwen Dong (a.k.a. Kevin). Turley calls this message “the perfect epitaph for the entire Biden corruption scandal.” He also notes that the lack of media interest in that dinner Joe attended with Hunter’s foreign associates mirrors their dismissal of Hunter’s laptop, a pattern which he calls “the hallmark of a state media, by consent rather than coercion.”
That column is a must-read, and so is his previous one, about the damage inflicted on our system by Jack Smith’s attempt to bag Trump at any cost. “I remain deeply concerned,” Turley says, “over the implications of free speech from this prosecution.”
“Indeed,” he says,” the general dismissal of these concerns by legal experts shows how our current rage politics blinds us to dangers even to our own fundamental rights.” It’s a must-read, showing why this abuse of the system absolutely must end in utter failure.
We like what actor and clever political commentator James Woods had to say in a Twitter post (now that Twitter allows such posts). Woods thinks Trump will increasingly be appreciated for fighting back, now that it’s obvious the Democrats have “a candidate who can’t say hello without lying.”
Jim Thompson at REDSTATE has a different prediction: that Jack Smith’s DC jury will convict Trump and the Supreme Court will vacate it. Sure, most of us would predict that, but Thompson also believes it’s all part of Smith’s plan to interfere with the 2020 election. Thompson says this would hand the Democrat base another “the Supreme Court is illegitimate” gift, firing them up as never before for the election that fall. I would add that this wild anti-Trump movement would be unleashed no matter who the Democrat candidate turns out to be.
Finally, Sundance at CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE has done some digging, and it’s worth a deep dive yourself into the law enforcement bureaucracy as it relates to former attorney general Bill Barr. Sundance tracked the Mueller investigation into a system that hides the larger picture --- “the unlawful targeting of a presidential candidate [the Russia Hoax], and then a subsequent coup against that candidate after the election,” culminating, of course, in Jack Smith’s plan now. Barr is part of that system, he says. We can’t see the complete picture of the weaponized government, he says, because it resides in separate compartments intended to block the sunlight. For when you have time…