• Misdirection! Hunter Biden Conviction Hides the Real Crimes

    June 26, 2024

    Tags: , , , ,
    Posted in: Biden, Democracy

    Misdirection. That’s what you call it when a magician distracts you from looking at the real point of interest, waving his right hand in the air vigorously while his left slips the selected card into his jacket pocket. You’re fooled, but you’re satisfied. You even play along.

    Well, if you like magical misdirection, you must be very happy to see Hunter Biden convicted of lying about his drug use to illegally buy a gun, making him the first child of a sitting U.S. president to be convicted of a crime. Hunter was fully guilty, no doubt, confirmed by the rapid three-hour turnaround decison reached by the jury. He’ll face a similar fate in September when he stares down three felony and six misdemeanor tax offenses in California, alleging he failed to pay $1.4 million in taxes between 2016 and 2019 while spending millions more on drugs, escorts, exotic cars, and other lux items. He is unlikely to do time in any case, though you’ll hear uninformed pundits on the MSM bellow about maximum penalties in hopes of creating the illusion of parity between the Hunter and Trump convictions. See, there’s a felon in each family, the system is fair!

    The problem is that misdirection thing.

    No court is set to look at what Hunter did to amass his millions while a crack addict, and no court is set to look at the slimy connections between Hunter’s made-and-spent fortune and his dad, the once vice president and now president of the United States. A reasonable jury might conclude Hunter made his money off peddling influence to daddy, and that daddy at the very least passively played along, and thus a court of public opinion might wonder if that leaves Joe Biden unqualified to be president (if he ever was…)

    The story, if ever told in a court or elsewhere, will get ugly quickly as they say — one can sketch in the outlines even now. Hunter, desperately addicted to drugs and sex following his brother Beau’s death, to the point where he had a scummy affair with his dead brother’s widow, needed money badly. The world responded with a whisper in his fevered ear that Hunter could set up some consulting companies and create the appearance of selling access to his father, then vice president. A grieving dad, watching his last son fall into the pit of crack addiction, tries to humor the venture along until that gets too real over some shenanigans in the Ukraine and a looming China deal (“10 percent for the big guy,” read one email.) Dad pulls the plug on his end of the caper, but Hunter keeps selling, finding foreign yokels willing to pay for the illusion of access. Along the way he taints not only Joe but his uncle Jim Biden as well. Fueled by his addiction, Hunter never stops until finally things collapse completely and he is stopped.

    As you the voter, the real jury, consider the evidence, remember a few things. Joe Biden said of Hunter, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” And during a debate with Donald Trump, Joe Biden dismissed his son’s laptop emails as disinformation from Russia. After becoming president, Joe said his son Hunter was innocent, even after Hunter pleaded guilty to tax evasion. None of that is true. Misdirection.

    This sordid story has credibility now in that in the course of the Hunter gun trial the contents of his laptop were validated by the FBI as real. The FBI of course knew for some time the laptop was real, and we explained here why a thoughtful outside observer would come to the same conclusion even without the FBI’s forensics. Hunter’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski confirmed his emails were legitimate months before the FBI. The New York Times agreed, reporting on an FBI criminal investigation into Hunter’s business and tax activities based in part on the contents of the laptop.

    Here’s what Hunter’s laptop revealed in our reading of its contents as made available to TAC and elsewhere. Hunter, with no previous experience in the energy field, joined the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma at a salary of $83,000 a month. What was his actual job at Burisma? The question is important because on April 16, 2014, while Joe was vice president, he met with Hunter’s business partner, Devon Archer, at the White House. Five days later, Joe travelled to Ukraine to lobby for increased fracking. Burisma was one of the few companies licensed to frack in Ukraine. Burisma made hundreds of millions of dollars from Ukraine’s new policy. Burisma eventually paid more than $4,000,000 for Hunter’s and Archer’s board service.

