Predictably, the big takeaway from Hunter Biden’s indictment by Dem media is that it is “far from helpful to the Republicans.”
“It never mentions President Biden, not even indirectly,” said the New York Times, “and provides no evidence linking the misdeeds of the son to the father.”
It’s as if they live in a cave without access to modern communications.
The reason the president has gone unmentioned after a five-year investigation into Hunter’s role in the family influence-peddling racket is that the DOJ, like most of the media, corruptly protected him.
As IRS whistleblowers Joseph Ziegler and Gary Shapley keep telling Congress, every investigative avenue that led to Joe Biden was blocked.
This is why those IRS investigators were forced to blow the whistle.
A few examples:
- The FBI FD 1023 alleging Joe was bribed $5 million by Ukraine was kept from investigators.
- Investigators were refused access to Hunter’s laptop that the FBI had been given in December 2019 by Delaware computer repairer John Paul Mac Isaac.
- A search warrant for a cottage on Joe’s Delaware estate was denied.
- A plan to search Hunter’s storage unit was leaked to his lawyers.
- Questions about the “big guy” were not allowed in interviews with witnesses.
- Interviews with Biden family members were banned.
- Joe’s presidential transition team was tipped off in December 2020 that Shapley and an FBI agent were in California to interview Hunter the next morning (and thus they never did).
- The statute of limitations was allowed to expire on the potentially most serious charges from 2014 and 2015, involving payments from Ukraine which could have ensnared Joe.
But the malfeasance extends far beyond the Hunter investigation in Delaware. Protecting Joe Biden is a longstanding whole-of-government enterprise.
Let’s look at IRS Special Agent Ziegler’s most recent update to Congress last week, for instance.
One intriguing reference was to Gal Luft, the fugitive former Israel Defense Forces colonel who, like Hunter Biden and his uncle Jim Biden, was in business with the China-controlled energy company CEFC.
In May, Luft skipped bail in Cyprus while awaiting extradition to the US on gun-running charges and, ironically enough, violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act over his work with CEFC, charges that magically have avoided Hunter and Jim.
Luft remains on the lam in an undisclosed location, claiming the charges against him are a political frame-up to protect the Bidens.
In any case, Ziegler last week confirmed the accuracy of the information Luft volunteered to the FBI in a March 2019 interview in Brussels about CEFC paying the Bidens in exchange for their FBI connections and use of the Biden name to promote China’s Belt and Road Initiative around the world.
“Information from this [Luft] interview was corroborated,” Ziegler testified. “In this interview, Luft recalled payments between Hunter Biden and CEFC, all of which were validated in evidence obtained throughout the investigation, even though his timing was slightly off.”
So the FBI knew all this in March 2019. And nine months later, it would take possession of Hunter’s laptop, which further corroborated what Luft had told them.
Luft’s interview at the American Embassy in Brussels was what is called a “proffer” or voluntary interview, although the word “proffer” has been redacted from every page of Luft’s “302” that was provided to Ziegler.
Luft claims his main purpose for going to Brussels was to warn the FBI that it had a mole in its ranks whom he considered to be a “national security concern” — but he says there was no follow-up.
This FBI mole, dubbed “One Eye” by the Chinese, had leaked classified information to Hunter from four sealed indictments in the Southern District of New York that named Hunter’s CEFC partners, Luft told prosecutors.
Hunter then tipped off CEFC. That section of Luft’s interview also has been redacted from the 302 provided to Congress by Ziegler.
Luft told the House impeachment inquiry this year that the tipoff to CEFC executives came on the same day that Hunter sent WhatsApp messages to CEFC’s Kevin Dong and Raymond Zhao in which he referred to a “highly confidential and time sensitive” matter and demanded immediate payment of millions of dollars, while claiming his father was in the room with him.
“I am sitting here with my father, and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled,” Hunter wrote to Zhao on July 30, 2017, in a WhatsApp message presented to Congress this year by the IRS whistleblowers.
“I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.”
The messages triggered a $5 million transfer from a CEFC-linked company in China to an account linked to Hunter.
Bank records obtained by the House Oversight Committee show that at least $40,000 of that $5 million was routed to Joe Biden’s personal account, via his brother Jim Biden, who recorded it as repayment of a “loan.”
What about Ho?
A few hours after Hunter sent his WhatsApp messages, CEFC executive Patrick Ho, who was staying in a hotel in Manhattan, received an urgent call from CEFC president Chan Chauto in Shanghai, who told him to “get out of the US and come back [to China] immediately,” according to Luft, who speaks regularly to Ho.
The next day, Ho flew to Shanghai, where he was told by CEFC chairman Ye Jianming that there was a sealed warrant for his arrest in New York and he should stay out of the US until “I make the problem go away.”
At the end of August 2017, CEFC’s Kevin Dong sent Ho a draft of an attorney agreement to retain Hunter Biden as his attorney for a fee of $1 million.
According to Ho, Hunter and Jim Biden mysteriously arrived in Hong Kong six weeks later, on Nov. 1, 2017, and said they wanted to meet him.
When Ho went to their hotel, the Grand Hyatt next door to CEFC’s offices in Wan Chai, Hunter asked him to provide them with two new iPhones. They then informed Ho that there was no warrant for his arrest in the US and he could safely return.
On November 17, 2017, Ho flew into JFK Airport and was promptly arrested.
The morning of Ho’s arrest, Hunter was having breakfast with chairman Ye at his penthouse apartment at 15 Central Park West, waiting for Ho to join them, according to Luft.
Ho’s relationship with the Bidens never was mentioned in his trial and, to this day, Ho has never been questioned about the identity of the FBI mole.
As with all things Biden, the incuriosity is chilling.