Column By Mike Bibb
I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.Hunter Biden’s alleged July 2017 WhatsApp message to a Chinese business associate. Source, current House Ways and Means Investigation Committee.
For the less tech savvy among us, WhatsApp is described as, “a freeware, cross-platform, centralized instant messaging and voice-over-IP service owned by U.S. tech conglomerate Meta. It allows users to send text, voice messages and video messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other content.” — Wikipedia
Now that Hunter Biden appears to have skated on his tax and gun shenanigans – if allowed by a federal judge – another bruhaha is developing over his alleged dealings with Chinese business partners.
This whole Biden family mess is reminiscent of a TV soap opera in which multiple character’s schemes and scams are taking place at the same time.
Adding to the suspense, everyday reveals another twist in the story.
The drama never ends.
In spite of Joe’s repeated insistence he knows nothing about Hunter’s foreign business affairs, his name and image keep coming up in conversations and pictures with Hunter and other individuals associated with Hunter.
These joint ventures date back to Joe’s time as Vice President, when he threatened to withhold U.S. funds to Ukraine unless a Ukrainian prosecutor was fired from investigating Hunter’s activities as a board member of a natural gas business.
“Well, son-of-a-bitch, they fired him,” Joe proclaimed.
Joe made this boast during a local newscast. Probably, not the most intelligent thing to do. Film has a long shelf life.
At the time, Hunter had no education, training or skills in the natural gas field, yet was being paid tens of thousands of dollars a month for some reason.
Reportedly, as much as $83,000 per month – about a million dollars a year. Not bad for someone who knows nothing of the work they’re being paid to do.
Many have speculated the real excuse for Hunter’s position on the company board was because his dad was the Vice President of the United States.
Actually, Hunter later admitted during a television interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), why he believed the gas company hired him was because, “I think they saw my name as gold.” — Barron’s, April 6, 2021.
More film footage and reporting for future reference.
As in any business – legitimate, or otherwise – when someone is being paid to do something, it is usually expected they do it.
Even if it’s as simple as being a conduit, transferring nonpublic information back and forth between various individuals involved in confidential activities.
Apparently, if recent Congressional and government whistleblower reports are valid, Joe and Hunter have received millions of dollars over the years by providing exclusive services to various foreign enterprises.
In return, payment for these deeds was deposited into multiple banks and dummy corporations, purposely intended to disguise and conceal the transactions.
Until recently, the IRS appears to have been unaware of these under-the-table dealings. Supposedly, one of the ruses involving nonpayment of taxes is perpetrated by directing the monies Hunter and Joe allegedly received to another party. That party, then launders the money in the form of a loan through another banking or loan facility. Often, off-shore.
Thereby, the money instantly becomes a loan- not income – and no federal or state income taxes are deducted.
Depending upon the amount of money involved, Joe and Hunter’s evaded taxes could amount to several hundred thousand dollars or more.
This scam can be repeated many times through bogus shell entities, all designed to hide the source of the recipient and original payer.
Equally disturbing, the leniency granted Hunter in his previous tax and firearms plea deal last week is in stark contrast to similar convictions doled out to others.
This doesn’t speak well of our justice system. Undoubtedly, it looks rather suspicious certain people, in certain situations can expect more favorable treatment by the Justice Department and courts. Particularly, if these individuals are involved in nefarious government related intrigues.
For instance, Hillary Clinton destroyed over 30,000 emails, many containing classified information, smashed cell phones and intentionally carried out a plan to avoid detection for these unlawful actions.
In response, the Director of the FBI determined – in spite of her obvious felonious conduct – there was insufficient evidence to indict and prosecute Hillary.
Unbelievably, the DOJ did nothing, and she is still writing books, touring the talk-show circuit, yammering how badly she’s been mistreated, insisting she was elected president, and screeching Trump is the one who really should be locked up.
Her hypocrisy is off the Richter Scale.
Likewise, as Joe and Hunter carry on their extracurricular business dealings – seemingly immune to Department of Justice examination – the same can’t be said for former President, Donald Trump.
Joe’s removing and hiding classified government documents in his home, and other places for many years, was conveniently and amicably resolved by lawyers.
Nothing to see here, a friendly DOJ must have been thinking.
More recently, during a meeting with the prime minister of India and tech CEOs, Joe’s tongue slipped when he mentioned, “I started off without you, and I sold a lot of state secrets and a lot of very important things that we shared.”
Quickly realizing what he said, he suddenly injected, “Now, all kidding aside,” reported Yahoo! Money, June 27, 2023.
Question is, was Joe cognizant of the words he uttered, or was the comment really intended to be a joke? Usually, he says “No joke” when speaking on something of importance.
If a joke, why say it to the PM of India? What was the point, and where was the humor?
Equally baffling, why does Joe continue to pull these stunts, adding more public film evidence to his growing pile of misstatements, gaffes and other incoherent mutterings?
Meanwhile, Trump’s residence was invaded by a couple dozen armed FBI agents.
Trump’s alleged crime? He also had classified government documents in his home – under the protection of the Secret Service.
Obviously, the Department of Justice treatment of Trump has been noticeably different.
To date, Joe hasn’t received a 37-count indictment. Or, any indictment at all. Joe and Hunter must be a couple of special guys. Maybe, like Hillary, above the law.
Possibly, it’s as simple as three of these people are prominent Democrats, while the other a deplorable Republican.
As a result, the Republican is the one facing jail.
Strangely, the mainstream media has ignored many of these controversies. Concentrating, instead, on Trump’s daily comings and goings and how he has the moxie to hold campaign rallies – after being twice impeached and indicted. But, not convicted. . . Yet!
Consequently, Democrats brains are imploding. They just “can’t handle the truth” to borrow an oft repeated line from the 1992 flick “A Few Good Men.”
Especially, after viewing their starting lineup for the 2024 presidential election and see only blank stares from the eyes of their top two draft picks.
Back to the basement we go. No questions, interviews or debates, other than what’s been scripted and approved by the DNC – Democrat National Committee.
Luckily, Hunter’s soaring career as an acclaimed finger-painting artist will help replace funds he’s losing from dried-up foreign investors. The golden name may be tarnishing a bit.
The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author.