Jonathan Turley: Biden Family Corruption Is An Elephant The Media Strives To ‘Disappear’

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This week marked the anniversary of one of the greatest political tricks in history: the demise of the Hunter Biden scandals.

A year after the New York Post revealed the story, new emails were released recently adding new details to what was a gross influence peddling operation that brought in millions of dollars from foreign sources. A new slice of emails linking President Joe Biden to major accounts proves how worthy this political sleight of hand was for Harry Houdini.


After all, Houdini only wiped out an elephant. The Bidens have wiped out what amounts to an entire circus in front of an audience of millions. For Houdini and the Bidens, the size and daring of the act contributed to the trick. The point is, the 10,000-pound Jennie never left the scene. Neither does the Biden scandal.

The Bidens made a life-size scandal go away, with the help of members of the media who didn’t want the public to see it. Twitter banned linking to reports on the laptop until Biden was elected president. The media dismissed the story as a “conspiracy theory” with some mockery to boot.

The chairman of the committee, Adam Schiff, assured the public that “all this slander on Joe Biden is coming from the Kremlin”. About 50 former intelligence officials, including Obama’s CIA directors John Brennan and Leon Panetta, also insisted the laptop story was likely the work of Russian intelligence.

The laptop is, of course, now recognized as genuine, even by some of the early deniers. Hunter is still under criminal investigation for possible tax and money laundering offenses.

But the biggest “reveal” is the person called “the big guy” and “Celtic” in those emails: President Joe Biden.

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Recently published emails refer to payments to President Biden from his son Hunter’s accounts and indicate the possible mix of funds. Even more annoying, the shared account may have been used pay a Russian prostitute named “Yanna”. In one text, a former Secret Service agent warns Hunter (who was locked up with a prostitute in an expensive hotel): “Come on H, it’s tied to Celtic’s account.”

The question is whether prosecutors will continue to act as if they don’t see the elephant. Consider these established facts:

First, it is widely believed that Hunter Biden and his uncle James Biden received millions of dollars in influence peddling. For his part, Hunter only had influence and access to sell. He admits he was a crack addict and alcoholic until the start of his father’s presidential campaign: “Drinking a liter of vodka a day by yourself in a room is absolutely, completely debilitating,” as well as “smoking crack around. the clock.”

Second, President Biden continues to deny having been informed or involved in these foreign transactions. But these denials are now directly contradicted by emails and witnesses.

Hunter himself has contradicted his father’s repeated denials. Likewise, a key Hunter associate, Anthony Bobulinski, directly accused President Biden of lying about his involvement. Bobulinski detailed a meeting with Joe Biden in a hotel to review the negotiations.

Previous emails included discussions about the offer of access to then-vice president Biden. They also include alleged payments to Joe Biden. In an email, there is a discussion of a proposed dividing equity of “20” for “H” and “10 owned by H for the big guy?” Bobulinski confirmed that “H” was used for Hunter Biden and that his father was regularly referred to as “the big guy” in these discussions.

Third, while he was vice president, Joe Biden allowed Hunter to fly Air Force 2 in countries like China where he was looking for millions. He also met with Hunter’s foreign business associates. In 2015, a State Department official reported the possible conflicts of Hunter’s transactions during the Obama administration.

Fourth, new emails suggest a mix of funds between Hunter and his father. Emails from Eric Schwerin, his business partner at consulting firm Rosemont Seneca, refer to paying household bills for Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. He also notes that he was transferring money from Joe Biden. Rosemont Seneca is directly involved in the alleged influence peddling schemes and questionable money transfers from Chinese and Russian sources.


Finally, Hunter himself admitted that his missing computer files may have been stolen by foreign agents for the purposes of blackmail. Hunter’s emails claim that one of his laptops may have been stolen by Russian agents after a drug and alcohol frenzy with prostitutes.

In view of the ongoing criminal proceedings, this would appear to be a sufficient basis for the appointment of a special advocate. The president is mentioned repeatedly in emails and by witnesses in connection with influence peddling schemes – and even receiving funds from shared accounts. He also denied knowing that key witnesses are refuting, including his son.


Influence peddling is common in Washington, DC, and it can be practiced legally. Yet it has also been the subject of intense criminal investigations. For example, the FBI raided the home of Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others based on allegations of influence peddling in an ongoing criminal investigation. The Justice Department wants to know if Giuliani got any contracts in exchange for access or influence. The media have been enthusiastic about the raids and how Giuliani was able to take advantage of his access.

Yet an influence peddling scheme that has a direct impact on the president and his family continues to be officially invisible. Indeed, the interest of involving the media in the original trick is that it invests the journalists in the illusion. It’s like calling audience members on stage to help them out on the trick. Journalists must insist that there was nothing to see or they must admit that they are part of the deception.

This is why, in Washington, the illusion depends on the specific elephant. Houdini once said that “The question remains open… to what extent the exhibition really hurts an artist. The same question can be asked about a politician.

President Biden is full screen in these emails. The question is whether the public or prosecutors want to see it.


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