Calls for special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden surge

Hunter Biden on CBS' 'Sunday Morning' on April 4, 2021. (Video screenshot)
Hunter Biden on CBS’ ‘Sunday Morning’ on April 4, 2021. (Video screenshot)

The calls for a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden are beginning to add up.

Hunter Biden, who has been described by his father, Joe Biden, as the “smartest man” he knows, has been consistently in the headlines since before his father was elected president.

When Joe Biden was vice president, Hunter Biden traveled often with him on Air Force Two, frequently returning with lucrative new business deals, including pacts with Chinese interests. He took in tens of thousands of dollars month from a Ukrainian gas company, even though he had no experience in the industry. Millions came in from a Russian oligarch.

Revelations from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop computer also reveal he’s led a life of flagrant drug abuse over the years, involvement with prostitutes and financial crashes, all while selling access to his father – then vice president to Barack Obama – to Russian oligarchs and Chinese communists alike.

Veteran New York Post journalist Miranda Devine – who broke the Hunter Biden laptop stories just before the 2020 election –reports that a former friend describes the president’s son as Joe Biden’s “closest adviser.”

The Post explained it obtained hard evidence of Hunter’s influence on his father, with a voice recording from an iPhone backup where Hunter said, “He’s going to talk about drug reform and any other thing that I want him to. … [Joe Biden] thinks I’m a god.”

The White House has adamantly insisted the president had no involvement in the global enterprise Hunter Biden admits was based on access to his father. However, lots of evidence indicates otherwise.

Now, with Joe Biden running the White House, there already have been calls for a special counsel to review Hunter Biden’s escapades, and file charges over those that may turn out to be illegal. Hunter Biden already has admitted he’s under federal investigation, probably over tax issues but possibly others.

At The Federalist, Margot Cleveland wrote that the latest revelations show a need for “a special counsel” to investigation.

She explained, “In 2018, while Hunter Biden was reportedly under investigation for his dealings with Chinese businessmen, Joe Biden left a voicemail message telling Hunter: ‘I think you’re clear.’ This latest development in the Biden family pay-to-play scandal provides further proof a special counsel is needed to oversee the ongoing criminal probe.”

She noted The Daily Mail report about a voicemail recovered from Hunter Biden’s laptop revealed Joe Biden told his son, then, “Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you. I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance, give me a call, I love you.”

The message apparently was about a New York Times article that detailed the corruption of two Chinese businessmen, Ye Jianming and Patrick Ho, “both of whom had connections to the Biden family through CEFC China Energy.”

Reports confirm CEFC had begun interacting with Hunter Biden in 2015, including efforts to “set up a meeting between the then vice-president’s son and Ye.”

After a meeting, Ye “sent a note of gratitude and a 2.8-carat diamond to Hunter’s hotel room,” Cleveland explained.

And a $100,000 a month retainer started appearing.

And Ho later turned over $1 million to another of Hunter Biden’s companies, reportedly for “representation.”

“That Joe Biden told his son ‘I think you’re clear’ in relation to reporting discussing Hunter’s connection with CEFC, and that this assurance came just one week after Ho’s conviction while Hunter Biden was reportedly under investigation for his business dealings with Ye and Ho, raises the question of whether Joe Biden had any inside information concerning the investigation of his son,” Cleveland explained.

She said one of the bigger questions remaining: “Why hasn’t a special counsel been appointed yet?”

Also raising the question was constitutional expert Jonathan Turley.

He wrote, “We have previously discussed the growing evidence that President Joe Biden has repeatedly lied about his knowledge of his son Hunter Biden’s foreign dealings. Now an audiotape of the president highlights those contradictions. In the call from late 2018, Joe Biden calls to discuss a New York Times article detailing Hunter’s dealings with a Chinese oil tycoon accused of economic crimes — telling him, ‘I think you’re clear.’ Once again, the refusal of Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel in this matter is itself becoming a scandal in the face of these contradictions.”

He pointed out that the comment concerned that article detailing Hunter Biden’s dealings with Ye Jianming, who shortly later was arrested.

“The voicemail, discovered on Hunter’s discarded laptop, reveals that Joe Biden was following the stories of his son’s alleged influencing peddling and specifically his Chinese dealings,” Turley said.

“Some of us have written for two years that Biden’s denial of knowledge is patently false. Indeed, it is baffling how Attorney General Garland can ignore the myriad of references to Joe Biden in refusing to appoint a special counsel,” he said.

He noted, “As vice president, Joe Biden flew to China on Air Force Two with Hunter Biden, who arranged for his father to meet some of his business interests. Hunter Biden’s financial interest in a Chinese-backed investment firm, BHR Partners, was registered within weeks of that 2013 trip. Yet, President Biden repeatedly insisted that he never discussed such dealings with his son, a claim Hunter Biden has contradicted.”

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