Comedic Relief: Biden Declares Hunter Investigation Just More "Foul Play" By Political Operatives

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  4 weeks ago  •  16 comments

By:   JONATHAN TURLEY

Comedic Relief: Biden Declares Hunter Investigation Just More "Foul Play" By Political Operatives
We had breaking news Thursday night: Joe Biden is proud of his son Hunter. After a blackout on the Hunter Biden scandal before the election, it often seems as if the media is struggling to offer the appearance of coverage without actually asking questions that could be damaging for the president-elect. That view of many was reinforced…

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We had breaking news Thursday night: Joe Biden is proud of his son Hunter. After a blackout on the Hunter Biden scandal before the election, it often seems as if the media is struggling to offer the appearance of coverage without actually asking questions that could be damaging for the president-elect.

That view of many was reinforced in the first interview with Biden about his son since the November election. It was conducted by CBS' Stephen Colbert, host of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Biden has refused to answer questions on the expanding scandal surrounding his son's China connections so this was a big deal. However, the president-elect's team arranged for the all-important question to be asked by a comedian on a late-night show.

CBS is filled with hugely talented reporters who were left as pedestrians watching this fawning interview.

There was something not quite right about what unfolded on Thursday night. It was like the New York Met's starting pitcher Jacob DeGrom and the Cleveland Indian's Shane Bieber watching from the dugout as Dr. Anthony Fauci takes the mound as the starter in a season opener. The only difference is that this was clearly designed to be both the opener and closer for the media.

It did not even appear newsworthy that Biden was denouncing the Justice Department investigation as an example of "foul play" after CBS and other networks spent years denouncing Trump for calling the Russian collusion story a "deep state conspiracy" or a politically motivated hoax. When Biden dismisses such investigations, it is treated as manifestly true or at least not worthy of a challenging follow-up question.

For the record, I have written about the influence-peddling scheme of Hunter Biden and his uncle for years.

I have never had a reporter in private question whether this was an influence-peddling scheme or the Biden family's history of using public office to enrich themselves. Indeed, it was once an open joke.

When Joe Biden pushed to put his entirely unqualified son Hunter on the board of Amtrak, the only justification that Democratic Senator Tom Carper of Delaware could come up with in Committee was that Hunter Biden was qualified because "Hunter Biden has spent a lot of time on Amtrak trains." It was like appointing him to a top Food and Drug Administration board because he "eats a lot."


The Colbert interview was an utter embarrassment. Colbert gently raised the scandal and immediately framed it in terms of Republicans seeking to use it against Joe Biden.

PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN: We have great confidence in our son.

JILL BIDEN: Uh-huh.

JOE BIDEN: I am not concerned about any accusations that have been made against him. It's used to get to me. I think it's kind of foul play, but, look, it is what it is. And he's a grown man. He is the smartest man I know. I mean, in pure intellectual capacity. And as long as he's good, we're good.

STEPHEN COLBERT: As a father, I understand that, and - and - and I - I admire that. But, I mean, in terms of your job as president, you can reach across the aisle to people who will be using this as an attack on you when it is such a personal attack because it's about family?

JOE BIDEN: But if it benefits the country, yes. I really mean it.

Later, the president-elect's team sought to spin the reference to "foul play" to say that Biden was referencing a long history of political attacks.

However, so was Trump when he attacked the Russian collusion investigation as part of a campaign against him.

In fairness to Trump, those collusion allegations collapsed early in the investigation and now all of the top Justice Department figures from James Comey to Sally Yates to Rosenstein say that they would not have approved the Carter Page surveillance if they knew then what they know today about the flawed basis for the investigation.

There is comparably far more evidence supporting the investigation of Hunter Biden.

Moreover, Biden was clearly referring to this investigation when he said "I think it's kind of foul play, . . . it is what it is."

This follows Biden's repeated assertion that his son "did nothing wrong," a claim that I and others have long challenged.