    While Hunter and Archer were serving on Burisma’s board, Ukraine’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was investigating Burisma and its owner. In his official position as vice president, Biden demanded Ukraine fire Shokin, and threatened to withdraw one billion dollars in U.S. military aid if it did not do so. Shokin was fired.

    While serving on the Burisma board, Hunter and Archer sought meetings with senior State Department officials, including SecState John Kerry (Christopher Heinz, John Kerry’s son, is part of one of Hunter’s front companies) and then-Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Blinken coordinated the 51 intel officers’ letter that claimed Hunter’s laptop was likely Russian disinformation.) What did they all discuss? The reason to ask that question is because it appears whatever Hunter’s job description, his value to Burisma was perceived access to the Executive Branch. Joe was at least a passive participant in the scheme, maybe more than that. The most charitable reading of the sleazy saga is that Joe Biden, one of the most powerful men in the world, is a gullible idiot. At least that sounds better than “co-conspirator.”

    The laptop goes on to show Hunter, through a number of front companies, accepted money from foreign firms and moved that money to the U.S. where it was parceled out to other entities, including Joe’s brother Jim (Jim regularly invoiced Hunter for office expenses and employee costs, as well as a monthly retainer cost of some $68,000, plus other fees in the tens of thousands of dollars for unknown services.) It all smells bad — multi-million dollar transfers to LLCs without employees, residences used as business addresses, legal tricks shifting cash from Cyprus to the British Virgin Islands. Can Hunter explain why his fees traveled such circuitous routes? What did he pay Uncle Jim for, and why did Jim appear to return/kickback some of the money paid him?

    What is this money all about? in 2014, Hunter received $3.5 million from Elena Baturina, the richest woman in Russia and the widow of Yury Luzhkov, the former mayor of Moscow. Baturina became Russia’s only female billionaire when her company received a series of Moscow municipal contracts while her husband was mayor.

    The majority of the contents of Hunter’s laptop are a jumbled record of international business ventures. Outstanding in the haystack are a large number of wire transfers to and from clients. Those with traceable addresses appear to be mostly anonymous shell companies run out of lawyers’ offices, with no employees, and fuzzy public paper trails. A typical one involved $259,845 traveling on April 2, 2018 from Hudson West III in New York to a numbered account held by Cathay Bank in Asia. Hudson West was created by Hunter Biden’s own law firm, Owasco, with several Chinese nationals, including a Ye Jianming associate. Ye Jianming is chairman of CEFC China Energy, who reportedly had close ties to both the Chinese government and the PLA. He’s was arrested in China on corruption charges and has essentially been disappeared.

    A 2017 email chain involving Hunter brokering an ultimately failed deal for a new venture with old friend CEFC, the Chinese energy company, described a 10 percent set-aside for the “big guy,” whom former Hunter Biden partner Tony Bobulinski publicly identified as Joe Biden. Joe also took Hunter to China with him in December 2013 on Air Force 2, and met with Chinese leaders while Hunter tried to make deals on his own.

    There is a lot more but you get the picture. A lot of appearance of malarkey from a senior statesman like Joe who should have known better. In places like China and the Ukraine, where corruption is endemic, it is assumed the sons of powerful men have political access to their father. Hunter traded on those assumptions for millions of dollars, and Papa Joe stood by understanding what was happening. Every father wants to help his son, and we can imagine Hunter went to his dad time after time, pleading for just one more little favor to get past his sordid past. You know, for Beau.

    The emails are a multi-pronged series of pointers which deserve the scrutiny of a courtroom to see if there is a smoking gun. To dismiss them because they may be incomplete is to fail to understand the difference between evidence and conclusion. Let’s hope we learn the lesson before November 5.

    Related Articles:




    Copyright © 2020. All rights reserved. The views expressed here are solely those of the author(s) in their private capacity.

  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...

      1

      Misdirection. See Jared Kushner.

