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When Joe Biden Is Suddenly Creepy

Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:21 pm

When Joe Biden Is Suddenly Creepy

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Category: Politics
Published: April 3, 2019

Description: The Democrat-media complex has suddenly decided that Joe Biden has a creepiness problem. Why now? Why not when he was vice president for eight years? Does anyone remember the allegedly fierce White House press corps pelting the press secretary with questions, asking when then-President Obama would tell his understudy to stop putting his hands on women -- and little girls -- and putting his face uncomfortably close to theirs? There have been scads of photos of Biden pawing women, putting his arms around girls, kissing their necks, etc. Conservatives have mocked them for a long time. But liberals always suggested it was just "Biden being Biden."


Back in February 2015, the internet went viral with pictures and video footage of Biden at the swearing-in ceremony for Ash Carter as secretary of defense. He stood behind Carter's wife, Stephanie Carter, and placed his hands on her shoulders and his nose in her ear, whispering ... something. The optics were eerie, to say the least. But this was Uncle Joe, and it generated only a light gasp followed by giggles. NBC noted that The Washington Post called him "the world's most powerful close talker." ABC actually quoted The Daily Caller for a giggle: The new secretary of defense "Can't Even Defend His Wife From Joe Biden," the Caller headlined. They were also jokey at CNN, as John King mused, "I guess it all depends on your generation and your view of Joe Biden. But at one point, if you watch her eyes, she looks like she wishes she could say, 'Scotty, beam me up.'" This changed last Friday, when Lucy Flores, a 2014 Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of Nevada, recounted a tale of then-Vice President Biden grabbing her by the shoulders, and leaning in to smell her hair and kiss her on the head. Flores is a backer of Sen. Bernie Sanders. She testified: "I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. 'Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me? ... He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified ... He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn't process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused." Biden issued a statement in response: "I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once -- never -- did I believe I acted inappropriately." So what happened to turn the tables on Uncle Joe, who's now five years older, and presumably less menacing? The big change in the interim is the #MeToo movement, of course, where excesses have ruined what would otherwise be a noble demand for a return to chivalry. Biden's behavior in no way compares to the rapacious assaults of a Harvey Weinstein. There's no evidence of sexual harassment. It doesn't matter. To the radicals, perception's enough to justify a lynching. But it's not just the #MeToo overreach. Biden is leading in many polls, and that's a problem for the radicals who perceive that he's not leftist enough. He's not perceived to be as leftist as Sanders. He's not perceived to be as leftist as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It doesn't matter that he favors abortion on demand, or that he declared in 2012 that transgender discrimination is "the civil rights issue of our time." It doesn't matter that he's taken a far-left position on just about everything. He may rate a 99 percent on the left, but it is looking for 103 percent. The No. 1 "journalism" objective in 2020 is beating President Trump. They are clearly seeking to remove the biggest obstacle to an American socialist revolution. Democrats who don't march in lockstep may be yesterday's news.

Hey Joe, What Do Ya Know?

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Category: Politics
Published: April 26, 2019

Description: My Grandpa and I used to sing a chucklesome tune. He would start off saying, "Hey Joe, what do ya know?" to which I would reply, "I don't know nothin', tell me somethin'." Neither of us could sing very well, but we both found the jingle humorous. That little ditty also happens to describe what will have to be the cornerstone of former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign. In order for "Diamond Joe" to win in this far-left, progressive field of candidates, Joe will have to pretend that he didn't "know nothin'" about a variety of issues, behaviors, and public servants he endorsed in his more than 40 years of public service.


Even before former Vice President Biden hopped in the race, the "hands-on" politician issued an apology. Apparently, somebody had to inform him that pinching girls' hips and sniffing their hair without permission was inappropriate behavior for any man regardless of age. Still, Biden released a video saying, "Social norms have begun to change. They’ve shifted. And the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset. And I get it. I get it. I hear what they’re saying. I understand it. And I’ll be much more mindful. That’s my responsibility." Biden once thought unwanted kissing, touching, and fondling was within "boundaries" and a part of "social norms"? That defense seems far-fetched, but when you can say "I don't know nothin', tell me somethin'" and the media gives you a pass, who cares about the truth. Speaking of truth, Vice President Biden will no doubt have to attack President Donald J. Trump and his associates as liars. Democratic analysts and liberal commentators regularly describe all who inhabit President Trump's sphere as double-speaking despots. So, how will "Sleepy Joe" defend his previous support for folks like Attorney General William Barr? Despite a prolific career in Washington where he had been respected by both parties, Barr is now seen as public enemy number one (aside from President Trump of course). But, in 1991 while Barr was in the attorney general confirmation process after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush, Biden praised him as "a throwback to the days when we actually had attorneys general who would talk to you." He also said that Barr was a "heck of an honorable guy.” When Biden is inevitably asked about Barr's character and potential impeachment proceedings, what is he going to say? Will he tell the truth and say Barr is still an upstanding guy, or will he say that something about Barr has changed? Maybe he'll just play dumb and say he didn't know the guy. Regardless, his previous support for Barr will pale in comparison to his support for the 1994 Crime Bill. Prior to the bill's passing, Biden criticized plans from President George HW Bush as being too weak. As noted by Vox, Biden said of one proposal from the president, “Quite frankly, the president’s plan is not tough enough, bold enough, or imaginative enough to meet the crisis at hand,” and he added that President Bush's, “doesn’t include enough police officers to catch the violent thugs, not enough prosecutors to convict them, not enough judges to sentence them, and not enough prison cells to put them away for a long time." Eventually, Biden got the sort of bill he was looking for in the 1994 crime bill. Vox reports, "This 1994 law, partly written by Biden, imposed tougher sentences and increased funding for prisons, contributing to the growth of the US prison population from the 1990s through the 2000s — a trend that’s only begun to reverse in the past few years. It also included other measures, such as the Violence Against Women Act that helped crack down on domestic violence and rape, a 10-year ban on assault weapons, funding for firearm background checks, and grant programs for local and state police." That bill ended up locking millions of, mostly black, men across America. Many say it devastated the inner cities. Progressives hate the bill, and rightfully so. The base of the party even hates the authors of it, chiefly Joe Biden. As Naomi Murakawa says, “There’s a tendency now to talk about Joe Biden as the sort of affable if inappropriate uncle, as a loudmouth and silly, but he’s actually done really deeply disturbing, dangerous reforms that have made the criminal justice system more lethal and just bigger.” While Biden has made amends in certain ways, such as the Second Chance Act of 2007, he still championed the 1994 legislation even calling it the "Biden Crime Bill" on his 2008 presidential campaign website. But, now, with members of his own party advocating for even the Boston Marathon bomber having the right to vote, will Biden pivot and say he too supports criminals having their rights restored? Much of the left believes this is necessary in order to help the black community, which in their mind is still struggling from slavery. Does Biden feel the same? Further to this point, the left has renewed their call for reparations to overcome the evils of slavery. Will Biden say he "didn't know nothin'" when he made comments like these from 1975 regarding reparations: "I don't feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather...I'll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago." Again, Joe will have to plead ignorant of his past in order to gain the support of progressives. The list could go on, and on. This doesn't even delve into his support for the Iraq War nor his apparent lack of knowledge of President Obama's scandals. It also doesn't discuss his plagiarism that derailed his 1988 campaign which, you guessed it, he claimed didn't know he was doing at the time. The truly bad news for Joe is that progressives like Justice Democrats' spokesperson Waleed Saheed are already calling Biden out for his decades of policy which now run counter to progressive ideology. On MSNBC today Saheed questioned "how [Biden's] going to explain to voters who have been affected by his decisions on mass incarceration, the war in Iraq, and financial deregulation and unfair trade deals," while discussing his chances in the 2020 primary. Yesterday after announcing his candidacy, Biden let a Freudian comment slip through the cracks which can answer Saheed's question. When asked why is he the best choice for Democratic voters against Trump he replied, "That'll have to be for the Democrats decide." Indeed, it won't be Biden voicing his own opinions on this campaign trail, it will be Biden telling the voters, "I don't know nothin', tell me something," and changing his tune according to their answers. But, much like my Grandpa and I singing, his campaign will both be tone deaf and hilarious to watch at the same time.

