By Derek Hunter | Townhall.com
Photo: Eric Swalwell - Source: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
Low-hanging fruit. When enemies of our country look to infiltrate and/or compromise someone to their side, that’s exactly what they reach for. No point in going to the top -- the likelihood of getting to them, let alone turning them, is minimal. But the easy targets, the ambitious or troubled, far enough away from the goal so as to not be noticed, but possibly on their way, are ripe for the pickings. Those wishing this country ill need only an opportunity. With the same goals, only different tactics, the Chinese Communists went fishing for and caught Eric Swalwell and Hunter Biden.
Honestly, is anyone surprised that the Communist Chinese would seek and find welcoming arms in the Democratic Party? Infiltrating the Republican Party would require the ability to pass off as someone who loves the country. Even the best of actors can’t stay in character forever. A better approach to gain access to a nation’s secrets is to find kindred spirits in the most like-minded political movement you can. In the case of the Chinese Communist Party, Democrats were the obvious and easy choice.
Not only are CCP agents unburdened by the need to pretend to like the country, but any vitriol they naturally displayed would also pale in comparison to the homegrown variety of their fellow travelers.
To get to a position of usefulness, the CCP knew the DNC was their path. But no path to information leads directly to the top, so they wisely cultivated people on the periphery who might, one day, find themselves in a useful place.
With Swalwell, then a dimwitted ambitious nobody city council member in California, the play was easy – the honey trap. He’s clearly in love with himself, so an attractive young college student becoming enamored with him was perfectly normal to him. “Get in line,” he likely thought.
What’s weird about Swalwell’s case is the thought never occurred to him, as he rose to national office, how it was that a college-aged woman who’s been in the country only a short time, a Chinese national, could have the contacts to fundraise for his Congressional campaign. Even if she claimed she “knew” a couple of people before coming to the United States, it seems odd she’d be able to bundle money or become a player in the cash game.
The CCP knew what they were doing, having their spy Fang Fang join multiple identity politics groups based on her ethnicity. That’s who the Democrats are, and they never questioned any of her moves because of it. Swalwell was one of the likely dozens of Democrats who fell for the act because of race and being bedded. He also happened to be the lowest of the low hanging fruit.
With Hunter Biden, having grown up the son of a Senator and a lifetime of capitalizing on that fact, the honeypot gambit wouldn’t work. A history of drug abuse and, considering he left his wife for his brother’s widow and cheated on her, likely means he’s been bedding other women with regularity his whole life. His actions imply each was meaningless; something he was entitled to. Whereas Swalwell probably spent most of his life’s nighttimes alone to that point, Hunter hadn’t. A different tactic was needed to reach the same objective.
Money makes the Biden world go ‘round.
Interested parties couldn’t bribe Joe Biden directly, too risky. Hunter served as his proxy. From Amtrak to the bank MBNA, Hunter had jobs for which he was unqualified thrown at him, for salaries greater than mere mortals could obtain while asking for nothing in return.
Not content with barely-show jobs and a nice living, Hunter set out to cash in even more, especially overseas where the prying eyes of the already disinterested American media weren’t likely to accidentally stumble across anything criminal. Ukraine, Russia, and China were fertile ground.
Getting more than a billion dollars to “invest” from the Chinese government sounds like a lot of money, and it is to individuals, as are the millions in “commissions” Hunter made. But it’s a drop in the bucket compared to China’s economy. The world knew Joe Biden was likely to run for president again one day, letting his son play with a billion and a half dollars to curry favor with the “big guy” on the off chance he did was a tiny risk to take.
People are always amazed when they hear a story of lobbyists being paid $25,000-$50,000 or more per month because that’s a lot of money. But if you could spend $10 million to get a government contract worth $10 billion, who wouldn’t? If China had to spend the commissions on $1.5 billion, or even lose the whole investment, to gain access to and influence over the son of the president of the United States, how much is that worth? The world’s largest economy and the world’s second means there are trillions of dollars at stake, in addition to the national security implications.
