JThe walls obviously don’t come any closer to President Joe Biden.
Although the mainstream press eventually picked up the sordid affairs discussed in the emails found on Hunter Biden’s laptop, the media’s lack of interest in the president’s knowledge or involvement in this lucrative part of the family business is palpable.
If President Donald Trump were caught in similar circumstances, he would be harassed at every press conference and every march to Marine One with the question of what he knew and when he knew it. It would dominate cable news and Sunday shows, newspaper editorials and opinion pages.
While it’s nice that the laptop, once considered Russian disinformation, is finally being considered a legitimate source of information by what are supposed to be news outlets, the report comes with a year and a half of delay and does not add new information proportional to the delay. .
At this rate, the press will develop strong interest in the Joe Biden angle of the story – the most newsworthy and consequential angle – towards the end of 2023.
The President’s son, Hunter, and his brother, Jim, live off the trafficking of their surnames and political connections.
The laptop is a guide to a particularly mature example, a deal with CEFC China Energy, a cat’s paw of the Chinese Communist Party, which funneled nearly $5 million to Hunter and his uncle.
The president said he had “never spoken” to Hunter about “his overseas business dealings.” Let’s say it’s true. It wouldn’t have taken much conversation for the then vice president to figure out why his son was hitchhiking on Air Force Two with him on a trip to China in 2013. It wasn’t for sightseeing .
Hunter met with banker Jonathan Li, whose private equity fund was approved by Chinese authorities shortly thereafter. Hunter sat on the board.
Until they argued over Hunter’s move to the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, Biden’s son was in business with John Kerry’s stepson, Chris Heinz. So, these are two parents of Democrats who ran for president and held high government office by coincidence looping together.
How could Joe Biden and John Kerry, these sophisticated statesmen, not notice what was happening? Had they never encountered the phenomenon of relatives of government officials taking advantage of proximity to power before?
Even if Joe Biden wanted to look away from Hunter, plagued by a terrible addiction, what about his brother, Jim? Did Joe ever talk to her about business either?
Even though we knew it in 2020, the CEFC deal is still jaw-dropping. The company has sought to expand Chinese influence as part of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative. CEFC founder Ye Jianming enlisted Hunter Biden, infamously giving him a 2.8-carat diamond after their first meeting. Everyone knew the score.
Hunter called another CEFC official “the goddamn spy chief” and had no illusions about his own worth to the company. He told Tony Bobulinski, recruited to structure the deal, that CEFC was “becoming MY partner to partner with the Bidens.”
The only one who did not understand the nature of this relationship was Joe Biden, who must have believed that well-heeled Chinese companies were after his son for his business acumen and good judgment.
A notorious email says “the big guy”, identified by Bobulinksi as Joe Biden, was going to get a 10% cut of the deal. In a text message, Hunter’s partner James Gilliar reminded Bobulinksi, “Don’t mention Joe’s involvement, it’s only when you’re face to face.”
If Republicans take the House, they should make this a major focus of inquiry. In the meantime, the press should – out of shame, if nothing else – bring more skepticism to assurances that Joe Biden knew nothing.
Even the president’s fiercest critics don’t believe he is so ignorant.