      06/27/24 7:57 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      2

      Speaking of misdirection, how many minutes will pass at the debate tonight before Diapers lies? Of course his answers – lies won’t matter as much as the questions. The biggest question is the next January 6 when Diaper’s freedom will be on the line. So here goes, Jake:

      Trump, You’ve praised the Jan. 6 protesters who were convicted, calling them “patriots” and “hostages.” You haven’t said much about the 140 police officers who were wounded that day, the officer who was killed or the four others who died by suicide in the months after the assault on the Capitol. Do you regret anything about Jan. 6 — besides Congress certifying your loss in the election?

      06/27/24 9:57 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      3

      The good news is Senile Joe debate flop is helping US forget all about Hunter Biden.

      06/28/24 12:16 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      4

      CNN: “Trump made 35 false claims in the debate.”
      Trump: “It’s not a false claim if millions want to believe it to be true.”

      06/28/24 12:27 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      5

      The NYTimes lauded motto of: “ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO PRINT” should be: All the sponsored content we can charge for to fit on the page.

      06/29/24 8:03 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      6

      JP,

      False claims often have some truth. Interesting that Diapers is now reportedly afraid Senile Biden may drop out of the race and replaced at the convention by Newsom. He repeatedly claimed Senile Biden was too old to serve another Four Years, but now he is silent.

      While Peter panders to his senile audience at AmCon on Hunter Biden, he needs to address the old age issue. It is time to change the age limits for Presidense. The 35 year old requirement needs to be reduced to 21. There has to be a 75 year old limit.

      There can be no debate. The country can’t be run by senile people or pathological liars.

      06/29/24 2:42 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      7

      Bauer- if they change horses midstream the average voter will conclude that the primaries are a sham because the insiders can switch candidates at their whim.

      06/29/24 9:35 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      8

      JP,

      The NYT has printed trash for cash(see Judy Miller Iraq) but often finds time to print the truth:

      The New York Times Editorial Board is calling on President Joe Biden to leave the race for the White House after his performance at CNN’s presidential debate.

      “The president appeared on Thursday night as the shadow of a great public servant. He struggled to explain what he would accomplish in a second term. He struggled to respond to Mr. Trump’s provocations. He struggled to hold Mr. Trump accountable for his lies, his failures and his chilling plans. More than once, he struggled to make it to the end of a sentence,” the board wrote in an opinion piece published Friday.

      “The greatest public service Mr. Biden can now perform is to announce that he will not continue to run for re-election. As it stands, the president is engaged in a reckless gamble. There are Democratic leaders better equipped to present clear, compelling and energetic alternatives to a second Trump presidency. There is no reason for the party to risk the stability and security of the country by forcing voters to choose between Mr. Trump’s deficiencies and those of Mr. Biden. It’s too big a bet to simply hope Americans will overlook or discount Mr. Biden’s age and infirmity that they see with their own eyes,” the Times also said.

      06/29/24 9:36 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      9

      Regarding Biden

      Unless you are stuck in the Biden Cult, you cannot deny that Senile Joe is well past his primetime. While it is understandable sycophants on the Biden payroll will never give up the ghost lest they lose their careers, the rest of us need to have an intervention with Senile Joe. Joe must go. If we are to call out the Trump Cult for following a pathological liar, Dems should prove they not a cult, and accept their guy has no business in the most important position in the world.

      Joe may want to go, but his handlers won’t let him. As Trump’s handlers have proven, when it is a choice of either their career or the country, we are screwed.

      06/30/24 8:10 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      10

      Bauer: I differ with you. I don’t think Biden wants to quit or plans to drop out even at the convention. He seems a stubborn and conceited type. It would be ironical if the Democrats had to use the 25th to force him out. What a mess that would be with Trump hopefully laughing himself into a stroke.

      06/30/24 10:32 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      11

      Debate? What debate?