'SNL' brings back Jason Sudeikis' Joe Biden for sensitivity training

Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:13 pm

'SNL' brings back Jason Sudeikis' Joe Biden for sensitivity training

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Category: Entertainment
Published: April 7, 2019

Description: New York (CNN)Former cast member Jason Sudeikis returned to "Saturday Night Live" to reprise one of his most memorable characters: former Vice President Joe Biden. Sudeikis' Biden returned to the NBC variety show to kick off Saturday night's episode by taking sensitivity training, even though he thought he was there to talk about his March Madness bracket. "I know I had Delaware winning the whole thing, even though they didn't make the tournament this year, but hey it's better than last year when I picked Amtrak, right?" he said. Kenan Thompson's adviser character informed the fake Biden that it was about the "touchy, feely stuff." The sketch follows allegations that the real-life Biden made women feel uncomfortable with the way he touched them.

"I'm a hugger, I'm a kisser and a little bit of a sniffer," Sudeikis' Biden said. "But the last thing I want to do is offend anyone." A consultant who handles sensitivity training, played by Kate McKinnon, then came in to help fix Biden's behavior. "Great to meet you," Sudeikis' Biden said up close and nose-to-nose with the female consultant. "Yeah, so this is exactly the kind of thing I'm here to prevent," McKinnon's consultant told the fake Biden. Sudeikis' Biden then played soul singer Lou Rawls to help bring in some "vibes" and build a "human connection." "Mr. Vice President, let's discuss how to properly greet a woman," McKinnon's consultant said. Sudeikis' Biden asked if a hand shake was all right but also asked, "What about if during that handshake I tickle her palm a little bit?" "That's not great," she said. "I would say no tickling at all." Sudeikis' Biden then asked if it was OK if he could still do that "gorgeous lift that they do at the end of 'Dirty Dancing.'" "Who would you do that with?" McKinnon's consultant asked. "Hell, whoever is strong enough to pick me up," he responded. The sensitivity training ended with Sudeikis' Biden saying he really didn't learn anything but felt that it was important to listen. "Let's hug it out, America," he said before saying the show's classic catch phrase, "Live... From New York! It's Saturday night!"

‘Creepy Joe’ Biden made women uneasy. Sorry shouldn’t be the hardest word

Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:23 pm

‘Creepy Joe’ Biden made women uneasy. Sorry shouldn’t be the hardest word
The Guardian

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Category: Politics
Published: April 7, 2019

Description: Joe Biden doesn’t do apologies. The former US vice-president and leading (but still not formally announced) candidate for president sympathises and empathises. He understands and reaches out. He shares. But he doesn’t say he’s sorry. This has never been a big deal, given his famous agreeableness, his easygoing manner, and his much-touted common touch. For a guy who sometimes comes across more like an overgrown puppy than a potential commander-in-chief, it might even have seemed an asset to stand his ground and show a little spine. But over the last week, after eight women have accused Biden of inappropriate touching, aka handsiness, his no-apology stance has turned into a very big deal. How big? Not one of his accusers has called his behaviour – clasping their hands, grabbing their shoulders, touching his forehead to theirs – sexual harassment. Everything has been done in full public view – there are no reports of elevator ambushes or furtive gropes – and pales in comparison to what 20 women have accused Donald Trump of doing. But it’s big enough that after the initial accusation, made by Lucy Flores, a candidate for Nevada lieutenant governor back in 2014, who said that during a campaign rally Biden put his hands on her shoulders and kissed her hair, he made a statement that he didn’t believe he’d acted inappropriately but would listen respectfully to any such suggestion. Two days later, he released a low-key video in which he takes two minutes to say the same thing. Wearing a suit, an American flag lapel pin, but no tie, and sitting in a living room rather than an office, he looks into the camera and says that although shaking hands and hugging and grabbing people by the shoulder is “just who I am”, social norms have changed and in the future he’ll be mindful of other people’s personal space. What he doesn’t say is that he’s aware and sorry that he made these women feel uncomfortable and powerless. He focuses instead on how he felt and what he meant to do. The reaction has been swift, loud and all over the map. The sobriquet “Creepy Joe” raced across the internet, and feminist author Rebecca Traister blasted Biden as paternalistic, entitled and out of touch. Others noted that Flores is a former Bernie Sanders staffer and that whatever her intentions, telling the world about her experience now instead of five years ago has the appearance of giving a boost to her former boss. The Harvard political scientist Theda Skocpol scolded Biden’s critics for overreaching and “out-of-context piling on”. But the larger and perhaps more lasting impact of what’s happened is a renewed attention to other moments in Biden’s long political career in which he stood on what now seems the wrong side of history. The most famous examples are his chairmanship of a Senate committee that subjected Anita Hill to brutal questioning during confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas in 1991 and his vote to authorise the use of force in Iraq in 2002. But he also backed laws that curtailed school integration in the 1970s; banned the use of federal funds for abortions in the US and abroad in the 1980s; promoted tough-on-crime measures in the 1980s and 1990s that contributed to mass incarceration; protected credit card companies from having to tell customers the cumulative cost of partial monthly payments; repealed the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999, which fostered conditions that led to the financial meltdown of 2008; and in 2005 made it more difficult for people to reduce debt by filing for personal bankruptcy. With such a long rap sheet, it may be hard for voters to appreciate Biden’s more positive contributions, which include his sponsorship of the Violence Against Women Act and his support for gay marriage and for an extension of the Voting Rights Act.