Given Hunter’s degenerate history and personal problems, dangling a few bucks in his face was the easy play. And it appears to have paid off. Even with the current probe of Hunter’s potentially criminal activity, the CCP likely has more information on him, information that might be able to put him away for life, information regarding their dealings that our government simply can’t access. That’s a lot of leverage.
It’s easy to rent influence over people in politics and just about any campaign donor can get their concerns addressed to one degree or another. But most people have basic needs and tend to want the government to get out of their way or to score valuable contracts. The CCP wants more, much more. And they’ve found a welcoming home in their like-minded brethren in the Democratic Party.
Eric Swalwell and Hunter Biden served different purposes and required different tactics, but both serve the same ultimate goal. These low-hanging fruits are the ones we know about. Given how easily they were picked, it makes you wonder how many others are out there…
Derek Hunter is the host of a free daily podcast (subscribe!), host of a daily radio show on WCBM in Maryland, and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the masses. Follow him on Twitter at @DerekAHunter
Hunter Biden under federal investigation over taxes
By Jeff Mordock | The Washington Times
Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, is shown in this undated file photo. (Associated Press/File)
Hunter Biden, the son of presumed President-elect Joseph R. Biden, said Wednesday that the U.S. attorney in Delaware is investigating his taxes.
In a statement released by his father’s transition team, the younger Mr. Biden said federal prosecutors in Delaware have contacted his attorney, but did not offer any more details.
“I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors,” the statement read.
In a separate statement, the Biden-Harris transition team offered support and cast him as a victim, but did not attack this specific case as illegitimate.
“President-elect Biden is deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger,” they said.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney in Delaware declined to comment.
Federal tax investigations usually include the IRS Criminal Division and the FBI, although it is not known whether either are involved in the Biden probe. Neither agency responded to requests for comment.
The investigation began in 2018, before Attorney General William P. Barr took over the Justice Department, according to CNN.
That same report said the probe concerns the younger Mr. Biden’s foreign dealings, principally in China, and related counter-intelligence worries.
Although it is not officially known why he is under investigation, his business dealings have raised questions from Republicans.
Allegations of money laundering, shady business dealings in China and other countries, as well as other financial improprieties by Hunter Biden constantly dogged his father’s campaign.
Yet none of the accusations or shady dealings have resulted in criminal charges or, until now, have been officially known to have resulted in an investigation.
Rep. Ken Buck, Colorado Republican, earlier this week asked Attorney General William P. Barr to appoint a special counsel to investigate Mr. Biden’s role on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, despite having no experience in the field, when his father was vice president and handling U.S. relations with Ukraine.
Mr. Buck said the FBI is in possession of emails on a hard drive that are “potentially incriminating.”
That hard drive exists on a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, which was brought to the news media by President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani.
FBI agents took possession of the laptop in 2019, according to a computer repair technician in Delaware who has a copy of the subpoena.
Despite the attention created by the laptop, it is unclear whether its contents are part of the investigation by Delaware prosecutors.
In October, Sinclair Broadcasting reported that the FBI had opened a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden. At the time, the Biden campaign ignored the report.
Two Senate Republicans last month released a report showing that Hunter Biden had close financial ties to a Chinese tycoon linked to that country’s ruling Communist Party.
Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa and Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson said the ties “create counterintelligence and extortion concerns,” as the elder Mr. Biden becomes president next month.
The report, based on newly uncovered documents, shows suspicious wire transfers from Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs to Mr. Biden in 2014, while his father was vice president. Documents turned over by a former business associate Tony Bobulinksi were also part of the part.
News of the investigation creates a challenge for the incoming Biden Justice Department. It raises potential conflict of interest questions as federal prosecutors continue to probe the case.
Michael Ahrens, communications director for the Republican National Committee, noted that David Weiss, the U.S. Attorney for Delaware, was recommended for the position by the state’s two Democratic senators.
“It’s going to be hard to attack this Hunter Biden investigation as partisan when it’s being run by a U.S. Attorney who was highly recommended by Delaware’s two Dem senators and later confirmed by voice vote,” he wrote on Twitter.
