Peter Schweizer: Joe Biden could be implicated in probe of his son

The federal grand jury impaneled to probe Hunter Biden’s international business activities likely will examine why he was involved in lucrative deals, which could implicate his former vice president father, says author Peter Schweizer, who has been following the story for many years while it has been virtually ignored by establishment media.

Reciting the old line that “they got Al Capone on tax fraud,” Schweizer noted Thursday that criminal activity “often appears in clusters.” He expects, therefore, the investigation of Hunter Biden’s taxes eventually will address the fundamental question of what asset the former vice president’s son brought to the negotiating table.

“He didn’t have a skill set, he wasn’t bringing capital to any of these investment deals, so what was he being paid for?” Schweizer asked in an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer.

“If he was being paid because his father was vice president and foreign investors and governments were expecting something in return – and getting something in return – then you’ve got a public corruption case that could implicate Joe Biden,” Schweizer said.

On Wednesday, in a statement issued by the Biden-Harris transition team, Hunter Biden acknowledged the U.S. Attorney’s office in Delaware told his lawyers his “tax affairs” were under investigation. The previous evening, WND reported two Republican-led Senate committees concluded that members of Joe Biden’s family engaged in deals with Chinese nationals who had “deep connections” to the Communist Party.

Schweizer reported on the Biden family influence-peddling in his 2018 book “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends” and a follow-up, “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite,” which presents evidence that five members of the Biden family “cashed in” while Joe Biden was vice president. Joe Biden’s brother James also is under investigation, Politico reported Thursday.

The federal investigation into Hunter Biden, which began in 2018, goes beyond taxes, according to a source with firsthand knowledge of the probe who spoke to Politico. Along with the U.S. Attorney in Delaware’s investigation of his taxes, the securities fraud unit in the Southern District of New York is scrutinizing his finances, and investigators in Delaware and Washington are probing potential money laundering and his foreign ties.

Schweizer pointed out Thursday that the U.S. has tax treaties with other countries, “meaning the level of information that can be obtained is much higher than if it were related to some other form of corruption.”

Hemmer played a clip from Tucker Carlson’s October interview with former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski, who charged Joe Biden’s claim in a presidential debate that he had no knowledge of his son’s business deals was a “blatant lie.”

Bobulinski, who attended the debate, said he “almost stood up and screamed liar and walked out, because I was shocked the Biden family was taking that position to the world.”

The businessman said he met twice with Joe Biden “to discuss what I was doing with his family’s name” and the firm CEFC China Energy, which has ties to the Communist Party. And it was clear, he said, that the former vice president was in charge of the family business enterprise trading off of his status.

Schweizer believes an independent prosecutor should be appointed prior to Jan. 20, because any attorney general appointed by Joe Biden will be looking over his shoulder.

When the New York Post reported in October evidence from a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden that Joe Biden not only was aware of the deals but also profited from them, the story was censored by social media and dismissed or ignored by establishment news outlets as “Russian propaganda” and a desperate, last-minute smear by the Trump campaign.

The New York Times and other news outlets insisted the messages and the laptop on which they were found could not be authenticated, publishing a story headlined “New York Post Published Hunter Biden Report Amid Newsroom Doubts.” On Thursday, however, the Times said “Biden team has rejected some of the claims made in the Post articles, but has not disputed the authenticity of the files upon which they were based.”

Conference calls leaked through Project Veritas captured CNN CEO Jeff Zucker telling his editors and producers he didn’t want his network to go down the “Breitbart, New York Post, Fox News rabbit hole of Hunter Biden, which I don’t think anybody outside of that world understood.”

A post-election survey found more than one-third of voters who chose Joe Biden were not aware of the evidence linking the former vice president to corrupt financial dealings with China through his son Hunter. Had they known, according to the survey commissioned by the Media Research Center, President Trump would have won at least 289 Electoral College votes.

‘Corruption by proxy’

Schweizer has noted the 2013 trip to Bejing on Air Force Two in which Hunter Biden accompanied his father and struck a $1.5 billion deal with a private equity firm secured from the state-owned Bank of China. The New Yorker has reported Joe Biden met with a Chinese business executive involved in that deal on the trip.

WND interviewed Schweizer in April 2018 about his book “Secret Empires,” which shows how lawmakers, on a massive scale, are avoiding scrutiny through “corruption by proxy,” using family and friends as “middlemen.”

Bobulinski contends that tactic – of providing distance between the politician and the family’s deals – was at work in the Biden family’s business.

WND reported Monday a Beijing university professor cited the Biden family’s Chinese business deals as he explained in a Nov. 28 lecture why a Biden administration will restore the communist regime’s influence on its “old friends” on Wall Street and inside the Beltway after it was throttled by President Trump.

On Monday, meanwhile, the Chinese state organ Global Times published an op-ed said it expects a Biden administration to cooperate in silencing critism of the communist regime by American allies such as Australia.

On “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday, Carlson recalled asking Bobulinski how the deal might “constrain” Joe Biden’s ability to deal with China if he were elected.

“So, I think Joe Biden and the Biden family are compromised,” the businessman replied.

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