A good way for Biden to start making a more favourable impression would be to reconsider that no-apology thing. It’s not impossible, as can be seen in Bernie Sanders’s recent apology for a hostile environment toward women in his 2016 campaign. All Biden has to say is that he’s sorry for making women uncomfortable. This is not a guilty plea or even a reversal of what he’s previously said; rather, it’s an acknowledgment that regardless of what he meant to do, women ended up feeling badly and he regrets that he caused this to happen. There may be other women smarting from his unwanted attention and they would probably welcome these words. Of course, an apology won’t guarantee his nomination. But failing to make a mea culpa, much less trying to laugh the matter off as he did on Friday during a speech at a labour union convention in Washington DC, when he hugged the president and then assured the audience he’d asked his permission, will only make the problem worse. Moreover, it puts him in the company of other men who refuse to apologise, notably the president of the United States. For Trump to do anything except insist he’s right and everyone else is wrong is a sign of weakness. Biden has already been given the soubriquet “Creepy Joe”. It’s a bad crowd and being part of it will leave a legacy that Biden should not want to share.

Biden Faces Conflict of Interest Questions That Are Being Promoted by Trump and Allies

Tue May 14, 2019 4:50 pm

Biden Faces Conflict of Interest Questions That Are Being Promoted by Trump and Allies
The New York Times

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Category: Politics
Published: May 1, 2019

Description: WASHINGTON — It was a foreign policy role Joseph R. Biden Jr. enthusiastically embraced during his vice presidency: browbeating Ukraine’s notoriously corrupt government to clean up its act. And one of his most memorable performances came on a trip to Kiev in March 2016, when he threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.


The pressure campaign worked. The prosecutor general, long a target of criticism from other Western nations and international lenders, was soon voted out by the Ukrainian Parliament. Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden, Mr. Biden’s younger son, who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general. Hunter Biden was a Yale-educated lawyer who had served on the boards of Amtrak and a number of nonprofit organizations and think tanks, but lacked any experience in Ukraine and just months earlier had been discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine. He would be paid as much as $50,000 per month in some months for his work for the company, Burisma Holdings. The broad outlines of how the Bidens’ roles intersected in Ukraine have been known for some time. The former vice president’s campaign said that he had always acted to carry out United States policy without regard to any activities of his son, that he had never discussed the matter with Hunter Biden and that he learned of his son’s role with the Ukrainian energy company from news reports. But new details about Hunter Biden’s involvement, and a decision this year by the current Ukrainian prosecutor general to reverse himself and reopen an investigation into Burisma, have pushed the issue back into the spotlight just as the senior Mr. Biden is beginning his 2020 presidential campaign. They show how Hunter Biden and his American business partners were part of a broad effort by Burisma to bring in well-connected Democrats during a period when the company was facing investigations backed not just by domestic Ukrainian forces but by officials in the Obama administration. Hunter Biden’s work for Burisma prompted concerns among State Department officials at the time that the connection could complicate Vice President Biden’s diplomacy in Ukraine, former officials said. “I have had no role whatsoever in relation to any investigation of Burisma, or any of its officers,” Hunter Biden said Wednesday in a statement. “I explicitly limited my role to focus on corporate governance best practices to facilitate Burisma’s desire to expand globally.” Hunter Biden, who left Burisma’s board last month, was one of many politically prominent Americans of both major parties who made money in Ukraine over the last decade. In several cases — most notably that of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman — that business came under criminal investigation that exposed a seedy side of the lucrative Western consulting industry in Ukraine. But the renewed scrutiny of Hunter Biden’s experience in Ukraine has also been fanned by allies of Mr. Trump. They have been eager to publicize and even encourage the investigation, as well as other Ukrainian inquiries that serve Mr. Trump’s political ends, underscoring the Trump campaign’s concern about the electoral threat from the former vice president’s presidential campaign. The Trump team’s efforts to draw attention to the Bidens’ work in Ukraine, which is already yielding coverage in conservative media, has been led partly by Rudolph W. Giuliani, who served as a lawyer for Mr. Trump in the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Mr. Giuliani’s involvement raises questions about whether Mr. Trump is endorsing an effort to push a foreign government to proceed with a case that could hurt a political opponent at home. Mr. Giuliani has discussed the Burisma investigation, and its intersection with the Bidens, with the ousted Ukrainian prosecutor general and the current prosecutor. He met with the current prosecutor multiple times in New York this year. The current prosecutor general later told associates that, during one of the meetings, Mr. Giuliani called Mr. Trump excitedly to brief him on his findings, according to people familiar with the conversations. Mr. Giuliani declined to comment on any such phone call with Mr. Trump, but acknowledged that he has discussed the matter with the president on multiple occasions. Mr. Trump, in turn, recently suggested he would like Attorney General William P. Barr to look into the material gathered by the Ukrainian prosecutors — echoing repeated calls from Mr. Giuliani for the Justice Department to investigate the Bidens’ Ukrainian work and other connections between Ukraine and the United States. Mr. Giuliani said he got involved because he was seeking to counter the Mueller investigation with evidence that Democrats conspired with sympathetic Ukrainians to help initiate what became the special counsel’s inquiry. “I can assure you this all started with an allegation about possible Ukrainian involvement in the investigation of Russian meddling, and not Biden,” Mr. Giuliani said. “The Biden piece is collateral to the bigger story, but must still be investigated, but without the prejudgments that infected the collusion story.” The decision to reopen the investigation into Burisma was made in March by the current Ukrainian prosecutor general, who had cleared Hunter Biden’s employer more than two years ago. The announcement came in the midst of Ukraine’s contentious presidential election, and was seen in some quarters as an effort by the prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, to curry favor from the Trump administration for his boss and ally, the incumbent president, Petro O. Poroshenko. Mr. Poroshenko lost his re-election bid in a landslide last month. While the incoming president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has said he will replace Mr. Lutsenko as prosecutor general, Mr. Zelensky has not said whether the prosecutors he appoints will be asked to continue the investigation. Kostiantyn H. Kulyk, a deputy for Mr. Lutsenko who was handling the cases before being reassigned last month, told The New York Times that he was scrutinizing millions of dollars of payments from Burisma to the firm that paid Hunter Biden. No evidence has surfaced that the former vice president intentionally tried to help his son by pressing for the prosecutor general’s dismissal. Some of his former associates, moreover, said Mr. Biden never did anything to deter other Obama administration officials who were pushing for the United States to support criminal investigations by Ukrainian and British authorities — and potentially to start its own investigation — into Burisma and its owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, for possible money laundering and abuse of office. The Biden campaign cast the revival of the Ukrainian investigation as politically motivated and pointed to the involvement of Mr. Giuliani to question the motives behind the new scrutiny. Kate Bedingfield, a Biden campaign spokeswoman, said the former vice president’s 2016 push to oust the former prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, was undertaken “without any regard for how it would or would not impact any business interests of his son, a private citizen.” The effort, she added, was consistent with “the United States’ foreign policy to root out corruption in Ukraine” and was backed by the United States government, allies and multilateral institutions, including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The younger Mr. Biden said in the statement, “At no time have I discussed with my father the company’s business, or my board service, including my initial decision to join the board.” Mr. Lutsenko denied any political motivation in reopening the case. Hunter Biden, 49, is the middle of three children his father had with his first wife, Neilia Biden. She and the youngest child died in an automobile crash in 1972. Hunter and his older brother, Beau, survived the crash, and Beau Biden went on to a career in public service. Beau Biden died from brain cancer in 2015 at age 46. After graduating from Yale Law School, Hunter Biden took on a number of roles that intersected with his father’s political career, including working with a Delaware-based credit card issuer, working at the Commerce Department under President Bill Clinton and working as a lobbyist on behalf of various universities, associations and companies. When his father was selected as Barack Obama’s running mate in 2008, Hunter Biden terminated his lobbying registrations, which at the time included a company that had lobbied the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which his father had served, about online gambling issues. Months after his father became vice president, Mr. Biden joined with Christopher Heinz, the stepson of John Kerry, then a senator, and Devon Archer, a Kerry family friend, to create a network of investment and consulting firms with variations of the name Rosemont Seneca. Mr. Kerry would go on to become secretary of state. Mr. Biden and Mr. Archer pursued business with international entities that had a stake in American foreign policy decisions, sometimes in countries where connections implied political influence and protection. Among the companies they did work for was Burisma, a natural gas company owned by Mr. Zlochevsky. Mr. Zlochevsky had served nearly four years in the government of the former Ukrainian president Viktor F. Yanukovych, who stepped down in early 2014 and fled amid mass street protests. In the months after the collapse of Mr. Yanukovych’s government, Mr. Zlochevsky also fled the country as Ukrainian prosecutors opened multiple investigations into him and his businesses. Britain’s Serious Fraud Office froze London accounts linked to Mr. Zlochevsky containing $23 million, declaring it was connected to money laundering and Yanukovych-era corruption. (The British prosecution later collapsed because of what American officials said was a lack of cooperation from the office of the Ukrainian prosecutor general who preceded Mr. Shokin.) When Mr. Shokin became prosecutor general in February 2015, he inherited several investigations into the company and Mr. Zlochevsky, including for suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering. Mr. Shokin also opened an investigation into the granting of lucrative gas licenses to companies owned by Mr. Zlochevsky when he was the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources. Mr. Zlochevsky and Burisma have always vigorously disputed the accusations against them. Views about the role of the Bidens in the matter depend to some degree on questions about Mr. Shokin’s motives. Among both Ukrainian and American officials, there is considerable debate about whether Mr. Shokin was intent on pursuing a legitimate inquiry into Burisma or whether he was merely using the threat of prosecution to solicit a bribe, as Mr. Zlochevsky’s defenders assert. Concerns about Mr. Shokin notwithstanding, the cases against Burisma had high-level support from the Obama administration. In April 2014, it sent top officials to a forum on Ukrainian asset recovery, co-sponsored by the United States government, in London, where Mr. Zlochevsky’s case was highlighted. Early that year, Mr. Archer, the Kerry family friend, and Hunter Biden were part of a wave of Americans who would come from across the Atlantic to help Burisma both with its substantive legal issues and its image. Their support allowed Burisma to create the perception that it was backed by powerful Americans at a time when Ukraine was especially dependent on aid and strategic backing from the United States and its allies, according to people who worked in Ukraine at the time.


