Yesterday, we questioned the security of highly classified documents taken by outgoing Vice President Biden when he went home to Delaware in January 2017, noting that Hunter Biden lived there after his 2017 divorce.
Of course, it’s possible those documents didn’t go directly to their final destinations. They might’ve spent some time...well, who knows where? All we can do for now is look at how secure they were once they got to his house and office.
We do know that for two years, Hunter Biden lived at his father’s Delaware home after his divorce. On a background check for a rental application in 2018 (revealed on an anonymous Twitter account), he falsely claimed he owned that property. He was deep into addiction at that time, so maybe that’s why on the same form, he said he was paying almost $50,000 a month in rent to live for a year in a home he also was claiming he owned. This makes no sense.
So, was it just the drugs talking? Or was Hunter pulling numbers out of the air, lying on the background check to qualify for some pricey digs in L.A.? (That would be consistent; we know he lied on another background check to buy a gun, stating under penalty of perjury that he wasn’t a drug user.) Had he actually bought the Biden home with money from...somewhere? We know he has amazingly generous friends, such as the entertainment lawyer who’s been covering his $20,000-a-month rent in Malibu and also paid off his delinquent IRS bill. Or was he just crashing at his dad’s home and actually paying “the Big Guy” close to $50,000 a month for...some other reason? And if he did pay his dad, wouldn’t that be reflected on Joe’s tax returns?
Joe Biden’s tax returns for those years reflect no such payments. On his 2017 tax return, he listed a mere $19,800 in “rents received.” In 2018, that figure was zero.
As Tucker Carlson pointed out Monday, Biden pressed Trump during one of the presidential debates to “show us your tax returns.” After Trump refused, Biden, to show his “transparency,” posted his own on the website joebiden.com. Of course, now that Trump’s tax returns are out, it’s possible to see that during his time in government, he got poorer, while during Biden’s time in government (virtually his entire adult life), he got infinitely richer.
And now, Joe Biden is the one who would rather keep his tax returns private. Or at least certain ones. The website he set up to link to those returns no longer links to the years 2016, 2017 or 2018. “As of tonight,” Tucker said, “those links have been deactivated. If you go there, you’ll find yourself being taken by force to a Democratic Party fundraising website.”
But, guess what? If you go looking, Joe’s tax returns from those years are still available at the Internet Archive “Wayback Machine.” (The internet truly is forever.) Not having expertise in tax law --- or that kind of time --- we haven’t gone through those returns ourselves, but here they are. Joe did say he wanted to be transparent.
Tucker speculates that whatever financial arrangement Joe had with Hunter might have something to do with how Sen. Biden was able to afford “all these huge houses in Delaware over the years.” The money wouldn't have come from Jill Biden. Certainly Hunter had found ways to afford luxury, through the generosity of friends and also by building relationships with foreign business executives and government officials, which are by nature quid pro quo, especially when they involve someone with only familial connections to offer.
Jon Levine at the NEW YORK POST noted to Tucker that the period after Biden left the vice presidency was a chaotic period in his son’s life, a time when he was deep into drugs and yet involved in some of his most controversial business dealings, as with the Chinese energy company CEFC. (That was the one for which 10 percent of the proceeds were to be held by Hunter for “the Big Guy.”)
Recall that this was the time when Hunter was even setting up an office for his Chinese partners, including space for his dad, and asked the office manager to get keys for Joe, stepmother Jill, uncle Jim, and Gongwen Dong, “emissary” for the chairman of CEFC. It was September 2017.
Levine pointed out that Hunter at this time was bringing in millions of dollars, so we’d assume that if he was paying Joe $50,000 a month in “rent,” it wouldn’t be that much to him.
Some observers don’t share our suspicion that Biden was targeted by his own political party, but as guest host Judge Jeanine Pirro said Monday on FOX NEWS’ “Watter’s World,” a growing number of Democrats and even some in media tend to suggest that. For example, CNN showed a photo of Biden in his Corvette in the driveway with the interior of the garage in the background; the commentators laughed at the haphazard stacks of papers that could be seen. One remarked, “...That looks like a mess...That’s worse than my garage! I mean, that’s not where---I don’t know exactly where the documents are in that garage, but that does not look like what a secure location would be.”
This is CNN. They apparently got the memo and know it’s okay to mock the President.
Rep. Adam Schiff has said that national security might have been endangered. (He and/or Eric Swalwell are the ones always trotted out first, because they’ll say anything.) Look for Democrats' defense of Biden to weaken in coming days.
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told Judge Pirro that the Oversight Committee, headed by Kentucky Rep. James Comer, is working on getting the Treasury Department’s ‘suspicious activity’ financial reports, which should answer some questions about the flow of money. He brought up the timeline showing that the first batch of classified documents was found at the Penn Biden Center on November 2 --- before the election --- but was kept secret. The second batch was found in Biden’s garage on December 18 but was also kept secret. On January 9, there was a leak to CBS NEWS about classified documents, but it was only about the Biden Center, not the garage. This is transparency?
And he brought up a perplexing question: What is White House counsel Richard Sauber (not just Biden’s personal attorneys) doing “accompanying DOJ officials when they go to the Biden residence to pick up these documents?” Why is he physically present at these searches? (Trump certainly did not have that benefit.) Jordan said, “Looks like he [Sauber] just made himself a fact witness and is part of this investigation now.”
Of course, as we’ve said, the most intriguing question of all is this: What started their search in the first place?
Here’s more from Jordan, as told to Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.
Trump’s acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker touches on some of these questions in an interview for NEWSMAX, saying the Biden White House has lost control of the narrative surrounding these events. The bottom line, he says, is the contents of the documents in question. He's right --- so far, we have no clue. Good to watch.
Law professor Jonathan Turley gets into the issue of Biden’s use of attorneys to look through classified material in his latest column for the NEW YORK POST. Among the vexing questions he asks: “Why was a legal team sent in six years after Biden took the documents upon leaving as Vice President?”
Turley makes the point that the people conducting the search were acting on behalf of the President’s personal interests, not the public interest. He also notes that classified documents, if they’re kept as they should be, in folders with thick red or yellow edges and bold black classification designations, should not have been easily missed. Had some of them been removed from their folders for review and stored without cover? If so, there goes the claim that their possession was “inadvertent.”
Finally, THE NEW YORK TIMES is still trying to protect Biden, even if it has to lie: “Republicans have yet to demonstrate that the senior Mr. Biden was involved in his son’s business deals or took any action to benefit him or his foreign partners.”
RELATED: Speaking of the DOJ/FBI treating Biden and Trump so very differently, former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker explained to JUST THE NEWS that the culture at the FBI has dramatically shifted in recent years, especially under James Comey and Christopher Wray.
Swecker blamed academia for indoctrinating students to think that “if you’re virtuous and you’re highly educated, you can do everybody else’s thinking for them.”
This is a must-read.