Which lobbyists will pay Joe Biden’s son Hunter $500,000 for his “art”? “Hunter Biden’s art will soon hit the market for up to $500,000 per piece,” reports the Washingtonian; “prices for a Biden original will start at $75,000 and go up to $500,000 for larger paintings,” even though “Biden has not had any formal training” in art.
Lobbyists and special interests can curry favor with President Joe Biden by enriching his son. Hunter Biden knows little about energy, but a Ukrainian energy company paid him a massive $83,333 a month to sit on its board, to ingratiate itself with then-Vice President Biden. In 2013, then-Vice President Biden and his son Hunter flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Ten days later, Hunter Biden’s firm obtained a deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China, a deal that may have been worth as much as $1.5 billion or as little as $4.2 million, even though Biden has no relevant expertise.
Meanwhile, Obama’s ethics chief is slamming President Biden for “illegally” hiring the children of top aides. Walter Shaub, who served as the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics under former President Barack Obama, criticized Biden on June 18 over his administration’s decision to hire the kids of his top White House aides. On Friday, the Washington Post revealed that at least five children of Biden’s top aides have joined his administration, including two sons and a daughter of the White House counselor, a deputy White House chief of staff’s daughter, and the daughter of the director of presidential personnel. Shaub chided Biden over the “illegal” hirings in a series of tweets, calling them a violation of “government ethics.”
Hunter Biden’s laptop shows Joe Biden was complicit in his son’s influence peddling, reports the New York Post.
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After Hunter Biden left his laptop containing embarrassing files at a Delaware repair shop and then forgot about it, liberal journalists falsely claimed before the 2020 election that the laptop was not his, even though Hunter later admitted that the laptop “certainly” could be his.
As the New York Post notes in a May 31 story, “Hunter Biden’s laptop keeps damning Joe, but most media just ignore it”:
Hunter Biden’s laptop continues to yield damning information that shows his dad, President Joe Biden, played a significant and knowing role in his son’s sleazy influence-peddling. And while the media efforts to pretend these revelations are nothing but “Russian disinformation” have ceased, The Post’s scoops still get ignored by outlets that would be all over them if they were about the Trump family.
The latest, of course, is the photographic evidence that then-Veep Joe attended an April 16, 2015, dinner with shady Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakh “businessmen” and even posed for photos with the unseemly guests … the likes of corrupt former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov (hubby of Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina, who’d paid one of Hunter’s firms $3.5 million the year before), Kazakh oligarch Kenes Rakishev, Karim Massimov, a former prime minister of Kazakhstan, and Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
As the Post observes, this isn’t the only proof Joe Biden attended this influence-peddling dinner. Indeed, the Burisma executive emailed Hunter the next day, “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. … It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.” This refutes claims that Joe Biden never met with Burisma officials while pushing for the ouster of a prosecutor who was scrutinizing Burisma.
Biden provided value in exchange for the payments to his influence-peddling son: “Face time with a vice president, and the ability to brag about what you talked about over dinner, is worth a lot to global sleazoids. So are smiling photos that imply a relationship and pull at the highest reaches of US government,” notes the Post.
Although some journalists claimed right before the election that the laptop was not Hunter Biden’s and made the unsupported claim that it was “Russian disinformation,” the Post notes that “the Bidens have never themselves denied the laptop was Hunter’s before he abandoned it, nor denied the accuracy of its contents.” After the election, when it became obvious that it was indeed Hunter’s laptop, some journalists such as NPR were forced to issue corrections.
In addition to practicing nepotism, President Biden has also violated longstanding political norms by firing officials at independent agencies without cause and replacing them with progressive partisans.
Biden is also making appointments based on race and gender, rather than merit. As former Justice Department lawyer Ed Whelan noted on June 15, “Minority women account for less than 5% of American lawyers — and for 58% of Biden’s judicial nominees so far.” This wasn’t needed for diversity. “Percentages of African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans among active federal judges are *much* higher than their numbers in [the] legal profession,” noted Whelan.
Race may also have played a role in Biden’s recent firing of members of the Commission on Fine Arts, who were white. Washington, D.C.’s city government asked for the firing of these experts, citing the fact that they were “white” and “male,” according to the Washington Post.