First, Mr. Archer joined Burisma’s board. Around the same time, the company started paying the New York law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, where Hunter Biden was working. The firm, which Mr. Biden left at the end of 2017, declined to describe the nature of Boies Schiller’s work for Burisma. But previously unreported financial data from the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office show the company paid $283,000 to Boies Schiller for legal services in 2014. Soon after Mr. Archer joined Burisma’s board, Hunter Biden followed, despite being warned by associates who had experience in Ukraine to stay away from Mr. Zlochevsky, according to a person familiar with the conversations. A news release from the company said Hunter Biden would “be in charge of the holdings’ legal unit and will provide support for the company among international organizations.” Mr. Biden said the news release mischaracterized his role with Burisma. “At no time was I in charge of the company’s legal affairs,” he said. Among the Americans brought in by Hunter Biden’s American business partners to help fend off the investigations was Blue Star Strategies, a consulting firm run by Clinton administration veterans that had done substantial work in Ukraine. A team from Blue Star, and an American lawyer Blue Star hired, John D. Buretta, who had served as a senior official in the Obama Justice Department, held two previously unreported meetings in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, with Mr. Lutsenko, who took office in May 2016 after Mr. Shokin’s dismissal, according to people with direct knowledge of the meetings. Mr. Lutsenko denied attending the meeting. Mr. Lutsenko initially took a hard line against Burisma. But within 10 months after he took office, Burisma announced that Mr. Lutsenko and the courts had “fully closed” all “legal proceedings and pending criminal allegations” against Mr. Zlochevsky and his companies, and that the oligarch had been removed by a Ukrainian court from “the wanted list.” Mr. Zlochevsky returned to the country. Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine appears to have been well compensated. Burisma paid $3.4 million to a company called Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC from mid-April 2014, when Hunter Biden and Mr. Archer joined the board, to late 2015, according to the financial data provided by the Ukrainian deputy prosecutor. The payments continued after that, according to people familiar with the arrangement. Rosemont Seneca Bohai was controlled by Mr. Archer, who left Burisma’s board after he was charged in connection with a scheme to defraud pension funds and an Indian tribe of tens of millions of dollars. Bank records submitted in that case — which resulted in a conviction for Mr. Archer that was overturned in November — show that Rosemont Seneca Bohai made regular payments to Mr. Biden that totaled as much as $50,000 in some months. Amos J. Hochstein, who worked with Vice President Biden on Ukraine issues as the State Department’s coordinator for international energy affairs, said the Obama administration’s support for prosecuting Mr. Zlochevsky contradicts any implication that the elder Mr. Biden was seeking to oust Mr. Shokin in order to protect his son or Mr. Zlochevsky. “I was in almost every single meeting that Vice President Biden had with President Poroshenko, I was on every trip, and I was on most of the phone calls, and there was never a discussion about his son, or Burisma,” Mr. Hochstein said. “None of these issues ever came up.” On Wednesday, Hunter Biden said in his statement that his term as a director had expired and that he was stepping down from Burisma’s board in a political climate “where my qualifications and work are being attacked by Rudy Giuliani and his minions for transparent political purposes.”

Dick Morris: How Biden’s Son Got 1.5 Billion from China

Fri May 17, 2019 5:13 am

Dick Morris: How Biden’s Son Got 1.5 Billion from China
The Western Journal

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Category: Politics
Published: April 30, 2019

Description: Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, went hunting for cash in China during an official state visit by his father, the vice president in 2013. On his financial safari in Beijing, he managed to bag a $1.5 billion investment in his own hedge fund, Rosemont Seneca Partners. The key moment in his hunting expedition came ten days after he accompanied his father to China when the government-owned Bank of China agreed to invest $1 billion — later upped to $1.5 billion — in Rosemont Seneca Partners. The likes of Jimmy Carter’s brother Billy, Bill Clinton’s brother Roger, and Hillary Clinton’s brothers Tony and Hugh Rodham could only dream about paydays like this. Their manipulation of their relative’s fame and power led to paltry payoffs in the millions.