      As predicted, the Biden Cult has already moved on from the Senile Joe fiasco, gaslighting the media that it was just a blip on a stellar campaign. But we the people think otherwise:

      A majority of voters don’t believe that Biden should run for reelection after the president tanked Thursday’s debate, according to a new CBS News/YouGov poll released Sunday.The survey, taken on June 28-29, shows that 72% of respondents who are registered voters do not think that Biden has the mental and cognitive health to serve as president.

      Think about that. When did 72% of Americans agree on anything?

      06/30/24 1:03 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      12

      The Biden family are now holed up at Camp David watching THE STRANGE CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON movie hoping it is not just fanciful malarky. Hunter, the smartest man in the room who might need a pardon, is encouraging the big guy to stay in the fight. It is all so tragically pathetic that many are averting their eyes and ears.
      I blame it all on Obama. He jumped the line in 2008 and the blowback is still with us. He offered a faux atonement with Hillary in 2016 and is now about to give us Trump’s second term because of that rejection of a much younger Biden for 2016. Thanks Barack!

      06/30/24 9:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      13

      The Biden family says Senile Joe must stay in the race…for the sake of the country. SURPRISE! Well, you can knock me over with a feather. If these selfish pricks gave a damn about anything other than holding onto power, Senile Joe would already be living in a facility for the memory impaired.

      06/30/24 9:59 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      14

      A plague on both their cults

      The Biden Cult is frantically morphing the debate whether Senile Joe should drop out of the 2024 race to resisting calls for him to resign the Presidense. Following the Trump Cult playbook, it is a MISDIRECTION by the Biden cult to sabotage an effort to get a new candidate at the convention. Fear works for Fox. Watch MSNBC and the Biden Social Media pound this FEAR into the minds of Dem voters.

      07/1/24 7:10 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      15

      JP,

      The movie you and the Biden cult should be watching is “Being There” or in Senile Joe’s case, “Not Being There.” Biden is Chance the Gardener, a morally qualified candidate but lacking in the ability to think in complete sentences.

      Here is the dilemma for voters come November: vote for a candidate who is obviously morally unfit or one who is mentally unfit.

      07/1/24 7:48 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      16

      Speaking of MISDIRECTION, what is Diapers trying to do by pushing permanent residence for foreigners who are US college grads? Is there some crisis in college enrollment and this is a plan to boost foreign students? (Spoiler alert: Diapers is selling out MAGA for the elite Silicon Valley donors who want hi-tech workers for cheap wages. The guy always said he was in it for the money. Diapers gets their green for the green card giveaway.

      MAGA AMERICA FIRST and the Great White Replacement FEAR would be antithetically opposed to it. After MAGA pushback, Diapers insisted these students would be vetted and no leftists would be granted a green card. Right.

      If MAGA is as stupid as it has demonstrated, it will fall for another of his lies, which financially benefit him at their expense. In DIAPERS’ WORLD MONEY ALWAYS COMES FIRST.

      07/1/24 9:06 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      17

      MissileDirection

      Sammy Insurrectionist has gone into hiding these past few days. Many people say he fears Senile Joe has targeted his upside-down flag house in the event the Men in Black give him the OK for immunity as Presidense. Senile Joe THEN declares Sammy an enemy of state, a national security threat and POOF.

      As for the rest of the insurrectionists, watch the skies.

      07/1/24 9:52 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      18

      Now that the Trumpist Suprememess has given Biden immunity for Core official acts, how long before Insurrectionist Bannon gets Epstein-ed? The guy has threatened to overturn the next election. It is certainly a Core official act to prevent an insurrection. The guy should have accepted his sentence before it became a death sentence.

      07/1/24 11:55 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      19

      Oh Boy, now the endgame

      After the Trumpist Suprememess has given Biden immunity for Core official acts, how long before Insurrectionist Bannon gets Epstein-ed? The guy has threatened to overturn the next election. It is certainly a Core official act to prevent an insurrection. The guy should have accepted his sentence before it became a death sentence.

