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Last month, Republican House Representative Jim Jordan said the New York Post’s story showing how Hunter Biden paid his dad’s expenses shows how “involved” Joe was in Hunter’s business affairs.
In response to the first report last July about the messages found on the first son’s abandoned laptop, Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, spoke out.
“One, it sure looks like Joe Biden was involved. This was a family operation, including his uncle, as I said before,” Jordan said, referring to Joe’s brother James.
According to emails and texts found on Hunter Biden’s computer, some of his father’s expenses had to be paid by him.
“I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years,” Hunter Biden complained in January 2019 to his daughter Naomi. “It’s really hard. But don’t worry, unlike pop, I won’t make you give me half your salary.”
There was no evidence of these money transfers on the laptop, but certain expenses were listed as JRB Bills, the president’s initials. Some of the expenses were for home repairs, which amounted to several thousand dollars.
President Biden’s public comments about his troubled son’s scandalous overseas business activities contradict the messages, Jordan said.
“Remember what Joe Biden said in the debates 18 months ago, he said he didn’t do anything wrong and Hunter wasn’t taking money from business interests with connections to China,” Jordan told “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“There are 4.8 million reasons why that statement Joe Biden made was not accurate because we know he took $4.8 million from CEFC, the Chinese energy company. So yeah, this ties in the entire family.”
Now, according to a newly released report, the federal probe into Hunter Biden “appears to be coming to a head,”
The New York Times reports in Tuesday’s edition that prosecutors are discussing whether to press ahead with the high-profile case after examining Biden’s tax returns and foreign consulting work.
In the upcoming months, the Justice Department is expected to decide whether to bring criminal or civil charges, or whether to attempt to reach a settlement with a “significant fine,” according to the report, which notes that close confidants of the president favor a settlement if prosecutors seek to prosecute his 52-year-old son. In any case, Attorney General Merrick Garland will make the final decision.
The Justice Department was contacted by several news organizations for comment on the report. The New York Times reported that several attempts to contact Biden through his lawyer proved unsuccessful. The remainder of the report focused on Kevin Morris, a prominent Hollywood lawyer who lent Biden over $2 million to pay back his taxes and support his family, as well as his role in legal and media strategy.
Federal investigators have been looking into Biden’s finances, including millions of dollars worth of transactions and money transfers linked to countries like Ukraine, China, and Russia, starting in 2018.
The report states that some of the files on the laptop believed to belong to Biden are being investigated for “possible violations of tax, money laundering and foreign-lobbying laws.”
After revealing an investigation into his tax affairs just after the 2020 elections, Biden said in April of last year he is “100% confident” he will be cleared of wrongdoing.
Throughout the last few months, a Wilmington grand jury has been compiling evidence. An eyewitness was even asked to identify the “big guy” mentioned during conversations concerning Biden’s Chinese business deal, according to the New York Post in early April.
Sources told the news outlet that a piece of evidence presented to the grand jury for this individual prompted the question. Although the answer was not revealed, some have claimed the “big guy” is President Biden, raising the possibility of Biden being subjected to a federal criminal investigation.
To date, the White House has steadfastly stated that Hunter Biden did not commit any crimes and that the president is not involved.
If the Republicans win control of either chamber of Congress in the 2018 midterm elections, they will quickly start their own investigations into the Hunter Biden matter.
In a Washington Post article published on March 30 that confirmed the authenticity of the emails found on Hunter Biden’s laptop, the newspaper reported that entities controlled by Hunter Biden and his uncle received $4.8 million from CEFC in 2017 and 2018.
In October 2020, The Post published a series of blockbuster exposés detailing Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine and China based on the laptop left behind at a computer repair shop in Delaware in April 2019.
Several media outlets, including The Washington Post and New York Times, did not follow up on the Hunter Biden story, dismissing it as possible disinformation being spread by Russia prior to the 2018 presidential election.
Similarly, 51 former US intelligence officials raised doubt about the laptop – which Jordan called a “conspiracy.”
“The left always tries to always say, ‘Oh, there’s these right-wing conspiracies.’ The real conspiracy here was the Democrats, big tech, big media, keeping this story from the American people just days before the most important election we have,” Jordan said to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
“Election for president of the United States, election for who’s going to be the commander-in-chief, and you have a family involved with all kinds of foreign business interests, and we don’t get to hear that story,” Jordan added.
In addition, he stated that intel officials’ message may have been the worst part of all.
“That letter they wrote where they said, this has all the earmarks of a Russian disinformation campaign, that letter became the basis for big tech and big media to suppress this story and keep it from we the people in the run-up to our most important election,” he stated.