Leave it to the Bidens to break ten figures. And Hunter made good use of China’s money. Rosemont used part of Beijing’s billions to invest in the automotive subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China. According to Breitbart and The Hill, AVIC is “a major Chinese military contractor accused of frequently stealing U.S. military technology.” AVIC, armed with Hunter’s investment, went on to buy 51 percent of American precision-parts manufacturer Henniges. Hunter purchased the other 49 percent to keep it in the family. This strategic purchase had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the same body that Oked Putin’s acquisition of 20 percent of America’s uranium supply. The committee obligingly had no objection. Hunter\u2019s hunt began in 2011 when he and his associates met with top Chinese government fund leaders only hours before Vice President Biden met with Hu Jintao, China\u2019s president. Most politicians, following the likes of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Clintons, wait until after they have been elected to let their family enrich themselves by using their influence. But the Bidens jumped the gun.

Biden places hands on girl, 10, and tells her: 'You're good-looking'

Wed May 29, 2019 6:04 pm

Biden places hands on girl, 10, and tells her: 'You're good-looking'
Washington Examiner

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Category: Politics
Published: May 29, 2019

Description: During a campaign event in Texas, Joe Biden told a 10-year-old girl that "I’ll bet you’re as bright as you're good-looking" before taking her by the hand to present her to the press and standing behind her with his hands on her shoulders. The former vice-president was speaking at an American Federation of Teachers town hall in Houston on Tuesday when he took a question from a young girl, who identified herself as Bibi and said she was 10. Reading from a piece of paper, she read her question: "We are the United States of America not the divided states of America. I bring this up because Texas has many ethnic groups living here. What do you intend to do to project a message of unity because of current message we are receiving and dividing people?" Biden grinned and said: "You are very good. How old are you?" He then told here that "When I was your age, kiddo, at 10 years old, I stuttered so badly I could hardly talk." After talking about how his stutter was "incredibly debilitating," he recommended people watch "The King's Speech" and hailing the girl's courage. He then gave a nearly four-minute answer about why he was running for president, white nationalism, and immigration. He then turned to the girl and said: "I'll tell you what, honey. What I'm going to do, if you give me an address, I'm going to write you a longer answer and tell you the exact things I would do, OK? OK? Promise? I’ll bet you’re as bright as you're good-looking. I'll tell you, I'll tell you what. What's your favorite subject?" When her teacher said "journalism," he joked: "Oh! Whoa! I'd better me more circumspect in my answers." Taking the girl by the hand, he took her to the back of the hall and indicated the reporters: "Washington Post, New York Times, all those guys. You go back." He stood behind the girl, keeping his hands on her shoulders as he spoke: "By the way, that's one of the things that's dangerous. They'll tell you, I'm not always their favorite subject but the truth of the matter is the reason we are who we is called a free press, continue to denigrate..." After Biden returned to the front, the announcer told the girl: "You're going to get an internship from the Washington Post, the New York Times, MSNBC." Biden interjected, "If that doesn't work, come work for me."


Biden has faced repeated scrutiny over his habit of touching and getting very close to women and girls. Lucy Flores, a former Nevada lawmaker, said while Biden was campaigning for her while she was running for lieutenant governor, he smelled her hair and gave her a kiss on the back of the head. She described the incident as "awkward and disturbing." At least seven other women have accused him of touching them inappropriately. At the start of his campaign, Biden released a video promising to be more mindful of women's personal space. He said: Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it."

Biden on his impressions of New Hampshire: ‘What's not to like about Vermont?’
Washington Examiner

URL: ... the-former
Category: Politics
Published: August 24, 2019

Description: Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden again confused two U.S. states while campaigning in New Hampshire on Saturday. The former vice presidential was holding a press gaggle when he was asked about his impression of Keene, New Hampshire, where he is spending most of his weekend appealing to voters.

"What's not to like about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it?" Biden responded, appearing to mix up the two New England states. "And what a neat town. I mean this is sort of a scenic, beautiful town ... everybody has been really friendly. I like Keene a lot."
Biden talks w/press in Keene, NH: "I love this place. Look, what’s not to like about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it? And what a neat town...everybody has been really friendly. I like Keene a lot."


— Bo Erickson (@BoKnowsNews) August 24, 2019

Biden's mix-up follows a series of gaffes in recent weeks, which have included his confusing Burlington, Vermont, and Burlington, Iowa, his insistence that he was still vice president during the 2018 Parkland, Florida, shooting, and his incorrect claim that 40 students were shot at Kent State University in 1970, among others. In the same gaggle on Saturday, Biden was asked about concerns from voters over his age. "I say if they're concerned, don't vote for me," the 76-year-old told reporters.

'You need to ask first': Iowa teacher blasts Biden for grabbing her hands when she asked him a question
Washington Examiner

URL: ... a-question
Category: Politics
Published: September 6, 2019

Description: CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Joe Biden left an Iowa teacher unimpressed with his canned response to her question about collective bargaining, but what she resented more was how he abruptly seized her hands and clung onto them. Roman, 41, had stopped Biden, 76, as he greeted voters on Monday during the Hawkeye Area Labor Council's Labor Day picnic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The North Liberty preschool teacher, who works with special needs children, was pressing the former vice president on his plans to help unionized members of her profession under recent changes to Iowa's collective bargaining laws when he reached for her hands. "I think that he means well but, you know, he grabbed my hands right away and that was really uncomfortable," she told the Washington Examiner. "He was very close and, in my mind, I'm like, this is part of our problem: Not recognizing that you need to ask first, or can I shake your hand? Not just grab your hands and hang onto them. That bothers me."


The interaction was witnessed by the Washington Examiner and captured on video from two different angles. Roman, who is leaning toward caucusing for California Sen. Kamala Harris or Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, wanted a more detailed answer to her question about collective bargaining in Iowa, which has a restrictive framework similar to Wisconsin. It was "a very well rehearsed list" that "didn't really speak" to her inquiry, she said. Biden has been accused by at least eight women for touching them without permission. Amid a furor over the allegations, he said that he accepted that "social norms are changing," adding: "I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it." His wife Jill said that his inappropriate contact "won't happen again." Days after his vow to change, however, Biden joked about the allegations. Despite repeated advice from his staff, Biden still routinely touches women and children at events, whether they like it or not. A spokesman for the campaign did not respond to a request for comment. Roman told the Washington Examiner she had major doubts about the Biden's candidacy, his third bid for the White House. "I wouldn't say it's something that I didn't like but, you know, I'm in my 40s, I'm raising a teenager, I work with very young families, and he's not relevant," she said. "It's been too long since he's raised a family, too long since he's lived on a normal paycheck. I want somebody that actually gets it, that understands what it is to live on the paychecks that we live on, the housing crisis that we have, all of the ways that those things affect us."

