Suspicion and scandal continue to accumulate around former vice president and Democratic candidate for the 2020 elections, Joe Biden, and his youngest son, Hunter Biden, NBC reported.
Reports released last week refer to two other possible corruption cases that point to the hypothetical influence exerted by former senior Democratic official in the controversial business of his son, Hunter Biden, when he was part of the Obama administration.
Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, expelled from the U.S. Navy in 2013 for his addiction to cocaine, traveled to Romania during the last year of Obama’s term, where he met businessman Gabriel “Puiu” Popoviciu, a millionaire businessman who ended up being tried and found guilty of corruption.
The Romanian real estate tycoon received legal advice from Hunter Biden shortly before being found guilty, while the then Vice President Joe Biden, was pushing reforms to combat corruption in the country.
“Corruption is a cancer, a cancer that destroys a citizen’s faith in democracy,” he emphasized in 2014, two years after his eldest son, Beau Biden, was appointed to cut the ribbon at the new U.S. Embassy in the Romanian capital, Bucharest. “Corruption is just another form of tyranny,” he added.
What Hunter Biden was paid or what he was paid for
“We don’t know what [Hunter Biden] was paid or what he was paid for but it does raise questions of whether this Romanian individual,” who ended up being sentenced for corruption and real estate fraud to seven years in prison in August 2017—and who authorities captured in London after fleeing according to the European media Romania Insider – “was actually paying for a connection to the American vice president,” Kathleen Clark, a government ethics specialist and law professor at the University of Washington, told NBC.
It took more than a decade for justice to convict Popoviciu, after a Romanian University professor and a businessman sued him for buying 554 acres for “significantly less money than it was actually worth,” according to European Court of Human Rights documents cited by NBC. Popoviciu was also charged with another bribery charge during the course of the investigation.
In addition, the Washington Examiner recently described that then-Sen. Biden could have contacted, in a private capacity, two government departments with the intention of pressuring on issues for which the state paid the company of his son, Hunter Biden.
On Feb. 28, 2007, he contacted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to express concern about “the Department’s proposed chemical safety regulations,” according to the entity’s own records.
Joe Biden decided to make this move eight weeks after ” the Industrial Safety Training Council had hired Hunter Biden’s firm to lobby DHS on the issue” and try to avoid its requirement that “high-risk chemical plants to submit site safety plans to DHS for approval, including security credentialing and training for employees.”
“Sometimes appearances are exactly what they are”
“It’s implausible Sen. Biden did not know his son’s firm was lobbying on this arcane issue,” Tom Anderson, director of the National Center for Law and Policy, told the Washington Examiner.
“Sometimes appearances are exactly what they are,” he said. “This is a recurring problem we’ve seen on the Hill, where family members are enriched because of their relationship with a member,” he added.
On Jan. 31, 2007, Joe Biden approached the head of the Department of Justice to “discuss” an “expansion of the federal fingerprint background check system.”
At the same time, his son Hunter’s firm was lobbying with the “coalition of state-level criminal justice advocates called SEARCH” for the federal government to expand the “fingerprint detection system.
Dismissal of a prosecutor in Ukraine and links with China
The latest news came after Obama’s former vice president was criticized for his role in firing a prosecutor who was trying to investigate the Ukrainian energy company that had hired his son Hunter.
“In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin,” according to The Hill .
In addition, Joe and Hunter Biden were also accused of corruption for their links with China.
“In 2013, then Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Less than two weeks later, Hunter Biden’s firm inked a $1 billion private equity deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China,” the New York Post reported.
“The deal was later expanded to $1.5 billion. In short, the Chinese government funded a business that it co-owned along with the son of a sitting vice president,” Peter Schweizer determined in his research for the New York Post.
“The timing of this meeting was also notable. It occurred just hours before Hunter Biden’s father, the vice president, met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Washington as part of the Nuclear Security Summit,” Schweizer added.
“Twelve days after Hunter stepped off Air Force Two in Beijing, his company signed a historic deal with the Bank of China, the state-owned financial behemoth often used as a tool of the Chinese government,” he continued.
“The Bank of China had created a first-of-its-kind investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST (BHR). According to BHR, one of its founding partners was none other than Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC,” a company Biden helped open, he concluded.