“it’s the payoffs to the Biden family that really involve our national security” but DOJ is Running Interference
My appearance on Newt Gingrich’s podcast yesterday, before the IRS Whistleblower transcripts were released: “the other payments that were funneled through Hunter and through other people to the Biden family need to be investigated…. [T]he issues that go to whether Joe Biden as vice president and as presidential candidate essentially sold his office, sold his influence to foreign entities and to foreign people who funneled money to the family.”
Yesterday I appeared on Newt Gingrich’s podcast, Newt’s World, to discuss Hunter Biden’s plea deals, prior to today’s revelations from IRS Whistleblowers.
On Tuesday, President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and accept terms that would allow him to avoid prosecution on a separate gun charge. The federal prosecutor who oversaw the investigation and signed off on the agreement is David Weiss, the U.S. attorney in Delaware. And while this plea agreement ends his legal troubles, it still does not address questions that many of us still have about Hunter Biden’s business dealings. Newt’s guest is William Jacobson. He is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School.
Those plea deals, I discussed, appeared to be an attempt to paper over the deeper Biden family corruption. The release of Whistleblower transcripts today reinforces that view. DOJ appears to be running interference for the Biden family in what could be the greatest corruption scandal in recent political history.
We touched upon other topics as well, including the loss of institutional legitimacy and the collapse of education.
Partial Transcript (auto-generated, may contain transcription errors)(emphasis added)
Newt Gingrich (03:01):
Speaker McCarthy called Hunter Biden’s plea deal, a sweetheart deal. I’m curious, what’s your take on this whole thing?
Well, I think it is a sweetheart deal, particularly if you look at what the charges were and the decisions made at the prosecutorial level not to seek more serious charges. So misdemeanor tax violations normally would not result in prison time, so that’s not surprising. But why were they charged as misdemeanors? Why did they agree to lower them to misdemeanors when they were fairly sizable claims, clear intent, they could have been charged as felonies. The other one was lying on your gun permit application, your background check. And that is generally viewed as pretty serious, particularly in the Biden administration, which has made gun control one of its policy platforms. And so I think the issue here is not so much that what was charged got a lenient sentence is that they decided to charge at very low levels as part of the plea deal.
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WAJ (06:46): Yes. And I think there were reports about that. I don’t remember the person, but there was somebody who I think helped him pay that off [the tax debt]. And I think that that needs to be investigated just like the other payments that were funneled through Hunter and through other people to the Biden family need to be investigated. The big concern here is that those more serious issues, the issues that go to whether Joe Biden as vice president and as presidential candidate essentially sold his office, sold his influence to foreign entities and to foreign people who funneled money to the family. That’s the big issue. And I think the concern here is that if the Department of Justice is going to say, oh, we’ve done what we need to do, we’re done with Hunter Biden closed the book on it, that’s the bigger concern because it’s the payoffs to the Biden family that really involve our national security.
Gingrich (07:40): It does seem to me also there’s some confusion because when the deal was announced, Chris, Chris Clarke Biden’s attorney said in a statement quote, with the announcement of two agreements between my client, hunter Biden and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, it is my understanding that the five-year investigation into Hunter is resolved. I think they figured out that would mean the Congress could then ask for all the information, cause Justice could no longer hide behind the ongoing investigation defense. And they promptly then issued a letter saying, oh no, no, we’re still investigating. But I’m now told, although I have not seen the document, that they’re actually filing an agreement that nothing that happened, the date of the agreement will be prosecutable
WAJ (08:24): If that’s going to happen. And if that is not limited in scope, if it’s not limited to the gun charge and to the tax charge, then that is very concerning because that would mean that Hunter Biden escapes responsibility for any of the payoffs that might have taken place, things that might be characterized as bribes to the Biden family, and that would lead the government to say case closed on that. So if that’s happening, that’s extremely concerning.
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Gingrich (17:26): One of the side stories that’s beginning to bubble out is that there’s an IRS whistleblower who argues that the Biden administration was deliberately mishandling the Hunter Biden investigation. His told lawmakers that he had information that suggested that the Biden administration was deliberately mishandling it. Now since then, as I understand it, the FBI has convinced the r s to close down the entire investigation, which would be sort of, I think, extraordinary.
WAJ (17:55): It would, if you have a whistleblower, you would think that that person would be not just protected by the laws, but would be permitted to come forward. A whistleblower who is alleging political influence in favor of the son of the President who now just got a sweetheart deal from the Department of Justice. If these things are true, and hopefully these people will be able to come forward. That whistleblower’s obviously being very cautious because he doesn’t want to find himself or herself on the wrong end of a Department of Justice prosecution. So they’ve got to be very careful. But that needs to come out and it needs to come out soon. It needs to come out long before the 2024 election. Because we can’t have another situation like we did with Hunter Biden’s laptop, where it’s not just suppressed. It’s not just having people deplatformed or silenced on social media. We actually had 50 former intelligence officials mislead the public by saying that the laptop looked like Russian disinformation. When it’s been verified, nobody’s claiming that anymore. And it definitely influenced the election. So this needs to come out and it needs to come out soon.DONATE
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