'Is he confusing them?': Biden appears to have mixed up Iraq and Afghanistan in debate
Washington Examiner

URL: ... -in-debate
Category: Politics
Published: September 14, 2019

Description: Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has made his foreign policy prowess and experience a centerpiece of his 2020 White House bid, appeared to mix up Iraq and Afghanistan in a debate answer on Thursday. ABC News debate moderator David Muir said, "I want to turn to Vice President Biden, because the concerns about any possible vacuum being created in Afghanistan, if you pulled the U.S. troops out, has been heightened by what we've seen in recent days on the ground in Iraq." "When you were vice president, President Obama turned to you to bring the troops home from Iraq," Muir continued. "You have said on the campaign trail, quote, 'I made sure the president turned to me and said, Joe, get our combat troops out of Iraq.' There was a major drawdown of U.S. troops, and then ISIS seized by some estimates 40% of the territory in Iraq. You then had to send thousands of troops back in. Was it wrong to pull out of Iraq that quickly? And did the move actually help ISIS take hold?" Biden responded, "No, it wasn't wrong to pull out. But I want to answer your Afghanistan question. I've been in and out of Afghanistan, not with a gun, and I admire my friend [Pete Buttigieg] for his service. But I've been out of Afghanistan I think more than anybody on this — and it's an open secret, you reported a long time ago, George [Stephanopoulos], that I was opposed to the surge in Afghanistan." This was an accurate reference to Biden's opposition to Obama’s 2009 decision to send 40,000 extra troops into Afghanistan. But Biden then seemed to become confused and veered into incoherence. "The whole purpose of going to Afghanistan was to not have a counterinsurgency, meaning that we're going to put that country together," he said. "It cannot be put together. Let me say it again. It will not be put together. It's three different countries. Pakistan owns the three counties — the three provinces in the east. They're not any part of — the Haqqanis run it. I will go on and on." The Haqqani Network is a Sunni Islamist militant organization affiliated with the Taliban. It is designated by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization that runs primarily out of North Waziristan and Pakistan and conducts cross-border operations into eastern Afghanistan and Kabul. There are 34 distinct provinces, and splitting up the country has never been proposed during the 18 years since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. There were, however, proposal to split up Iraq into three separate entities based on the Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish regions of Iraq. Biden himself was an advocate of the idea (which was never taken seriously by either the Bush or Obama administrations) in a 2006 foreign policy op-ed calling for Iraq to be divided. Steve Saideman, an Afghanistan specialist at Carleton University, told Vox, “When talking about Afghanistan and reaching an agreement, I have never heard anyone refer to three regions. While federalism will probably play a role, the numbers there are around 30 or so for all of the provinces, not three.” He added, “Biden might have confused Afghanistan with Iraq." Biden then turned to his false claim that he turned against the Iraq War on the day it was launched in April 2003. "I said something that was not meant the way I said it. I said — from that point on — what I was argued against in the beginning, once he started to put the troops in, was that in fact we were doing it the wrong way; there was no plan; we should not be engaged; we didn't have the people with us; we didn't have our — we didn't have allies with us, etcetera," he said. What Biden didn't admit was that he was solidly for the war for many months after the invasion and did not make these arguments until things began to go wrong in 2004. Max Bergmann, former State Department official and a senior fellow at the center-left Center for American Progress, said via Twitter that if rival Elizabeth "Warren gave Biden's answer on Afghanistan, she would be eviscerated." The Afghan-born entrepreneur Saad Mohseni said that "Joe Biden is [in] need of a major lesson in geography - not that he can retain much at his age (and mental state)" Scott Shadian, a former Bush administration official who advised two U.S. ambassadors to Afghanistan, responded, "He said the exact same thing about Iraq. Is he confusing them?

Joe Biden Advocates “Real Physical Revolution” to Push Through His Political Agenda

Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:30 pm

Joe Biden Advocates “Real Physical Revolution” to Push Through His Political Agenda

URL: ... al-agenda/
Category: Politics
Published: June 18, 2019

Description: Imagine if a Republican had said this
Presidential frontrunner Joe Biden advocated a “real physical revolution” to push through his political agenda during a speech at Trinity University in Washington. Asked by host Joy Reid how he would get his proposals through a Senate controlled by the GOP, Biden said, “There are certain things where it just takes a brass knuckle fight.”


The former Vice-President then appeared to walk back his rhetoric, saying it was the president’s job to “persuade the public”.“So you go out and beat them….you make the case — you make an explicit case,” said Biden. However, he then suggested, rather than to just “go home,” it was better to turn to more extreme methods. “Or let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it because we have to be able to change what we’re doing within our system,” said Biden. Given how polarized America is right now, one wonders what the reaction would have been to a Republican making similar comments.

Joe Biden Forcefully Grabs Young Woman During Iowa State Fair

URL: ... tate-fair/
Category: Politics
Published: August 9, 2019

Description: Presidential frontrunner was asked, “How many genders are there?”


New video footage shows presidential frontrunner Joe Biden forcefully grabbing a young woman by the arm at the Iowa State Fair in response to the woman asking Biden how many genders there are. The clip shows ‘Katie’ – a college student in Iowa walking up to Biden and asking him, “How many genders are there?” “Pardon me?” responds Biden, before Katie repeats the question. “How many genders are there?” “There are at least three,” responds Biden. “What are they?” asks Katie. “Don’t play games with me kid,” responds Biden.
My team just forwarded this video to me Watch former Vice President Biden forcefully grab one of our young field staffers at yesterday’s Iowa State Fair after she asked him how many genders there are


— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) August 9, 2019

The video then shows Biden grabbing Katie by the arm, turning her around and stating, “By the way, first one to come out for marriage was me,” presumably referring to gay marriage. “He grabs my arm and pulls me back to make eye contact with him again,” said Katie, adding that the incident made her “very very mad that someone would actually treat me like that.” Biden’s physical conduct towards the young woman is clearly inappropriate for someone with his reputation and quite shocking for a presidential frontrunner surrounded by cameras. Back in April, the former Vice President said he would change his behavior after being accused by numerous women of “inappropriate touching,” but it appears as though he hasn’t learned anything.

Biden Apparently Forgets Obama’s Name

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Category: Politics
Published: August 28, 2019

Description: “President… My Boss,” he says with a pause


Joe Biden apparently forgot Obama’s name when referring to the former president during a recent speech. Biden was speaking about Russia’s annexation of Crimea during the Obama administration when he paused after stating “President…” and then broke the pause by stating “my boss.”
Joe Biden appears to forget Barack Obama's name


— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 28, 2019

It’s pretty well known (to say the least) that President Obama was Biden’s boss, so unless Biden forgot Obama’s name it’s not clear why Biden would need to make the clarification. According to the audio: “Because they invaded another country, and annexed a significant portion of Crimea, he’s [presumably Trump] saying that it was President… my boss, it was his fault.” Biden’s poll numbers have been tanking lately as questions emerge over his cognitive abilities due to his numerous “gaffes” on the campaign trail, which had led some to focus on the fact that Biden had two brain surgeries in 1988. The former vice president even went on the defensive over the criticism this past weekend by stating “I want to be clear, I’m not going nuts.”