Even if you believe Hunter cannot be charged with a crime, the criminal code is not the only measure of wrongdoing. This was raw influence-peddling on a global scale. It was wrong in its own right.

What was most embarrassing about the Colbert interview is the careful avoidance of any specific or substantive question. It was the ultimate "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?" interview.

Colbert framed the investigation in strictly political terms and how it affects Biden as a father and candidate. Moreover, this is not just about Hunter Biden. It is also about the president-elect Biden and whether he lied about his knowledge of the dealings and whether he knew about an influence-peddling scheme using his position. Either witnesses like former Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski are lying or Joe Biden is lying.

Bobulinski has given his allegations to the FBI under threat of prosecution. Biden has never uttered a word about Bobulinski.

There was not a single question from Colbert on Thursday about how emails and witnesses, if true, would reveal that Biden has knowingly and repeatedly lied. To date, he has denied any knowledge of the son's business dealings.

Hunter Biden himself contradicted his father on that point but that was not enough to ask Joe Biden about his past denials.

Likewise, Bobulinski, (who Hunter Biden showers with praise in the emails related to SinoHawk Holdings) contradicts Joe Biden in detailed accounts for their discussions of the dealings. Not a single question.

Email exchanges repeatedly reference Joe Biden while telling people not to use his name in writing. Not a single question.

Joe Biden and Jill Biden were listed as office mates with one of the Chinese figures with a need for their own keys to the office. No question.

Hunter Biden is shown in emails conversing about loans and dealings with the entire "Biden family." Not a single question.

Instead, the breaking news from Thursday's interview is that Biden is proud of his son Hunter.

Now that I think about it, the selection of a late-night comedian for this interview was the perfect choice.


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Vic Eldred
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

So, If your brain wasn't fully functioning, you might call the only reporter actually asking you real questions "a one horse pony" - whatever that means?


No pictures or cartoons

 
 
 
Greg Jones
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 weeks ago

Now that I think about it, the selection of a late-night comedian for this interview was the perfect choice.

In the opinions of many, the whole Democrat Party and its agenda is a national disgrace, and a bad joke to boot.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    4 weeks ago
the whole Democrat Party and its agenda is a national disgrace,

That it is!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago

I really dont care what happens to Hunter Biden. As for Joe Biden, if he had actually done something seriously wrong, we would have heard about it with evidence and not the nonsense the right wing has been handing us for years.  And no, Biden saying that the Ukrainian prosecutor needed to be fired in order for that country to receive international aid is not evidence of wrongdoing by Joe Biden. 

But I am more interested in Jonathan Turley. Throughout the Trump administration Turley has been a Trumpster bootlicker, even appearing at congressional hearings taking Trumps side in various controversies. 

Allegedly Turley is a straight down the middle legal expert who simply calls them as he sees him. My question is, when has he seen corruption in the Trump administration, the Trump family, and Trump himself. Countless other people have seen that Trump corruption, why cant Jonathan Turley? 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @2    4 weeks ago
Countless other people have seen that Trump corruption

Where?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    4 weeks ago

Oh please, there are numerous BOOKS written about Trump's lifelong corruption, not to mention all the other media that contains these facts. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
2.1.2  Ronin2  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.1    4 weeks ago

There are numerous books written about the Clintons life long corruption as well, not to mention all the other media that contains these facts.

Yet the Clintons haven't been charged and convicted yet either.

I am going to use Democratic logic against you. Trump has been investigated more than the Clintons; yet they haven't found shit yet to convict him and put him in prison. Just like with the Clintons. 

We don't convict people w/o real evidence (Books to sold to sheeple, and read meat media click bait don't count). Otherwise there would be a shitload of politicians, business leaders, athletes, and even entertainers in prison right now.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
2.2  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @2    4 weeks ago

Countless other people have seen that Trump corruption, why cant Jonathan Turley? 

Maybe because it doesn't really exist?

