Those close to President Biden fear his son’s deep-pocketed lawyer pal could cause problems in the White House – and remind voters of Hunter Biden’s controversial overseas business dealings, according to a new report.
The president’s allies are uncomfortable with Hollywood attorney Kevin Morris’ plan to mount an aggressive public defense of Hunter Biden, including questioning the story behind The Post’s October 2020 exclusive reveal of his infamous laptop, The The New York Times reported Tuesday.
They are also troubled by the loan of more than $2 million that Morris gave the first son to pay off his tax debts and finance his living expenses, as it potentially echoes the money he received while he sat on the board of a Ukrainian oligarch company and pursued deals. with a Chinese tycoon, the Times said.
Instead, Joe Biden supporters want his scandal-scarred son to stay out of the spotlight and resolve a federal grand jury investigation in Wilmington, Delaware, without trial if charges are brought, the official said. Times.
This investigation would focus on potential tax evasion, money laundering and violations of lobbying laws by Hunter Biden.
It was recently revealed that Morris has been working on a documentary about the life of Hunter Biden since he came under scrutiny for his business dealings, and he was accused on Tuesday of ‘spying’ on the filmmakers behind an independent film, “My Son Hunter”, which should offer an unflattering portrait of the Biden family.
Morris may use footage shot during the film set visit to Serbia in an attempt to undermine the film and the laptop, the Times said.
In November, The Post published a photo of Morris with a videographer who recorded the first son and his wife, Melissa Cohen, leaving an exhibition of Hunter Biden’s paintings at the Georges Berges Gallery in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood.
Morris is an art collector who owns some of Hunter Biden’s work, according to the Times, which cited two people familiar with his collection.
The White House has faced questions over potential influence peddling involving the sale of the first son’s artwork and says the Georges Berges Gallery has agreed to keep the identities of all Hunter Biden buyers secret. and the White House.
A source told The Times that Morris may have received his art from Hunter Biden as a gift.
Morris — who reportedly brokered deals worth nearly $1.5 billion for the makers of ‘South Park’ and was a producer on their Broadway musical ‘The Book of Mormon’ — met Hunter Biden during from a December 2019 fundraiser for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, the Times says.
The men became friends, with Morris, 58, developing what The Times described as an almost paternalistic affection for Hunter Biden, 52.
Morris, who has written two novels and a collection of short stories, reportedly helped Hunter Biden complete the memoir in which he detailed his crack and alcohol addictions, as well as his sordid affair with his brother’s widow.
He also donated $55,000 to super PACs who supported Joe Biden’s campaign and opposed former President Donald Trump’s re-election after meeting Hunter Biden, the Times said.
Neither Morris nor the White House immediately returned messages seeking comment.