Biden Suggests Starting ‘Physical Revolution’ To Deal With Republicans

Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:40 pm

Biden Suggests Starting ‘Physical Revolution’ To Deal With Republicans
Daily Wire

URL: ... n-saavedra
Category: Politics
Published: June 17, 2019

Description: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden appeared to suggest using violence against Republicans on Monday in response to a question about how he as president would deal with opposition to his agenda in the Senate from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Biden, currently the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, made the remarks at the Moral Action Congress of the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D.C. MSNBC's Joy Reid asked Biden: "How would you get past either a majority Republican Senate in which Mitch McConnell was determined to kill all of these ideas or even a Mitch McConnell in the minority who repeated the consistent filibustering when you were vice president and anything that came from the Obama-Biden administration Mitch McConnell considered dead on arrival?" "Joy, I know you're one of the ones who thinks it's naive to think we have to work together," Biden responded. "The fact of the matter is if we can't get a consensus, nothing happens except the abuse of power by the executive." "There are certain things where it just takes a brass knuckle fight," Biden continued, later adding: "Let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it."

Biden sidesteps questions about his son's foreign business dealings but promises ethics pledge

Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:58 pm

Biden sidesteps questions about his son's foreign business dealings but promises ethics pledge
ABC News

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Category: Politics
Published: June 20, 2019

Description: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden declined to answer questions on the campaign trail this week about his son's overseas business dealings in countries where the then-vice president was conducting diplomatic work, an issue his political opponents have already begun to wield against him as he wades into the 2020 presidential campaign.


More than once, after his father engaged in diplomacy on behalf of the United States in foreign countries, Hunter Biden conducted business in the same country. At two separate campaign stops on Monday, Biden avoided questions about his son while his staff blocked reporters from approaching the candidate. Biden's campaign did provide ABC News with a statement saying the former vice president has always adhered to "well-established executive branch ethics standards," adding that if Biden wins the White House he will issue an executive order to "address conflicts of interest of any kind." "This process will be set out in detail in the executive order," the statement reads, "that President Biden would issue on his first day in office." The ethics pledge follows renewed questions about a pair of overseas business opportunities involving Hunter Biden – one in Ukraine, another in China – that already have begun to generate political attacks from Joe Biden's conservative critics. Ethics experts interviewed by ABC News said these are legitimate questions about possible past and future conflicts of interest. In April of 2014, the then-vice president led a U.S. delegation to Kiev tasked with rooting out corruption and advocating for Ukraine to diminish its reliance on Russian oil. The Obama administration had pledged aid money to support a fledgling Ukrainian administration recovering from a revolution that ousted the country's previous leader. "You have to fight the cancer of corruption that is endemic in your system right now," Biden told the Ukrainian parliament during the first of several post-revolution visits to the country. "And with the right investments and the right choices, Ukraine can reduce its energy dependence and increase its energy security." Within weeks of his visit, Ukraine's largest energy producer, Burisma Energy, appointed Hunter Biden to a paid directorship on the firm's board. Just months before, in December of 2013, there was a similar episode when the then-vice president led an Obama administration effort to tamp down tensions in the Far East. Hunter Biden disembarked from Air Force Two in Beijing alongside his father, ahead of a series of meetings between the vice president and several high-ranking members of China's ruling party. Upon his departure, Joe Biden called Chinese President Xi Jinping a "good friend." Within weeks of that visit, Hunter Biden was doing business there, as a participant in a firm called Bohai Harvest RST. The corporation formed a novel Chinese-American investment partnership that involved such Chinese state-owned firms as the Bank of China. Reports at the time said they sought to raise $1.5 billion. In response to questions from ABC News, Hunter Biden maintained that he and his father never talked about his overseas ventures. "At no time have I discussed with my father the company's business, or my board service," Hunter Biden said in statement forwarded to ABC News by his attorney. "Any suggestion to the contrary is just plain wrong." An attorney for Hunter Biden told ABC News the vice president's son merely accompanied his daughter, Finnegan Biden, on the Air Force Two trip to Beijing and conducted no business during the visit. Robert Weissman, the president of progressive watchdog group Public Citizen and a frequent critic of business dealings by President Donald Trump's children -- including the Trump Organization's ongoing development projects overseas -- told ABC News that it can be challenging for the adult children of well-known political figures to carve out careers that don't pose ethics concerns, but he considers Hunter Biden's decisions concerning. "At absolute minimum there's a huge appearance of conflict, and there's every reason to think that the investors that he‘s working with want him partnering with them because he's the son of the then-vice president and now presidential candidate," Weissman said. "[Joe Biden] should have encouraged his son to not take these positions."
Biden defends his son
The Ukrainian energy firm Burisma tapped Hunter Biden -- a Yale-trained attorney who worked at the Manhattan-based law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP -- to lead its legal unit and "provide support for the company among international organizations," according to the company's announcement at the time. Hunter Biden and his associate at a business entity called Rosemont Seneca Partners -- where Hunter Biden was a managing partner -- both obtained board seats, and according to banking records reviewed by ABC News, the firm began collecting $166,666 payments each month. In a statement to ABC News, Biden said "at no time" was he "in charge of the company's legal affairs" and said he "earned [his] qualifications for such a role based on [his] extensive prior board service." Hunter Biden had served on other corporate boards, including as vice chairman of the board overseeing Amtrak. He had no known experience in Ukraine or the highly competitive energy field, but said in his statement that he joined the board "to help reform Burisma's practices of transparency, corporate governance and responsibility." But questions were raised at the time. Asked about the appointment in May of 2014 by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, then-press secretary Jay Carney responded that "Hunter Biden and other members of the Biden family are obviously private citizens, and where they work does not reflect an endorsement by the administration or by the vice president or president." More details of his work for Burisma surfaced in the 2018 book "Secret Empires" by conservative author Peter Schweizer, and as Biden moved closer to announcing his bid for the White House, news reports began focusing greater attention on the burgeoning controversy. Reports in The Hill and The New York Times noted that the vice president's reform campaign in Ukraine included an effort to call for the dismissal of Viktor Shokin, then the country's controversial chief prosecutor. The reports noted that Shokin had ostensibly been leading an investigation into Burisma and its founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, for possible financial crimes. Both Zlochevsky and the company have denied wrongdoing and neither have faced charges, but in an interview with ABC News, Shokin maintained his suspicions about the vice president's motives, accusing Biden of promoting his dismissal for personal reasons. He insisted he had "no doubt" Biden wanted him gone in an effort to protect his son's new employer. "Biden was acting not like a U.S. vice president, but as an individual," Shokin told ABC News, "like the individual interested in having me removed -- having me gone so that I did not interfere in the Burisma investigation." A Biden campaign spokesman rejected the premise of Shokin's allegation, saying Biden had "acted at all times in a manner consistent with well-established executive branch ethics standards." And the assertion that Biden acted to help his son has been undercut by widespread criticism of Shokin from several high-profile international leaders who said Biden's recommendation was well justified. Once Shokin was removed, the European Union's envoy to Ukraine, Jan Tombinski, lauded the decision as "an opportunity to make a fresh start." With Biden emerging as a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, however, Trump has sought to keep the issue in the public eye, aided by personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who announced last month that he planned to travel to Ukraine to urge officials there to investigate Biden's efforts to lobby for Shokin's ouster. "Explain to me why Biden shouldn't be investigated," Giuliani tweeted in May, before canceling the trip after facing criticism for appearing to engage a foreign government for political help. Biden chaffed at Giuliani's efforts when was asked about the matter during a candidate forum in New Hampshire in May. And he defended his son, saying "all the reports indicated that not a single, solitary thing was inappropriate about what my son did. He never talked to me. He never talked to anybody in the administration." "I give you my word. None," he said, adding that "with all the investigation that's been done, there's not a single piece of evidence that he ever talked to anybody in government about it. … And I have faith in him." But those assurances have failed to put the issue to rest. Even one of the activists Biden's team asked ABC News to contact had deep reservations about Hunter Biden's decision to accept a board seat at Burisma. Daria Kaleniuk, a Ukrainian anti-corruption advocate, did not see fault in Joe Biden's conduct, saying she thought he "did what he had to do" in pursuing Shokin's removal, but decried his son's decision as "a very bad thing." "[Hunter Biden] was very wrong," Kaleniuk said. "He allowed his name to be abused, and with that he made easy money."
Lingering questions
Ukraine is not the only foreign territory in which there are lingering questions about business conducted by Hunter Biden. His exact role in the Chinese investment fund Bohai Harvest RST remains unclear. The firm's website described the venture as being "sponsored" by the government-controlled Bank of China, and securities filings in the U.S. say the fund was "to focus on mergers and acquisitions, and investment in and reforms of state-owned enterprise." A source familiar with Hunter Biden's involvement said he served as an unpaid director and has not yet received any returns on his investments from the fund, adding that he only became a minority stake-holder in the company in October 2017, with his current investment estimated at approximately $430,000. He continues to play an active role, according to his attorney. And that presents a problem for ethics experts. "If Hunter Biden is still connected with [the Chinese investment firm], he needs to get out of that relationship," Weissman, president of Public Citizen, told ABC News. "And there should be as much clarity as possible about what actually is going on there as well." The timing of that deal has also caught the attention of Trump, who, earlier this month, challenged reporters on the South Lawn: "Biden has some kind of relationship financially -- or his son -- with China? Tell me about that." In his statement to ABC News, Hunter Biden blamed the negative attention on the political climate. "The narratives that have been suggested and developed by the right-wing political apparatus are demonstrably false," he said. "These distortions of reality will not distract my father, nor make me question my judgment in my initial decision to join the board of Burisma to do the good work necessary for the benefit of the company and Ukraine." Hunter Biden said his directorship at Burisma recently expired, and he declined the company's offer to renew it. "In this political climate," he said, "where my qualifications and work are being attacked by Rudy Giuliani and his minions for transparent political purposes, I have decided not to renew my directorship."