Anyone who thinks the Biden's aren't dirty, corrupt and self serving is living in deep denial

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Greg Jones @2.2    4 weeks ago

They finally admitted that Hunter may have done something wrong.  It takes time.

 
 
 
cjcold
2.2.2  cjcold  replied to  Greg Jones @2.2    4 weeks ago

The current president of the United States of America is the most corrupt person I've ever heard of.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.2.3  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.2.1    4 weeks ago

Out of curiosity I listened to a few minutes from one of Rudy Giuliani's podcasts 

Giuliani says the media has inappropriately focused on Stormy Daniels, Trump's taxes, Michael Cohen's allegations about Trump corruption, etc.  He says Joe Biden is the real crook. 

I have a couple questions. 

Rudy Giuliani is currently a national laughing stock, so why would anyone take his opinions seriously?

If he has evidence of Biden's corruption , where is it?    They took their shot near the end of the campaign when the whole saga of the blind computer repairman who claimed he had a laptop with incriminating information about the Bidens on it was dumped on the world by Giuliani and other far right pro trump conspiracy nuts.  If this was actually incriminating information why havent Hunter and Joe Biden been arrested?  Surely Bill Barr reviewed such crucial "evidence" and would have produced something in the way of indictments or at least a press conference that would have helped trump in the election, no? 

Clearly the whole "laptop" thing was a hoax. 

Donald Trump is being investigated by the state of New York for tax fraud. That is not a joke. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
2.2.4  Ronin2  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.3    4 weeks ago

This time they have him for sure! jrSmiley_80_smiley_image.gif

These bombshell findings seemed to present an opportunity for New York prosecutors, including Vance and James, to open investigations into the Trump Organization, the president and other members of his family that could result in criminal charges. But at least one large hurdle stands in the way of that happening. “The problem with charging Trump is that none of the information is current,” said Danshera Cords, a tax law professor at Albany Law School. “There's a statute of limitations on how far back they can go in charging criminal tax fraud. And so all of the information that The New York Times has found that it's made public is outside of the criminal statute of limitations, which precludes the state of New York or the city of New York from charging criminal tax fraud.”

The statute of limitations for criminal tax fraud and evasion tends to depend on the specific charge, but in New York state, the statute of limitations only goes up to five years. For federal offenses, the statute of limitations is three to six years. Even if Vance and James wanted to pursue criminal charges, they’d be out of luck.

When the allegations first came out last year, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance said that it was reviewing the allegations and “vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation.” As attorney general, even James would need a referral from the state’s taxation department to pursue criminal charges. A spokesman for the department said that they do not comment on investigations.

Trump has tax specialists, accountants, and lawyers specializing in tax law. He takes every loophole available and expands it as far as possible. Just like all of the other multi millionaire and billionaire elitists that take advantage of the tax codes to pay little as possible. Those experts are far smarter than the IRS, or the State of NY tax auditors. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
2.2.5  Ozzwald  replied to  Greg Jones @2.2    4 weeks ago
Maybe because it doesn't really exist?

Then you are saying that Trump will not need to be pardoning himself or his family members?  Since a pardon indicates a crime and accepting it is the same as pleading guilty (according to SCOTUS).

 
 
 
Gsquared
2.2.6  Gsquared  replied to  Ronin2 @2.2.4    4 weeks ago
Just like all of the other multi millionaire and billionaire elitists

There is no doubt that Trump is an elitist, yet his working class and middle class supporters think of him as one of them.  He thinks of them as suckers and losers.  One of the strangest phenomena in American political history.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
2.2.7  Ozzwald  replied to  Ronin2 @2.2.4    4 weeks ago
This time they have him for sure!

How many times did we hear that about Hillary??

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.2.8  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.3    3 weeks ago
Out of curiosity

Just out of curiosity - Do you think Joe Biden was telling the truth when he said he never discussed Hunter's business ventures with his drug addict son?

 
 
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