Delaware Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, both Democrats, praised Mr. Weiss after his nomination. Mr. Carper called him an “excellent choice for U.S. Attorney” while Mr. Coons praised him as an “excellent nominee.”
The elder Mr. Biden said this week his son’s business dealings won’t create a conflict of interest.
“My son [and] my family will not be involved in any business, any enterprise that is in conflict with or appears to be a conflict whether the appropriate distance from the presidency and government,” Mr. Biden said in an interview with CNN.
Dave Boyer contributed to this report.
Hunter Biden subpoena seeks info on Burisma, other entities
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (December 12, 2020) — A subpoena seeking documents from Hunter Biden asked for information related to more than two dozen entities, including Ukraine gas company Burisma, according to a person familiar with a Justice Department tax investigation of Joe Biden’s son.
The breadth of the subpoena, issued Tuesday, underscores the wide-angle lens prosecutors are taking as they examine the younger Biden’s finances and international business ventures.
It’s unclear whether Hunter Biden’s work at the Ukrainian company is a central part of the federal investigation or whether prosecutors are simply seeking information about all his sources of income in recent years.
The person was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
A lawyer for the younger Biden, George Mesires, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment for this story and a spokesman for the Biden transition team declined to comment.
Hunter Biden confirmed Wednesday that his taxes are under federal investigation.
In addition to the Burisma-related request, the subpoena issued last week also seeks information on Hunter Biden’s Chinese business dealings and other financial transactions.
The probe was launched in 2018, the year before his father announced his candidacy for president. At one point in the investigation, federal prosecutors were also examining potential money laundering offenses, two people familiar with the matter told the AP.
Hunter Biden said he only learned of the investigation on Tuesday.
The younger Biden joined the board of Burisma in 2014, around the time his father, then vice president, was helping conduct the Obama administration’s foreign policy with Ukraine. President Donald Trump and his allies have long argued that Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine influenced the Obama administration’s policies toward the Eastern European nation.
For months, the U.S. attorney’s office in Pittsburgh has also been collecting information from Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and others as part of the Justice Department’s process to receive and analyze information related to Ukraine, including documents Giuliani wanted to present to prosecutors that he had been gathering in Ukraine about Joe and Hunter Biden.
Media Does Damage Control on Their Refusal to Cover Hunter Biden Before the Election
By Katie Pavlich | Townhall.Com
Yesterday the Department of Justice officially revealed Hunter Biden is under investigation.
In October, it became clear Biden may have been involved in money laundering and illegal foreign dealings with hostile governments, including China. It's all on his laptop, which he failed to pickup from a local repair shop in Delaware. The owner of the shop turned it over to the FBI after becoming concerned it could contain information about crimes.
Despite a computer hard drive, emails, texts, photos and a lack of denial from the Biden family, so-called newsrooms across the country ignored it and called it a "non-story."
In fact, Twitter aggressively censored a damning New York Post story about the details of Biden's laptop and dismantled accounts of individuals who dared to share it. The New York Post Twitter page was blocked for weeks as Twitter executives demanded the story be taken down. The New York Post, America's oldest newspaper, refused to do so and the details of their story were true. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted during recent testimony on Capitol Hill that he has no proof the story isn't legitimate.
In fact, former Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski came out publicly to explain how Biden, and his father Joe Biden, operated. He also revealed he was working with the FBI and a number of Senators on Capitol Hill.
"I'm making this statement to set the record straight about the involvement of the Biden family. Vice President Biden, his brother Jim Biden and his son Hunter Biden in dealings with the Chinese. I've heard Joe Biden say that he's never discussed business with Hunter. That is false. I have first-hand knowledge of this because I directly dealt with the Biden family, including Joe Biden," Bobulinksi said on October 22, 2020, adding he was warned about coming forward. "The evidence sits on these three phones. I don't want to go into anything further. This will be discussed with Senator Johnson and his committee and the American people can decide what's fact."
Now, news outlets who deliberately refused to touch the story before the 2020 presidential election in order to protect Joe Biden, are finding new excuses for their dereliction of duty.
"Went largely unnoticed" is code for: Ignored and purposely censored. The evidence has been everywhere for months, even years.