      07/1/24 11:57 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      20

      Misdirection: The Trumpist Suprememess just gave the Dems another gift to get out the vote with its Immunity get-out-of jail decision. Not content to energize women to vote Dem for its Dobbs decision, by giving little dick tator Trump immunity will get some indifferent voters like Liberterians the freedom to vote No.

      I swear neither party wants the White House.

      07/1/24 12:26 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      21

      Misdirection to ignore the corrupt pardon power of the Presidense

      While legal experts pout over the immunity decision of the Trump Men in Black, it ignores the Presidense pardon loophole that has been exploited for years.

      Item: You can’t even use evidence of the way the president’s core powers have been used,” Larry Tribe said of the ideals. “So, if, for example, a bribe is offered for the president to exercise a core power like a pardon, you might be able to show that money passed hands, but you can’t introduce evidence of that, of the pardon that ultimately resulted, because that is one of the president’s core powers. “It makes no sense.”

      Actually, it does, as it has been used flagrantly. The pardon power provides a way for corrupt presidenses to have a nice reward post political life. And good luck ever proving it happened.

      Or maybe get rid of it, if it keeps you awake at night. Pardon me.

      07/1/24 2:54 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      22

      Misdirection Dems: oh look, Squirrel

      The Dems are overjoyed the Men In Black Immunity decision took the focus off their senile guy. DEMS PLAY THE FEAR CARD. Cant blame them as FEAR is the only card the RepugsFox News have.

      Fearing another debate fiasco, the Dems are threatening to nominate their SENILE OLD GUY before the convention and then come up with an excuse to cancel the next debate. Of course, this would give the election to the Repugs.

      72% want the senile old guy to serve his time in an old folks home.

      At least America now realizes the Dems have a cult of their own and freedumb of choice is an illusion.

      07/2/24 10:41 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      23

      Speaking of misdirection, the lack of attention by various social media to the fact DIAPERS is a morally unfit candidate questions their own moral fitness. If they had any morals, they would just say “we are only in it for the money.” Hunter admitted it.

      07/2/24 10:53 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      24

      Biden: After the Trump Supreme Court ruled the Presidense has immunity for core official actions, I could shoot Trump at the next debate and not lose any voters. Think of the ratings. Would be killer. Where was I….

      07/2/24 10:57 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      25

      Misdirection: get your story straight

      Senile Joe says he feels fine and blamed his debate fiasco on jet lag.

      His staff blamed his poor performance on a cold.

      Later Senile Joe admitted he “almost fell asleep at the podium.”

      Hunter who?

      07/2/24 8:18 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      26

      This country is screwed. One candidate could not stay awake at his trial. The other candidate could not stay awake at a debate.

      07/2/24 8:25 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      27

      WRONG DIRECTION

      Post Suprememess Presidense immunity decision, at Biden rallies the USAUSaUSA chant has been replaced with SEALTEAMSIX.

      07/3/24 10:36 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      28

      It might be time for Dr. Jill to step down. Can we all agree upon that conclusion (excluding misguided feminists).

      07/3/24 12:21 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      29

      Senile Joe is pulling an old Ruth Ginsburg. He ain’t leavin

      As they say, There is no fool like an old fool.

      07/3/24 3:18 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      30

      Senile Biden needs directions out of town

      Old senile Biden said today he will not drop out of the race. The good news is he will forget he said it tomorrow.

      07/3/24 5:45 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      31

      The direction is down..for the senile guy

      WSJ poll found that 80% of voters think Biden, 81, is too old to run for a second term. Trump is 78. The 81 Age is just a number and also is Biden’s IQ.

      Neither men have high favorability among voters, according to this poll, which found that 47% would replace both men on the ballot if they could, and 53% say they aren’t enthusiastic about any of the candidates.

      07/3/24 5:54 PM | Comment Link

    Leave A Comment

    Mail (will not be published) (required)