President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden claims in his memoir “Beautiful Things” releasing on April 6 that he never committed any wrongdoing “in our political environment” by taking a seat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.
“I did nothing unethical, and have never been charged with wrongdoing,” Biden writes. “In our current political environment, I don’t believe it would make any difference if I took that seat or not. I’d be attacked anyway. What I do believe, in this current climate, is that it wouldn’t matter what I did or didn’t do. The attacks weren’t intended for me. They were meant to wound my dad.”
Hunter, who is 51-years-old, is correct he has not been charged in regard to his role on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company, but it’s still curious why he was appointed with a salary of $50,000 per month during the Obama presidency despite having zero energy policy experience. In 2015, the former acting deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv contacted then-Vice President Joe Biden’s office to voice concerns over a conflict of interest with Hunter’s appointment. Joe Biden bribed President Petro Poroshenko to fire Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, threatening that the United States would otherwise take back $1 billion in loans.
According to a Senate report, “In addition to the over $4 million paid by Burisma for Hunter Biden’s and Archer’s board memberships, Hunter Biden, his family, and Archer received millions of dollars from foreign nationals with questionable backgrounds.” Hunter also received millions combined from the wife of the former mayor of Moscow, Chinese nationals linked to the Communist Party, investor Kenges Rakishev of Kazakhstan, and several other individuals.
Hunter is now the subject of an ongoing federal probe into his tax affairs. As first reported by Politico in December 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is investigating Hunter’s dealings in Delaware, in addition to a securities fraud inquiry in the Southern District of New York. Feds in the Western District of Pennsylvania are in the process of probing into Biden’s “hospital business,” which reportedly involved James Biden, Joe Biden’s brother.
As Politico reported last week, Hallie Biden, the widow of Beau Biden, disposed of Hunter’s .38 revolver in a trash bin behind a grocery store, which eventually led to the store manager calling the police. Secret Service agents reportedly went to the location of the gun store where Hunter purchased the firearm. The owner of the gun store, however, did not turn over the federal transaction forms the agents asked for because “he suspected that the Secret Service officers wanted to hide Hunter’s ownership of the missing gun in case it were to be involved in a crime.” As of yet, the Secret Service and White House have denied any involvement in the matter, but text messages allegedly sent from Hunter Biden admit Secret Service involvement.
Notably, Biden appears to have lied on the Firearms Transaction Record when he claimed he was not a user of illicit drugs. The president’s son was discharged from the Navy Reserve in June 2013 for cocaine usage, in addition to multiple stints in rehab and a story from late 2018 in which Hunter was suspected of smoking crack cocaine in a VIP room of a strip club he frequented. He purchased the firearm in October of 2018.
Hunter’s memoir focuses on his drug addiction struggles and is being published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the same publishing company that nuked Sen. Josh Hawley’s, R-Mo., book deal on Big Tech after the Capitol breach in January.
The Biden son claims in his memoir that if he could do the situation over again, he would not take the seat on Burisma. “Knowing all of that now: No, I would not do it again,” Biden wrote. “I wouldn’t take the seat on Burisma’s board.”
It is certainly unclear how Hunter can both deny any wrongdoing in Ukraine, and at the same time say he would not take the position if he could do it over again. The reasonable follow-up question to the Biden son is why?