Politico Notices, Gee Willickers, Biden Says He’s Not Involved In His Family’s Foreign Buckraking Operations, But Weirdly All of His Aides Are Involved In the Grift

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by Ace

Yeah, how about that. It’s almost as if Joe Biden is “The Brand” the family is selling to overseas clients and both his family members and his aides are getting rich off selling access.

I mean, it’s like that, but it isn’t that, because Biden has said he’s not involved in Hunter’s (or James’) foreign shakedown operations and therefore any word to the contrary is a Conspiracy Theory offered Without Evidence, as Jake Tapper’s chyrons put it.

And if Hunter’s own emails say that 10% of his payments will go to “the Big Guy,” and everyone involved says that “the Big Guy” is code for Joe Biden?

Well that has all the Hallmarks of a Russian Disinformation Campaign.

Biden insists he’s not involved in his family’s business dealings. But his aides are a different story. The overlapping roles are under scrutiny as the president distances himself from his family’s dealings.

By Ben Schreckinger

For years, Joe Biden shared a bookkeeper with his son, Hunter. He also shared a personal lawyer with his brother, Jim. And when Jim Biden wanted to know more about one of Hunter Biden’s associates, he hired the former head of Joe Biden’s Secret Service detail to investigate.

Since 2019, Joe Biden has repeatedly distanced himself from his family’s business dealings, saying that he has never so much as discussed them with his relatives or with anyone else. But House impeachment inquiry interviews, public records and emails reviewed by POLITICO show that members of his inner circle were regularly enmeshed in those dealings: Many of the president’s closest staffers and advisers have doubled as his relatives’ business associates, both during and after their stints working for the man at the center of the Biden family orbit.

Those overlaps reflect an all-in-the family approach to business and politicking that dates back a half-century to the president’s first Senate bid, run primarily by his parents and siblings. Since then, his political patrons have at times forged business ties with his relatives, who in turn have converted some of their business partners into campaign supporters. And over a lifetime in public life, some of the president’s aides have taken on roles as surrogate members of the tight-knit Biden clan.

The Bidens’ approach complicates their efforts to distance the president from his family’s ventures.

It’s incredible the contortions they put themselves through to avoid coming to the obvious conclusion. They won’t say he’s lying, no way. Instead they’ll say, the obvious contradiction between Biden’s claims and the actual facts “complicates” Biden’s preferred narrative.

As Jim and Hunter Biden’s foreign dealings have caused controversy and several of their business partners have been convicted of federal fraud and corruption crimes in recent years, any potential links between their business dealings and the president have come in for renewed scrutiny.To allay concerns about any intermingling of their affairs, the Bidens have said that they observe strict interpersonal firewalls to avoid discussing business among themselves.

But with so many former and current aides in the mix — and with the surfacing of private communications in which Jim and Hunter Biden suggest they represent their powerful relative in business matters — onlookers are forced to take family members at their word that those firewalls always held.

In one instance, Jim Biden testified that he hired the former head of his brother’s Secret Service detail, Dale Pupillo, to investigate a Chinese executive that Hunter Biden was doing business with in 2017.

Jim Biden said during his February impeachment inquiry interview that he commissioned Pupillo in advance of accompanying Hunter Biden to Hong Kong so that his nephew could meet with the executive, Patrick Ho.

Despite hiring a private investigator and traveling halfway around the world for the meeting, Jim Biden said he never asked Hunter Biden what Ho — then on the cusp of being arrested, and later convicted, on federal corruption charges — and his nephew were meeting about. He said the decision not to inquire about the meeting came down to a desire to quarantine his affairs from those of his nephew’s.

“That may be hard for you to believe,” he told an incredulous Republican staffer. “But that’s the way we operate in my family.”

That’s the way they operate in Tony Soprano’s family, too. “No don’t hand the money to me directly, give it to my nephew Joe.”

…The hiring of Pupillo and the purpose of the Hong Kong meeting was subjected to extended scrutiny in Jim Biden’s congressional interview.A Republican staffer voiced a suspicion that the real reason Pupillo was hired was to provide intelligence about the Justice Department’s probe that could then be communicated to Ho face-to-face.

“Was this person used to investigate Patrick Ho to try and identify whether or not there was a federal investigation before you and Hunter Biden went out to go visit Patrick Ho so that you could inform Patrick Ho if there was an indictment or a federal investigation, maybe, that was under seal?” the staffer asked.

“Absolutely not,” Jim Biden responded. “This was for my personal edification, because I do not like to walk into blind buildings, okay?”

…”It’s odd,” suggested a Republican staffer, “that you would go to such lengths to hire a private investigator to look into Patrick Ho, but then you wouldn’t even just ask Hunter Biden, your relative, like, ‘why are we going and who is this guy?'”

“The way that we deal in my family, it wasn’t odd,” Jim Biden responded. “To others it might be.”

Strategic ignorance.

“If I accept this letter from you, Kate, a prosecutor could use that to prove that I know Michael’s current whereabouts.”

By the way I believe that Jim Biden didn’t know just as much as I believe Tom Hagen didn’t know where Michael was.

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“Strategic ignorance.”
I’m going to use that one.

Biden’s looking less like President and more like a Dictator and Dictators prefer to disarm their People Hitler, Stalin Castro and Mao did

The Biden Crime Family seems to love to rub their ability to cash in on Robin Ware/Robert L. Peters/JRB Ware/Pedo Peter/idiot Biden’s government position and power in our noses. Hunter and Jimmy the Chin have been found in contempt of Congress, but as much will come of that as will come on Herr Obergruppenfuhrer’s contempt charge. It stretches credulity to pretend to believe Robin Ware/Robert L. Peters/JRB Ware/Pedo Peter/idiot Biden was not 100% in the loop on the influence peddling operations. After all, how would Hunter and Jimmy know what they can sell.