Joe Biden keeps making things worse for himself

Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:31 pm

Joe Biden keeps making things worse for himself
New York Post

URL: ... r-himself/
Category: Politics
Published: July 5, 2019

Description: In an especially combative interview Friday with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Joe Biden was hoping to rebound from his dismal debate performance. Instead, he kept making it worse.


Most notably, the former vice president stumbled trying to explain his positions on mandatory school busing from more than 40 years ago. As Cuomo even reminded him in the interview, Biden was so bad that at one point in the debate, he voluntarily pointed out he was out of time so he wouldn’t have to keep talking. Biden still didn’t have a good answer. He repeatedly used arcane legal terms and made awkward and defensive statements to establish his racial bona fides such as, “My state is the eighth-largest black population in the country as a percent of population.” Coming up with a response shouldn’t be hard for Biden. Busing in the name of integration isn’t a popular policy, even among African Americans. Kamala Harris, who berated Biden over busing and managed to score a bump in the polls as a result, has herself flip-flopped on the issue. On June 27, her campaign said she supported busing. On July 4th, the campaign was backing away from endorsing busing, saying, “Surely, we can all agree that 2019 is not 1975.” But Biden never bothered challenging her hypocrisy. Then when Cuomo shifted the topic to Russian election meddling in Europe and America, Biden bizarrely asserted that the Obama administration never let that happen. “You think that would happen on my watch, on Barack’s watch? You can’t answer that, but I promise you it wouldn’t have. And it didn’t,” he said. And throughout it all, Biden was angry. Whenever Cuomo pushed him, he repeatedly exclaimed, “Come on, man!” to the point he sounded like a sportscaster with Tourette’s syndrome. Biden was so visibly frustrated he even managed to create furrows in his heavily Botoxed brow so deep he could plant corn in there and collect ethanol subsidies on his next campaign stop in Iowa. The interview was ended only when an aide stepped in to stop it. It was a mercy killing, and a sure sign that those on the campaign felt that 76-year-old was out of control. There’s an old adage in politics: If you’re explaining, you’re losing. And ever since last week’s Democratic debate, Biden has been tripping over himself to explain his lackluster performance and generally acting like, well, a loser.

Latest Biden blunder: ‘Poor kids’ are just as bright as ‘white kids’
New York Post

URL: ... hite-kids/
Category: Politics
Published: August 8, 2019

Description: Gaffe-prone presidential hopeful Joe Biden put his foot in his mouth during an Iowa campaign stop on Thursday when he told a group of predominately Asian and Hispanic voters that “poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.” Biden committed the stunning blunder while speaking about education at a town hall with the Asian and Latino Coalition in Des Moines, where he’s campaigning and fundraising for the 2020 Democratic primary. “We should challenge students in these schools and have advanced placement programs in these schools. We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it,” Biden said at the event, according to video of his remarks. “Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids,” he added. Biden almost immediately went into damage control mode, quickly adding: “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids, no I really mean it, but think how we think about it.” But President Trump’s campaign quickly seized on the tongue slip, with his “rapid response director” Andrew Clark tweeting out a video clip of the remark. “Yikes…have fun mitigating that one,” he tweeted. Biden walked out of the Democratic primary debates last week red-faced after he accidentally told donors to “go to Joe 30330” when he meant to tell them to “text JOE to 30330″ to donate. On Monday, the befuddled 76-year-old bungled the locations of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings when he expressed sympathy for the “tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before.”

Joe Biden claims there are ‘at least 3’ genders during Iowa campaign stop, blows up at college student
New York Post

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Category: Politics
Published: August 10, 2019

Description: Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden claimed there are more than two genders, then blew up at a young woman who pressed him on the question. “There are at least three,” Biden told an Iowa college student at the Iowa State Fair, after she asked him how many genders he believes exist. But after the young woman asked the gaffe-prone candidate to explain what they are, Biden grew heated, according to a video of the interaction posted to Twitter on Friday. “Don’t play games with me, kid,” he barked. Moments later, he grabbed the questioner’s arm and pulled her toward him to emphasize his history of support for same-sex marriage. “By the way, first one to come out for marriage was me,” he said. The student was a field organizer for Turning Point USA, a group for right-wing college students. Biden has been criticized for multiple incidents of inappropriately touching girls and women and has had multiple verbal stumbles on the campaign trail — including his Thursday statement that “poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.”
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