It’s more than strange that Hunter Biden released a statement today in the form of an official press release from his father’s “Biden-Harris transition” operation, for the purpose of confirming he is under federal investigation for tax fraud.
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” read his statement.
The statement had an addendum from his father: “President-elect Biden is deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger.”
Sorry, that doesn’t wash.
For too long, Joe has gotten away with cynically using sympathy for his druggie son to shield himself from scrutiny into his family’s shady moneymaking schemes.
But no longer is he a mere candidate.
Barring a miracle, Biden will be sworn in as president next month and all the skeletons jumping around in his closet have grave implications for America’s national security.
When it comes to the Biden family’s business associations with Communist Party entities in China, it doesn’t get any more serious.
Damning evidence about the Bidens’ lucrative influence-peddling schemes overseas is on the laptop Hunter fecklessly abandoned at a Delaware Mac repair shop, which was handed to the FBI last December.
Further damning evidence emerged during the election campaign from Hunter’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski, who was interviewed by the FBI on Oct. 23.
At the time, Bobulinksi said “Joe Biden and the Biden family is compromised” by the Chinese Communist Party. He revealed that the “Big Guy” referred to in an e-mail on Hunter’s laptop as the recipient of 10 percent of a lucrative Chinese deal was none other than Joe Biden.
Bobulinski’s revelations and The Post’s stories about Hunter’s laptop were successfully suppressed during the election campaign by Big Tech and ignored by Biden’s media allies.
Just four days before the election, the Department of Justice confirmed that the FBI had been conducting a money-laundering investigation into Hunter since 2019, but the story barely caused a ripple.
So it is hard to believe that Hunter learned he was under federal investigation only “yesterday for the first time.”
Maybe the point of his statement was to head off an avalanche of damaging information emerging about the Biden family business and to frame the investigation merely as a tax probe.
But a money-laundering probe takes us to a sinister place in which payments from China were purchasing something of value from Hunter, and it wasn’t his expertise with a crack pipe.
Three reports this week point to serious concerns about China’s influence over the upcoming Biden administration and certain Democratic politicians.
- The final report of the Republican-led Senate Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees, released Tuesday, details disturbing Biden family financial ties to China as well as Ukraine
- A yearlong investigation by digital news outlet Axios reveals a political-intelligence operation run by China’s spy agency between 2011 and 2015, in which a spy developed “extensive ties with local and national politicians,” including Rep. Eric Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
- A video played by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in which a Chinese economics professor declared that China’s influence over American affairs via its friends on Wall Street had waned under Trump but would be better than ever with Biden back in power.
You can go online to read the entire 87-page report by the Senate committees, titled “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns.”
It concludes: “Hunter Biden’s and his family’s financial transactions with Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh and Chinese nationals raise criminal concerns and extortion threats.”
There is much disturbing material about Hunter’s lucrative gig on the board of Burisma, the corrupt Ukranian energy company.
But on China, our primary security threat, the report is more frightening.
“The records acquired by the Committees show consistent, significant and extensive financial connections among and between Hunter Biden, James Biden [Joe’s brother], Sara Biden [Joe’s sister-in law], Devon Archer [Hunter’s business partner], and Chinese nationals connected to the Communist regime . . .
“These connections and the vast amount of money transferred among and between them don’t just raise conflicts-of-interest concerns, they raise criminal financial, counterintelligence and extortion concerns.”
The report also notes Joe’s denial that he ever spoke to Hunter about his business dealings.
Then there is the Axios investigation that claims a Chinese spy named Christine Fang ingratiated herself with Democratic politicians in California, including Swalwell.
Fang helped Swalwell get elected in 2012, fundraised for him and “placed at least one intern in his office,” reports Axios. The relationship ended in 2015, when the FBI alerted Swalwell to Fang’s activities, after which she fled the country.
Swalwell, who has run Beijing’s lines on everything from North Korea to the coronavirus, yesterday laughably complained he was the victim of “law-enforcement information weaponized” against him.
This is the same Swalwell who lied for years that Trump was a “Russian agent.”
Swalwell is a clear and present danger to American national security, with his access to classified information in his role on the Intelligence Committee. Are we supposed to take his word, or that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who placed him in that role, that nothing untoward has occurred?
The other alarming report this week came when Fox News host Carlson aired part of a speech given in Shanghai two weeks ago by a prominent Chinese professor, Di Dongsheng, of the Renmin University’s School of International Relations.
With remarkable candor, Di mapped out the way China has exploited its relationships with Wall Street and America’s “core inner circle of power and influence” to manipulate US domestic and foreign policy.
Trump’s election had temporarily disrupted China’s influence, Di said: “Wall Street couldn’t fix Trump.”
But a Biden administration would mean China could go back to business as usual, said Di, specifically pointing to Hunter’s business deals as the conduit serving China’s political interests.
“Trump has been saying that Biden’s son has some sort of global foundation . . . Who helped [Hunter] build the foundations? Got it? There are a lot of deals inside all this.”
If all of this isn’t grounds to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Biden family’s business dealings in China, nothing is.
After all, as Pelosi and Swalwell like to say: “No one is above the law.”