The problem with having a closet full of skeletons is that once a hand or foot falls out and is seen, the rest are sure to be discovered sooner rather than later. When it comes to the Biden family closet, well, this past week of email reveals confirms what many have suspected for years: It’s packed full, and – try as they might – there’s no pawning it off on the Russians.
Liberty Nation’s Jeff Charles summed up the Democrats’ go-to tactic for ducking responsibility: “Blame it on the Russkies.” That’s what Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) tried when he labeled the emails found on the laptop in Delaware “Russian disinformation,” but this time, it didn’t stick. And even if that particular set of bones was of overseas origin, the next one to clatter to the newsroom floor was all American. An old business partner of Hunter Biden, serving federal time for the business dealings he helped set up for his former friend, apparently realized he was less pal and more patsy.
Fall Guy Fallout
Bevan Cooney and Devon Archer were business partners of Hunter Biden. Cooney is currently serving time for charges related to financial deals he made connected to Hunter Biden. Archer was convicted as well, but a federal judge vacated the conviction. Just a couple of weeks ago, however, an appellate court overruled that decision, so Archer will be joining Cooney in jail sooner or later.
Hunter Biden, of course, was never charged – the prosecutors never even alleged he committed any crime. So, after feeling used and discarded, Cooney flipped on the Bidens. “He recently reached out through Matt Tyrmand, a journalist, and said I want to give you access to all of my emails in my Gmail account,” Breitbart News’ Peter Schweizer said. Breitbart ran a story on China, Inc. shortly after, but that was just the beginning. Schweizer promises there will be more to come.
According to the Cooney emails, Hunter and his partners set up a meeting for a group called China Entrepreneurs Club. The Club wanted meetings in the White House, and Hunter Biden – whose dad was, at the time, the vice president – allegedly arranged them. What’s more, members claim to have met secretly with Joe Biden in the White House, though no such visit is recorded on the White House visitor logs or calendar. If true, what did Hunter and his partners get in return? As Schweizer put it, “this access, with the participation of Joe Biden, translated into commercial deals down the road.”
But Wait, There’s More!
The laptop shows that Hunter Biden traded both Ukrainians and the Chinese access to his father, the vice president of the United States, for loads of money. The Cooney emails seem to confirm that – unless, of course, he’s just another Russian agent! But wait, there’s more. There are around 26,000 emails to dig through. Some are personal and won’t be published – but many are allegedly relevant to the issue of Hunter’s influence peddling and Joe’s willingness to do his part, and Schweizer says those will have their turn in the spotlight.
There are also emails regarding other arrangements in China. There are some pertaining to Russian transactions, including with Yelena Baturina, the Moscow mayor’s wife who has been linked to Russian organized crime. There are some involving Kazakhstan and Biden’s dealings in the Middle East.
Will This Burst Biden’s Bubble?
Thus far, the Biden campaign, the Democrats in general, and the Fourth Estate all seem to think this can still be downplayed or discredited – or perhaps even ignored entirely. Few esteemed members of the press have asked the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate the uncomfortable questions about these revelations. When CBS News’ Bo Erickson did finally ask Biden about it, Joe snipped back. “I have no response,” he said. “It’s another smear campaign – right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.” His response to his son’s behavior was to deflect from the influence-peddling and attack his questioners for going after a recovering addict. That was a useful narrative; even The Washington Post got in on that one with their opinion piece titled “The New York Post Chooses Cruelty.”
But Hunter Biden’s drug problems aren’t the story, and as more emails come out, it will become more difficult to deflect from the real issue. Equally easy for Democrats to swallow was the “Russia did it” narrative. What anti-Trumper wouldn’t want to believe that a Russian agent somehow planted the laptop and that, of course, Trump was probably the one who asked for it to be done? Unfortunately for them, that fell through. Neither the FBI nor the DOJ says they’ve seen any evidence of Russian interference here, and even if they had, that doesn’t account for Cooney.
The election is just a couple of weeks away, and it seems clear Joe Biden hopes to skate by without having to answer questions on whether he let his family profit handsomely by selling access to himself and others in the Obama administration and then lied about it – repeatedly. How long can the left-wing press ignore it? How long will the people allow him to go without addressing it? Is his silence costing him votes, or could it be that any answer – whether inconvenient truth or unconvincing lie – do more harm than just staying quiet? Once skeletons fall out of the closet, it’s nigh impossible to stuff them back in.
But there are two questions that stand out as the most important: What did Joe Biden have to do to make those meetings worthwhile to the foreign entities forking over the filthy lucre to Hunter? And if it turns out that he did all this as vice president, what would President Joe Biden sell to the Chinese and Ukrainians and whoever else shells out enough cash should he win the election?
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