Several relatives of former Vice President Joe Biden may have used the political influence of their position to engage in business for which they had neither the skills nor the experience, complained Peter Schweizer, the investigative journalist and author of the bestseller “Profiles in Corruption: The Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite.”
“We follow the money. We follow the paper trail. So there’s no anonymous sources, and what we simply show you is who’s getting money, when, how, and in what context are they getting that money,” Schweizer said Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Breitbart News Daily, referring to his latest book.
“In the case of Joe Biden, for example, we show you how five of his family members cashed in while he was vice president, who was paying them, what they were being paid for, the lack of any skill or background they had in that field, the fact that they were scoring these sweetheart deals, they didn’t get them before he was vice president, they didn’t get them after he was vice president, and the policy positions that Joe Biden took at the time that his family members were getting paid,” Schweizer said.
Schweizer specified that for his new work, a team of 12 people gathered financial, judicial, and even criminal information in seven different countries. This is “something that very few people are doing these days because of the cost, because of the time, and the level of detail that’s involved,” he said, noting that many of the elite journalists today do not investigate or report on the Democrats’ business. “The media is not interested in researching these people,” he added.
“It’s just this morass, this huge cloud of money and deals swirling around Joe Biden, and the fact the he was vice president for eight years—and none of this was ever reported—to me, is just shocking, because it’s blatant,” he said.
An unprecedented case: ‘The Biden 5’
“Having done this for a long time, having researched and investigated Republicans and Democrats, I have not found a case where you actually have five members of a family who cashed in at the same time,” Schweizer said. “That’s kind of unprecedented.”
He went on to say that new evidence was available about Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, who joined the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy company without any prior knowledge of the field. “We certainly have new material on Hunter [Biden] in the book, including the fact that he had a joint-venture business setup that got $3 million in our taxpayer money in the form of a grant,” he said.
Similarly, a friend of the Biden family, Kevin Justice, named Joe Biden’s brother, James, executive vice president of a construction company called HillStone International, which he created after visiting the then-vice president’s office in November 2010. “James Biden has no experience in construction,” Schweizer said, adding that shortly afterward the company signed a contract with the government to build 100,000 homes in Iraq.
Another brother of Joe Biden, Frank, “who has no background in energy [and] no background in major real estate development projects—starts getting all these deals, meetings, photos, letters, [and] support from the Costa Rican government for these projects” in the Obama era.
Joe Biden also scheduled his son-in-law, a guy named Howark Kerin—married to his daughter Ashley—to meet with then-President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, and begins to give his family visibility as the medical director of a newly founded company called StartUp Health. Kerin began getting invited to major government conferences on health policy.
We also “discovered this other company that [Hunter Biden] set up with his business partner Devon Archer called the Burnham Financial Group,” Schweizer said. “The Burnham Financial group became embroiled in this scandal whereby Hunter Biden’s business partner was accused and charged with trying to defraud an Indian tribe—the Oglala Sioux Indian tribe, which is the poorest Indian tribe in the United States—and as a result of that court case, all these financial records came out involving Burnham Financial Group [and] involving Hunter Biden, and [what] you find in those documents [are] claims and statements that they have financial deals with Kazakh officials.”
“We know the Kazakhs transferred money into a bank account that Hunter Biden had access to and drew money from. We also know that, in these corporate records, they say they have a $200 million deal with a Russian oligarch named Yelena Baturina. Yelena Baturina is interesting, because if you spend five minutes on Google, you’ll find that she is widely believed to be tied to Russian organized crime,” Schweizer added.
Schweizer also pointed out the possible conflict of interest of the businesses run by Biden’s son Hunter in China, which would not be due to his merits. “One of those seems to be tied to Chinese government officials. This is just further evidence that he’s doing major deals with the Chinese while his father was point person on China policy.”
Schweizer compared the Biden family to other successful businessmen such as Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Michael Bloomberg. “What you have in the Bidens is kind of the opposite. They actually start businesses once Joe becomes vice president, businesses that they have no background in,” he said, adding that Joe Biden’s sister, Valerie, diverted $2.5 million of presidential campaign funds she ran to her own company.